Founder & International Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, who holds a First Degree Black Belt in the Korean art of Choi Kwon Do, first provided a therapeutic martial arts program at Camp Simcha, where he served as the Director from 1990 to 2002. Having lost his first child to leukemia at the age of 2 years, Rabbi Goldberg brings a wealth of personal experience and sensitivity to dealing with children and families facing life-threatening illness. His commitment to ease the pain of very sick children and his dream of bringing healing through the empowering focus of the martial arts resulted in the creation of the Kids Kicking Cancer organization in June, 1999. Rabbi Goldberg, was a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader's Award (2004) and the McCarty Cancer Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award (2004). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Rabbi Goldberg received his BA from Yeshiva University, summa cum laude. Ordination and graduate training were also at Yeshiva University.
Jill is a not for profit communications and fundraising professional that has dedicated her career to helping children. As the Executive Director of Kids Kicking Cancer Canada, she provides strategic leadership expertise to the organization. Her experience also includes leadership, fund development and communication roles at the London Children's Museum,Children's Health Foundation and the Merrymount Children's Centre. Jill earned an honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and a certificate in Fund Development at Fanshawe College.
London Program Coordinator
Ottawa Program Coordinator