56-year-old Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg from Southfield Michigan appears in is this week’s ‘Heroes Among Us’ page on People Magazine, due to his work with children who fight cancer in his nonprofit organization ‘Kids Kicking Cancer.’
Goldberg’s toddler Sara was diagnosed with leukemia in 1980. At the hospital she’d tell her anxious father “don’t cry Daddy.” She died at the age of two. “Thirty one years later I still cry,” Goldberg told the magazine.
Goldberg, a black belt in Choi Kwon Do, realized he could help seriously ill kids with his skills, so he founded ‘Kids Kicking Cancer,’ and he’s now providing lessons in martial arts, breathing techniques and meditation to 6000 children. Sara Budzynski, 15, who battled leukemia has mastered more than kicks: “The biggest thing I’ve learned is not to give up,” she says.