Staff Guidance

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Cancer: imprisonment in a nightmare

Cancer is devastating. For the patient and for the whole family. A typical scenario involves a young mother. Her husband is traumatized. His world has collapsed. He is too young to even fathom the possibility of death. His wife is – was – vibrant, full of life. He can’t even utter the D- word. And amid the horror of grappling with what cannot – please, G-d, please –  will not happen, he also has to cope with homework, laundry, the full gamut of running a home.

 

And the kids? They are utterly confused, terrified to leave their home each day. Some will sleep in the hallway outside Mommy’s door somehow feeling that their presence will ensure Mommy’s being there in the morning. Others are afraid to step outside on the ground for fear of stepping on someone who has died. Guilt, anger, terror, dread, confusion all entangled inside a vulnerable, bewildered child. Continue reading Staff Guidance

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Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life “Takes the Cake”

pr whats app  Bas Mitzvah cakeA father of young children becomes ill. It goes without saying that the main focus is on his receiving proper medical care. But then there’s the little things. The sadness that pervades a once cheerful home… the frustrations when normal needs cannot be met…the guilt of the mother at not being supermom…children trying to be grownups and failing…kids desperate for childish pleasures as a security blanket enabling them to feel that their world hasn’t completely fallen apart…so many needs…

Daughter turns twelve and nothing happens. No family celebration.  Not even a mention.  The cloud encompassing the home is too dark, too heavy to allow a smile to enter. Until a request from a neighbor to Ezer Mizion resulted in a  super fantastic celebratory cake which brought in its wake a bit of sunshine to this despondent family.

L2L takes the cake 2And now her brother is turning nine. He begs for a cake. He begs and begs as only almost-nine-year-old boys can do.  His mother offers to make one for him even though she has no energy for even the most basic household tasks. But he wants, no needs (!), more. He wants a cake like his sister received when she turned twelve. Somewhat embarrassed but comfortable enough since she was calling “family”, Mommy contacted Ezer Mizion. “Is it…I mean could you…would it be at all possible…?”

As with the Bas Mitzvah cake, Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life (a What’s App Group) was contacted. Hundreds of screens lit up and in moments, a reply came in.  The super fantastic birthday goodies (see pictures for some of the yummies that accompanied the cake) were produced by Shaindy and her kids. Listen to her comments when it was done.

“The truth is that yesterday, on the fast day, in the heat wave, I wanted to help out but it just didn’t work out. I felt as if it was a lost opportunity.

L2L takes the cake“And then, this request popped up. You should know that I felt it was a real chessed – for me! I was fasting, and my girls, full of energy, wanted an active mother with them, as they have every day.

“Thanks to the cake posting, they and I had an especially enjoyable afternoon: One ran to the grocery, the other mixed the batter. When the first got back, she was busy passing over the ingredients and putting things away.

“We spent a few hours enjoying a positive learning experience, and when they asked whom the cake was for, I explained… and they were really, really touched, especially since my eldest is the same age as the birthday boy…

“So, baruch Hashem, I wanted to do my part and get an assignment – and I succeeded,  and had a wonderful family experience, to boot. Thank YOU for the privilege to be Linked to Life!”

Like to join? No matter what part of the globe you live in, SMS: 011 972 52 580 8936

Ezer Mizion provides services to over 660,000 of Israel’s population annually in addition to its Bone Marrow Registry which saves the lives of Jewish cancer patients the world over.

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A Plea from a Staff Member

Dear very wonderful people,

My everyday reality takes me through Ezer Mizion’s various departments and branches. There, I encounter a large number of sick people ­– people with physical maladies, mental illness, mobility impairments, and mental disabilities. Many days, I come home and cry over everything I’ve seen over the course of the day – the unending struggle that these patients and their family face! Their fear and anxiety over the future! The pressure of having to function in the midst of this volcanic eruption…

For many of them, illness knocks at the door as a totally unexpected surprise, interrupting rosy dreams and a marvelous life routine. For others, illness is a long, drawn-out agony, what people call “an unending chain of troubles.” For all of them, it hurts, causes an upheaval, and is very, very difficult! Yet, in the midst of all this suffering, there are wonderful individuals among us, who have joined as one, warm, embracing family (Ezer Mizion) to envelop these people with love, functional assistance, and physical and emotional support, a family that thinks, all the time, how to make it easier for people to better deal with their health challenges.

Our greatest joy as a family is to see those people who emerge from the circle of pain and come join us as partners on the giving end. Thank G-d, there are many of them!

Our greatest difficulty is to say a final “good-bye!!” Unfortunately, several times each month, we must part with dear people, whom we loved very much.

I cry a lot especially when I meet sick mothers, perhaps because my mother got sick and left me when I was just 12 years old, and I deeply miss her.

And perhaps because I myself am a mother to wonderful children, and every pain that veers from the standard really stresses me out…

I have taken upon myself to help recruit the funding for 100 bone marrow samples, on behalf of those mothers for whom life has become a “stop watch,” ticking away ominously, mothers who are fiercely battling to remain alive…

I’m sure that you’ll help me and donate at least NIS 180 through my page!

https://www.ami.org.il/partners/campaign/campaign/rochi-meth-shechter/

Together, we’ll bring in a lot more!!

You can push REPLY to respond, and Ezer Mizion will get back to you to arrange the donation.

With appreciation in advance for your coming forward to help,

Rochie  Meth – Schechter

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Because of You My Children Have an Abba

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Success of a bone marrow transplant hinges on genetic matching

Isn’t every child supposed to have both an Abba and an Ima? Two year old Naomi and her baby brother almost didn’t. Now their mother stood there in tears of joy when she met Aryeh. “Because of you, my children have an Abba,” she cried over and over again.

Who is Aryeh? We’ll let Abba tell that story. Continue reading Because of You My Children Have an Abba

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Because of You!

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23 lifesaving transplants
2,569 total transplants
865,626 members in registry
14 from personalized donor pools (see below) Continue reading Because of You!

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

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Helping another makes the world go ’round

It’s been said many times. Help others when you can. It’s a chessed. It’s the right thing to do. And, in addition, you never know when you may be on the other side of the fence. Batya is proof of this. About fifteen years ago, her daughter’s kidney issues that she had suffered with since the age of twelve reached a new low and only a kidney transplant could save her. Batya and her son were both good matches but Batya insisted that she be the one to donate. Her son has his whole life ahead of him. Should anything go wrong, she felt she could never forgive herself. Shortly after the transplant, her daughter gave birth to the first of two adorable grandchildren for Batya to cuddle and spoil. Imagine, a few days of discomfort and Batya earned grandchildren, great-grandchildren…eternity.

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Matching DNA for a successful transplant

All was wonderful in her world until fifteen years later when Batya found herself on the other side of the fence. Continue reading What Goes Around, Comes Around

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She Opened Up My Heart

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A Special Marriage

The gentle, loving glance of a freshly-minted chasan (groom) to his kallah (bride) as they sit on their new couch together, sharing their innermost thoughts. A special moment made even more special by the newlyweds themselves – two young people born with Downs Syndrome.

Marriage? Impossible, the naysayers had said. How will she…? How can he…?

But with the right kind of assistance, it became possible and many have found the ultimate in fulfillment with several organizations in Israel holding their hand. Continue reading She Opened Up My Heart

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Giving at the Workplace via CFC

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Since 2007 Ezer Mizion has been chosen as a participant in the U.S. government program’s Combined Federal Campaign that offers federal employees the opportunity of making contributions to non-profit organizations by payroll deductions. Continue reading Giving at the Workplace via CFC

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Opennnn!

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Lego-therapy infusing the child with hope, with continuance

Maor Cohen is known at Ezer Mizion as the Lego Man. He runs a workshop for kids with cancer and their siblings using lego as a medium enabling them to cope with their fears and anxieties. For those children who are unable to attend the workshops he makes hospital visits.  Always smiling on the outside, one cannot imagine where he finds the strength to continue his mission of chessed. Read on to share his thoughts.
Continue reading Opennnn!

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Because of You!

website bmr update templateJuly 2017 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

 

33 lifesaving transplants
16 from personalized donor pools
2,546 total transplants
860,453 members in registry

Below are the donor pools that saved lives this month, and their total transplants. Continue reading Because of You!

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