Because of You!

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Ezer Mizion’s new Harvesting Center

September 2019BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
35 transplants, of these 30 from donor pools
3,329 total transplants
(of these, 2,052 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF)
999,268 members in registry (keep an eye on that number!)
(of these, 558,198 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF) Continue reading Because of You!

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A Little Sliver of Gold

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A holocaust survivor is given a ‘day at the spa’

She led a full life. Her days were filled with giving to others. Her children, neighbors, friends.  Satisfying days. Neither did she neglect herself. Every so often she would recharge with a trip to the spa. A manicure. A facial. A great way to provide energy for herself as a giver. So relaxing. And it felt so good to be looking her best.

It’s all over now. No more giving. No more nurturing.  And no more pampering beauty treatments. No more anything. Just tasteless days at the nursing home. One day following the next. Each exactly the same. Continue reading A Little Sliver of Gold

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Cancer Support with a Vro-o-o-m

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Cancer support with a vro-o-o-om

Cancer is frightening. It’s a nightmare that even Mommy’s hug can’t make go away. The child, and often his siblings, are often paralyzed with fear.   A relaxed, happy frame of mind, so vital to the battle he must wage, seems so far, far away.   Even an itty bitty smile becomes a distant stranger to the tiny face that mirrors only terror and pain.

Ezer Mizion cannot cure the cancer but we will move heaven and earth to create a giggle. Professional staff and volunteers spend hours creating programs that bring happiness to the cancer patient and his whole family, to lighten their burden both practically and emotionally. Ideas abound. Birthday parties, trips, story hour, music clubs, lego sessions, even a petting zoo. And recently balloons. Continue reading Cancer Support with a Vro-o-o-m

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When Dropping the Ball Saves Lives

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First Prize Ball Drop Winner Receives 30% of Pot

Hundreds of eyes were turned toward the sky. Waiting…for the ball to drop. Ezer Mizion’s Golf Tournament added a new feature to its annual event. The day had been glorious. golf 19 10The weather perfect.  Now all players gathered to watch as a bucket truck-cherry picker lifted its bucket 200 feet above the green and dropped 701 golf balls that had been purchased by those participating in Ezer Mizion’s life saving mission. golf 19 11“Where would my ball drop? Would this be my chance to get a Hole in One?” “That was one of the coolest things I have ever seen at a golf tournament!” was heard from so many. Continue reading When Dropping the Ball Saves Lives

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Neria Got the Message

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Life is about being there for others

The question has often been asked: How is it that for one of the most important tasks in life, raising kids, there are no formal courses, no graduation requirements? A classic answer is that education is based on presenting a model for our children to emulate. Young Neria is a case in point. His growing up years were spent watching his parents give of themselves when others were in need. Helping others was not an intellectual understanding. It was a concept imbued deep inside his very being, absorbed together with the milk of infancy. It was perfectly natural for Neria’s father to hear about those who suffer kidney failure, living with the anguish of daily suffering and an unknown future – to hear and want to do something about it. And so he registered with an organization that facilitates kidney transplants, was typed and it was not long before he was called to donate a kidney. He had never met the patient but what does that matter? The recipient was a person in need and Neria’s father wanted to help. Continue reading Neria Got the Message

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The Magic of Fulfilling a Dream

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A holocaust survivor reconnects with her past

Leah lived in a senior citizens’ home. Morning, noon and night.  She knew there was a world ‘out there’ but it had been so long. So long since she had gone anywhere but from her room to the dining room and back again. Her husband lay peacefully in his final resting place and she remained alive, just barely so, disconnected from the one with whom she had shared her whole life and disconnected from the world they had traveled together. How she longed to sense his presence once again. Perhaps with their two children. A ‘family trip’ like the many they shared so long ago. But a trip to the cemetery was as likely as a trip to the moon. Leah resigned herself to living out her remaining years in room #306, the ‘cage’ that was her home now. Continue reading The Magic of Fulfilling a Dream

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My Opinion Matters

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Reaching out to the elderly holocaust survivor currently living in a nursing home

As people age they face loss. Loss of their independence, of their faculties, of their standing in the community. The holocaust survivor is particularly fragile due to his nightmarish youth which often resurfaces in old age when mundane life no longer makes its demands on him. No longer a decision maker, he feels unnoticed, worthless and lacks any purpose in life. The simplest choices such as what to have for breakfast are no longer his to make. If he expresses an opinion, there is no one to listen.    Slowly the aged nursing home resident shrivels, even losing his sense of self.

