Peri Finkelstein’s 1000 Steps

An inspiring video of one girl defying all odds, and the 450 Chai Lifeline runners who cheered her on.

Peri Finkelstein is a 16-year-old girl from West Hempstead, NY who was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. At 6 months old, her parents were told that any form of therapy would be useless and that she would never walk. She is trached and on a ventilator 24/7. Chai Lifeline has always been a huge part of her life and has given both her and her family hope, support, love and courage. Team Peri was formed 7 years ago as a way to give back to Chai Lifeline, the organization that has always stood by Peri. On January 24, 2016, Peri defied all odds and walked over ONE THOUSAND STEPS to cross the finish line along with over 450 Team Lifeline runners at the Miami Marathon.

Peri has committed to walk the last mile in honor of all of friends of Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha. Her dream is to top last year’s fundraising goal of $62,000. Watch her amazing feat below.

Comments (5)

(5) Anonymous, April 26, 2016 11:19 AM

I have no words, just crying.

So inspiring to us all. I will never forget this.

(4) Nancy, April 12, 2016 11:31 AM

Go Peri! Yasher Koach!

I live in a community located about 15 minutes away from Peri. Watching my "neighbor" in that video was nothing short of thrilling. Go Peri!!

(3) Anonymous, April 11, 2016 2:53 PM

I am sitting here crying!

you are a real inspiration to us all, perri.

you have an amazing family and

friends that are family also. hashem should bless you

in all that you want to do and accomplish!!

(2) Anonymous, April 11, 2016 1:10 AM

That was awesome Peri! I have tears in my eyes - the power of determination! You go, girl!

(1) Shlomo, April 10, 2016 1:46 PM

Talk about inspirational. A true living miracle. Way to go Peri! Keep it going!


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