On Nov 6 2016 Henry (Hank) Render was laid to rest in Chicago at the age of 87. Hank and his wife Barbara were the founders of Friends of Tsad Kadima in the USA. They are also the grandparents of Miriam, now 36, one of the first children from Israel to make the trip to the Peto Institute in Budapest in 1986.
Hank grew up on the West Side of Chicago in a rough and tumble urban setting that prepared him well for life. He married young to Barbara and by age 29 had 4 children. He started out in his father's painting business but went on to establish his own painting business, and then later to move to metal and then plastics recycling.
Conductive Education became a family business to the Renders. Marc, Miriam's father, was the first Chairman of Tsad Kadima. With wife Ellie and Miriam's sister Yael, they spent the better part of 2 years in Budapest with Miriam. Hank and Barbara were there too, to help out when Marc and Ellie had to return to work in Israel. Son in law David Kaplan became treasurer of Friends of TK. All the family were drafted to help with fundraising events, deposits, thank you letters. They took their lead from Hank, family patriarch, a man with a natural empathy for those in need and a natural tendency to step in and fill the breach. And a grandfather deeply in love with his first grandchild Miriam, who in their words, came to us "for a reason". That reason was not only to make her life better, but to do the same for a generation of kids with Cerebral Palsy in Israel.
Hank and Barbara were frequent visitors to Tsad Kadima facilities in Israel, and Barbara even hiked in one of the first "Hike for Hope". So did sisters Ellen and Renee and brother Bob and wife Debbie. This year's "Hike for Hope" is dedicated to the memory of Hank Render, as an ardent supporter of Tsad Kadima, and as a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Tsad Kadima is deeply thankful for the support of all the Render family, and will miss Hank's friendly presence and undeterred support.