When Caleb Maeir became ill, his friend Roni Allswang went to work to try to keep Caleb’s spirits high and make sure he knew he wasn’t alone.

Roni is a student at the University of Maryland-College Park, majoring in Marketing. He connected with the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem when the organization he created, Team Caleb, joined with Shaare Zedek to fundraise for the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon. After Caleb Maeir was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2015 Roni came up with the idea for Team Caleb, but it was Caleb himself who first chose to partner with Shaare Zedek. Caleb’s great uncle, David Maeir, was the Director-General of Shaare Zedek from 1968-1981. Because of this, Caleb wanted Shaare Zedek to benefit from his friends’ support. While Caleb began this journey with Shaare Zedek in September of 2017, he tragically never got to see the outcome. Sadly, Caleb passed away on December 9, 2017, just three months before the Jerusalem Marathon. Under Roni’s leadership, 98 runners joined Team Caleb and raised more than $75,000 for the Pediatric Cancer unit at Shaare Zedek. Thanks to Roni’s incredible efforts and Team Caleb, so many acts of kindness are done every day in Caleb’s memory. With great admiration, we presented Roni with the Caleb Maeir Memorial Award at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner.