It wasn’t easy. Acceptance never is. My children would grow up, marry. There would be grandchildren… And I wouldn’t be there. A small grandchild would have a part in the school Chanukah play. “Invite your grandmother, too,” her teacher would say. My little granddaughter’s face would cloud up,” She’s in heaven. She can’t come.” Continue reading He Was Only Young Boy
To My Dear One
You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but that is what makes everything so much more amazing.
Some time ago, I received the most thrilling phone call, informing me that I was found to be a match for a stem cell donation to someone who needed my cells to live. I was beyond words, in the clouds.
Two years ago, I had received a similar call to save the life of a 23 year old man. But unfortunately, the patient weakened and he was in no condition to undergo the transplant. I had been devastated. “This cannot be!” I thought to myself.
To my great joy, I received another call and this time it was about you. Today, I had the opportunity to donate my stem cells to you. For this privilege, I am forever grateful!!!
Throughout this process, I didn’t stop thinking about you for a moment.
I thought all the time: How are you feeling? Are you happy that a matching donor was found for you? Are you optimistic, in spite of the great difficulty involved in such a daunting challenge?
When, occasionally, there was pain or fears at some stage of the process, I immediately thought of you and instantly knew that I had no right to complain, when it was you who are fighting for your life. It had been insanely important to me, and I stubbornly had insisted that they pass on to you and your family that you should not be worried about the donation; I was willing to donate, no matter what would be involved.
To everyone involved, I want to send you tons of “likes” for the ability to accept and deal with this, each in his own way, and to embrace me with a big hug from afar.
I intentionally chose to write to you by hand, so that you could become familiar with at least one personal aspect of me in this long and discreet process.
I pray and hope that my stem cells will be absorbed in your body in the best possible way and that, with G-d’s help, you should recover and regain your strength so that you will once more stand on your own two feet, raise your head, and, above all, be proud of yourself for emerging victorious, in a big way.
Your anonymous donor
The letter writer is just one of over three thousand caring Jews who cannot believe their good fortune to have been chosen to save a life. In a year or two, donor and patient will be permitted to meet. Can you imagine the joy as they embrace…brothers in blood, their souls entwined!
There are close to a million potential donors in Ezer Mizion’s International Bone Marrow Registry, the largest Jewish registry in the world. But even the largest is not large enough. Our goal is to expand so that virtually every request is met with the exhilarating words: Yes! We have a match!
To my dear stem cell recipient,
I was so happy when I received the call informing me that I was a match for a stem cell donation!
In the course of the process, which extended over about three weeks, there were ups and downs and quite a few fears and anxieties.
But in the end, I was determined to carry it out.
Now, a moment after finishing donating my stem cells, I feel relieved.
All that remains is to hope and pray that my donation will be of benefit to you and bring to your recovery.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a quick recovery and robust health, in the hope that you will soon resume routine life with the people you love.
I am so thrilled to be able to help!
BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
This is a record! 39 transplants in one month!!
33 of these from donor pools – also a record!
3,100 total transplants
965,423 members in registry
France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, UK, USA Continue reading Because of You!
Nissan sat opposite his doctor, his fists clenched in tension. Read on as he tells his story.
“I don’t want to sugar coat it. You have leukemia and it doesn’t look good.”
“These were not the words I was hoping to hear. The hardest part was informing our entire family.
After two rounds of chemotherapy, I was told to contact my brothers and sisters immediately as I needed a bone marrow transplant. “I don’t have a brother or sister,” I whispered in a barely audible voice. “I’m an only child.” Continue reading Your Friend in the Sky
A cancer patient is in need of a transplant. A search takes place and a genetically matching donor is finally found. The donor, the hero of this saga, is then placed in the uncomfortable position of having to spend up to seven hours in a hospital setting as his blood is drawn and the stem cells are removed for the transplant. For years, Ezer Mizion had dreamed of changing that. This dream has now become a reality. Continue reading Israel’s First Stem Cell Harvesting Center Established Outside of a Hospital Opened by Ezer Mizion
28 transplants, 22 from donor pools
3,061 total transplants
962,242 members in registry
Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, UK, USA Continue reading Because of You!
December 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry
31 transplants, 23 from donor pools
3,033 total transplants
955,562 members in registry
Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, UK, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Israel, UK, USA
Donor Pool Name
Dec. 2018 Transplants
|Tzvi Menachem Bornstein||1||1|
|Y. H. Dimri||1||3|
|Elliott & Lynn Dolin||1||4|
|Judi & Maurice Falk||1||3|
|Gutwirth Fndn, Meir Mizrachi, Adv.||1||1|
|Mark & Feigi Marmurstein||1||9|
|Neeman & Shech Families||1||2|
|Mendel & Molly Pasternak||1||2|
|Protea Retirement Village||1||1|
|George & Pamela Rohr||3||58|
|Shaul & Esther Shammay||1||4|
BECAUSE OF YOU…
WE HAVE PASSED THE THREE-THOUSAND MARK OF LIFE-SAVING TRANSPLANTS!
Bone Marrow Donor Registry Activity Summary as of Nov. 2018
33 transplants, 24 from donor pools
3,002 total transplants
949,284 members in registry
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, US
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, UK, US
|Donor Pool Name||November 2018 Transplants||Total Transplants|
|Izzy & Caryl Englander||3||14|
|Family of Anne & Isidore Falk||1||11|
|David & Sara Farajun||1||114|
|Jewish Bone Marrow Testing Fund||1||56|
|Harvey & Gloria Kaylie||1||9|
|Irving & Cherna Moskowitz||1||30|
|Dr. Fariborz Nobandegani||1||3|
|Ira & Ingeborg Rennert||2||144|
|Alan & Nicole Samson||1||10|
“Don’t be silly,” said his wife.” Just because your friend has leukemia, doesn’t mean you do.”
“You’re being absurd,” said his neighbor. “Soon you’ll think that every sneeze is leukemia.”
Alex had been feeling very weak and just made an appointment to see his doctor.
“What you need is a good vacation, not an exhausting two-hour wait in a doctor’s office,” said his daughter.
Alex hoped they were right. He was only 53. But he had a feeling…Sometimes you just know… Continue reading You’ll Always Be My Hero