According to Ellen: When our youngest sons, both named Ben were just two years old they bonded as friends and so did Dara and I. The Bens are inseparable! Five years ago, Dara and I were sitting in Jacob’s room as I was contemplating where to send Jacob for camp. Her reaction, ?He’ll go to Bayview Glen of course! Since that discussion Jacob has loved every second of his five summers at Bayview Glen. Dara made the impossible possible as she showed us that Jacob can do anything, just a little differently! Thank you Dara, the Kahane family and Bayview Glen for playing such a major role in Jacob’s life and ours.

According to Dara:

How did you come to be involved with Jacob’s Ladder?

I was lucky enough to develop a friendship with Ellen through our youngest sons. I knew from the moment that I met Jacob and the rest of the Schwartz’s that I wanted to be part of the magic, teaching and outreach!

What does your affiliation with Jacob’s Ladder and (Jake’s Gigantic Give specifically) bring to you?

I am so lucky that I get to spend 4 weeks at camp with Jacob. Campers, staff and parents have watched him grow over the past 6 years. I have watched campers, staff and parents develop incredible acceptance and passion for children with special needs. It is one of the best parts of Bayview Glen Day Camp.

What does giving mean to you?

Giving means providing to others with no expectations of getting anything in return.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being healthy and loved!

Which living person do you most admire?

Lyn Gaetz, my former principal from John Ross Robertson

Who are your heroes in real life?


What is your dream job (other than the one that you have now)?

Emergency Doctor

What is the natural talent you would like to be gifted with?

Dancing or singing