What Was It Like?

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DNA matching is essential to a successful stem cell transplant

She’s back. Our data processer is back in her usual seat, glued to her computer as usual. Entering the data of recent donations to Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry. Doing her part to help save lives around the globe.  As if everything were normal. As if she had not just now come back from Israel. As if she herself had not just donated her stem cells to save the life of a middle-aged woman with AML.

But there’s a difference. There’s a glow on her face. While her co-workers continue their varied tasks to benefit the Registry, she, a young girl, had experienced something that most people can only dream of. She had saved a life.

We’ll let her tell you her story. Continue reading What Was It Like?

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A Letter Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters

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Identifying problems in preschool will ensure a more successful school career.

Ezer Mizion has always worked on two fronts. The organization provides services for those undergoing crises in their lives such as families dealing with serious illness, special children, an elderly or Alzheimer parent or a member dealing with mental health challenges.

In addition, some difficulties can be prevented, surmounted or ameliorated by means of educational programs offered to families and professionals.  Authoritative, up-to-date information will enlighten those involved presenting informative, insightful elucidation of the situation. The family and professionals become empowered with a greater understanding of the disorder which leads to identifying means of overcoming the difficulties or at least preventing exacerbation of the state of affairs.

Ezer Mizion’s preschool division is a prime example. The organization has developed a much-lauded program which serves to shed light during the preschool years on difficulties that would interfere with the child’s success in his later education. Means of identifying the problems and lessening or eliminating them form the crux of the program. The informational syllabus is being brought to preschools across the length and breadth of Israel. The following letter written by a grateful preschool director is one of the many received. Continue reading A Letter Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters

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Strike A Match – Part 2

pr wedding ringEzer Mizion’s Mental Health Department has hosted one of its many informational evenings. The subject of this recent event was on Mental Health and Marriage.  Questions such as when is marriage recommended for someone dealing with mental health issues, what type of spouse to look for, how to maintain a happy, healthy home were addressed. Continue reading Strike A Match – Part 2

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Because of You!

May 2019 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
26 transplants, 20 from donor pools
3,196 total transplants (of those, 1,936 from the IDF)
982,648 members in registry (of those, 544,015 from the IDF)

Transplant Countries
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, Switzerland, USA
bmr 5 19 Continue reading Because of You!

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When the Mazel Tov Seems So Far Away

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In search of that elusive Mazel Tov

Ezer Mizion’s Strike A Match Division, under the able leadership of Mrs. Reisner, continues to make a difference in the lives of so many who approach the search for a marriage partner with a major strike against them.   Continue reading When the Mazel Tov Seems So Far Away

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What Is Big?

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Staff at King David Hotel preparing hot meals for families dealing with serious illness

Let’s define ‘big’. When speaking about a business, does it refer to a company whose offices fill a large, imposing building? Or perhaps a company with branches around the world? Or does it, perhaps, refer to a company whose heart is big enough to see past the bottom line and put effort into the needs of the population that support it? Continue reading What Is Big?

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Too Minor to Mention

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Even severe pain would not prevent her from helping to save a life

Four years ago she had registered with Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry, never expecting to actually be contacted. The call came as a complete surprise. It was the registry informing her that she was a possible genetic match for a young child. She could save his life!  She was glad she was home to receive the call. Normally, she would be at work and wouldn’t have received the message until evening, perhaps even a couple of days later when she would get around to checking her messages. But today she was home and she told the caller to send someone right over.

Further testing had to be done and, for that, blood would have to be drawn. “Let’s get started right away,” she said. “I don’t want that child and his parents to suffer a minute more than they have to.” The Registry staff was grateful that she didn’t ask to procrastinate and made arrangements for the blood to be drawn that very day so that testing can begin.

The phlebotomist continues the story. Continue reading Too Minor to Mention

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Because of You!

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BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

APRIL 2019

BMR 4 1932 transplants, 24 from donor pools
3,170 total transplants (of these 1,914 from IDF recruits)
975,836 members in registry (of these 539,804 from IDF recruits)

Transplant Countries
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy,

Poland, Spain, Sweden, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, USA Continue reading Because of You!

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Let’s Keep on Trying

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Are you of East Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Armenia, or Georgian descent? Please read on.

At his bris (circumcision), they named him Imri. He was blessed that his parents merit bringing him to the chupah (wedding canopy), a simple, often –taken-for-granted blessing.  At the time, it seemed simple. Now they are not so sure. In fact, they are not certain that his mother will enjoy the deep satisfaction of bringing her little boy even to first grade. You see, two-year-old Imri was diagnosed at two months with DBA, a rare disease which does not allow him to manufacture blood cells. He has no clotting system or immune system. When his mother brought him to the ER, the nurse immediately snatched him away and rushed him to the trauma unit. His hemoglobin was 2.5, the level of someone who has passed away.  In addition, he has recently developed  MDS,  a rare blood disease for children which often develops into leukemia. The unfathomable has become all too real for this family. Imri Chai may not live past toddlerhood. Continue reading Let’s Keep on Trying

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