Ezer Mizion’s One Wish Program has undertaken to fulfill the personal request of 570 holocaust survivors living in residences throughout the country.

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Moroccan concert: a taste of home

 

 

 

S is a case in point. She resides in a nursing home with residents of mixed backgrounds. She herself is Moroccan as are some others but the home caters to the more prevalent Ashkenazi groups. She understands but still longs for an occasional taste of ‘home’. It was not until she met up with the Ezer Mizion staff did she feel that her needs, her opinions would have any value. Her thoughts about an occasional connection to the childhood memories of the minority groups and introducing the others to how specific ethnic groups live. Certainly a valid proposal for the nursing home staff but, just as certainly, not one that S. would ever make on her own. Her self-respect, her dignity soared on night of Welcome to Morocco, featuring a professional vibrant, ethnic band playing Moroccan music followed by delicious Moroccan cuisine. She basked in delight as announcements were made to her fellow residents that it was she who had suggested the evening’s entertainment.

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An elderly holocaust survivor regains sense of self

R was a Russian living in a nursing home with a significant Russian population. Significant but not enough for the staff to take notice. All entertainment was in Hebrew. R. understood Hebrew well but it was not her prime language. As the Ezer Mizion One Wish staff developed a relationship with her, encouraging her to express her opinions, she shyly made mention of her personal feelings. Like a fragile newly-hatched baby bird, her thoughts on Russian entertainment hesitantly emerged. It was in her honor that the nursing home presented its first Russian show – a spectacular performance – which all the Russian speaking residents of her facility enjoyed together with her, enhancing her happiness and sense of purpose.

In the first few months of the program’s existence, One Wish has proven itself to have more than met the goals of the initiative. The seniors feel noticed. Their opinions matter. Their existence is validated. They continue to discuss their Special Day long after it occurred and this day becomes the catalyst to a new awakening of that sense of self.

 

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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Because of You!

August 2019 BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
                                        Take pride! We’ve done it together!                  2000

This August, the Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Registry reached an amazing milestone: 2,000 IDF soldiers have donated their stem cells to 2,000 patients around the world!               

That’s 2000 Jewish lives saved, 2000 families who have remained whole!

These incredible heroes not only protect the State of Israel, but have also answered the call to save the lives of people from around the world whose sole chance of survival had been a stem cell transplant!

It is you, our invaluable friends and supporters, who have enabled Ezer Mizion to reach this milestone. 

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31 transplants, all from donor pools
3,294 total transplants
990,668 members in registry
33 transplants per month on average in 2019

2019 monthly averages:
     33 transplants per month,
     5,096 new members join each month

Transplants have taken place in the following countries
Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Sweden, UK, USA
Transplants  have been funded by donor pools of the following countries
Brazil, Israel, UK, USA

Continue reading Because of You!

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Because of You!

                                           Take pride! We’ve done it together!
2000
 
This August, the Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Registry reached an amazing milestone: 2,000 IDF soldiers have donated their stem cells to 2,000 patients around the world!
 
That’s 2000 Jewish lives saved, 2000 families who have remained whole!
 
These incredible heroes not only protect the State of Israel, but have also answered the call to save the lives of people from around the world whose sole chance of survival had been a stem cell transplant!
It is you, our invaluable friends and supporters, who have enabled Ezer Mizion to reach this milestone.

 

      Some of our heroes with the one whose life he had saved.

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To promote the growth of the Registry, Ezer Mizion in Israel signed an agreement with the IDF (Israel Defense Force) in 2005 where Ezer Mizion’s Registry will tissue type army recruits upon their induction into the Israeli army at age 18 and include them in our Donor Registry. Due to the wide range of ethnic groups found in the IDF and to the young age and good health of the recruits, this collaboration has brought about a vast increase in matches between potential bone marrow donors and cancer patients in need of a transplant, thus saving the lives of Jews throughout the world.

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Once Again I’m Me

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A holocaust survivor recalls the joys of her youth

Today’s Holocaust survivors suffered indescribable trauma in their early childhood and youth. With this knowledge, we aim to sweeten their golden years and enable these lonely, isolated heroes to fulfill a wish. Each is an individual. Each led a life based on his individual likes and dislikes. But now they find themselves lumped together in the same facility with no choice as to room décor, type of food, or activities. With no opportunity to express personal desires, bit by bit, he becomes less of a person. It is for this reason that Ezer Mizion’s Project1 Wish was born.   Continue reading Once Again I’m Me

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