"The idea of kids helping other kids is such a great way to introduce children to being involved in charitable causes and volunteer work, setting them on the path to doing good for others throughout their lives." ~Brandy Norwood

Doing good for others is exactly why we are honored to present Zach Djamal with the Simcha Layeladim –’s 2013 Youth Leadership Merit Award.

Zach's friend and classmate Kyle Weintraub was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and had to leave his family and friends for treatment at a hospital in Philadelphia. In the past, it would have been impossible for Kyle to keep up with his schoolwork and his classmates at David Posnack Jewish Day School, but thanks to a robot and new technology from VGo, Kyle can continue with his studies while he heals.

Missing his friend and looking for ways to help, Zach Djamal decided to raise money and contribute to the purchase price of the robot. Alerting his parents, family and his friends, Zach raised money to help fund the robot for Kyle.

We are very proud of how Zach's compassion for his classmate made a difference in Kyle's life. Zach and his classmates are doing everything they can to help Kyle beat cancer!" said Lisa Djamal, when she spoke to a Simcha Layeladim -'s volunteer.

It was because of Zach that Kyle's story reached the volunteers of Simch Layeladim -

Kindness is contagious, and so the ripple effect of Zach’s thoughtfulness and ambition to help initiated a substantial donation from Simcha Layeladim in support of Kyle Weintraub's robot.

We sincerely express our gratitude to Zach Djamal and his parents for the support of this initiative. Since 2009, The Djamal family has been a true advocate in the fight against pediatric cancer and have sponsored many Wish Trips for children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The Kyle Project in the News

  • Robot allows student to be in class virtually
    [Published On: Sep 09 2013]
  • Robot Helps S. Fla. Cancer Patient Attend Davie School
    [Published On: Sep 10 2013]
  • Cancer patient goes to school as a robot
    [Published On: August 31 2013]
  • Robot helps boy fighting cancer attend school
    [Published On: Sep 10 2013]
  • Recognizing Kyle Weintraub as a star student
    [Published On: Sep 17 2013]

Help Make a Child's Wish Come True! - Simcha Layeladim - is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that runs almost entirely on donations. We need and appreciate donations of any size to keep providing smiles for children in need of them.