Strength to Go On

Chesed is not just when it’s convenient and comfortable.

I want to tell you what chesed is – the chesed of a large, extended family, whose long arms embrace the world, a family composed of many wonderful, shining souls – the Ezer Mizion family.

When a jeep trip was scheduled for the families of cancer patients of Oranit, right in the middle of Chanukah vacation, the jeep drivers showed up – every one. We heard one driver pick up a call on his cell phone – it was the secretary, who was sure that her boss was at home, enjoying Chanukah vacation with his grandchildren …

We can go on and talk about the entire remarkable staff here at Ezer Mizion – Rabbi Chollak, Rivky, Idit, Tzippy, Anat, Esther, Ahrele, Yomi and Yisrael, and all the many volunteers, who lovingly showered us with trips, films, workshops, presentations, petting zoos, delicious food – you name it!

And don’t think for a minute that these people are not missed by their beloved families on Chanukah – but when they are “on duty” – chesed comes first!

Yes, Ezer Mizion gave us the strength to go on despite the challenges Hashem has assigned each one of us. We thank you all, as well as the people who contributed of their time and money, so that we could lift our heads above the waves, and take a deep breath so as to keep up our fight for life.

Sincerely,

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The Notes of Forever…

The notes of Ezer Mizion’s Forever concert will echo in the hearts forever of all the women and girls who attended the performance at Brooklyn College or Monsey’s Rockland County Theater.concert 2012 Forever So many who attended the afternoon Monsey performance purchased tickets to the evening show so that they may share an exceptional experience with relatives and friends.concert 2012 Forever Continue reading The Notes of Forever…

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“I Feel as if the Same Blood Flows through our Veins”

A routine blood test done during the IDF induction process led Idan Dukatch, a soldier from Ashkelon, to the opportunity to save a life.  His bone marrow donation was transplanted to Alex Katz, a 17-year old boy from New Jersey with cancer.  At the end of a nerve-racking half year, waiting for updates on Katz’s condition, Dukatch finally received a letter telling him that the boy recovered and regained his health – all thanks to his donation.  In a moving encounter orchestrated by Ezer Mizion, the two came together at a tear-jerking meeting.  Dukatch: “I saw him and it was an amazing feeling. I think about his family every day.”pr bmr dinner 2012 The Venetian

Continue reading “I Feel as if the Same Blood Flows through our Veins”

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Ipads and Toddlers when Speech is Delayed

When iPads, iPhones and iPods were first marketed, there was a lot of talk about their potential for making video viewing, reading books and newspapers, games, social networking. office apps and more, easily accessible. pr voca 2012 1506_ne_photo_stories1_27301

Millions of i-gadgets have since been sold around the world. With the development and increased presence of the i-devices, children at younger ages have been exposed to them, are playing with them and using them more and more. Continue reading Ipads and Toddlers when Speech is Delayed

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Turnaround

“You probably don’t remember the thirteen year old boy with cancer that Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry collected blood samples for… I remember him well.

I was 32 years old then. I registered with Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry as a potential donor for him or any cancer patient that I would match genetically. It really happened. I got the call that I was a match for someone. I was thrilled.pr bmr samples I scheduled the pre-donation blood tests. ‘It’ll just take a short while. I’ll be back at work soon,’ I told my co-workers. Continue reading Turnaround

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Happy Birthday To Me!

“Happy Birthday Dear Itzik Happy Birthday To Me. “pr Oranit Happy Birthday clown1521_ne_photo_stories2_5c6c1
Yup! This time it’s my birthday-my 49th – and I sure have a lot to celebrate. You see, I’m a professional clown. I perform at birthday parties and all sorts of events. I’m a happy person, and I thank G-d for whatever I’ve got — for my terrific family, my many friends, for the my special profession – bringing a smile to the faces of children –some who have very little to smile about. Continue reading Happy Birthday To Me!

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FOREVER: Coming Soon

Bracha Jaffe is an oncology nurse by profession. Every day she sees cancer patients- so many of them, Jews– dying. For a significant percentage, a bone marrow transplant is their last chance. As they lie there on a hospital bed praying for the genetic match to be found in time, Bracha prays alongside them.

pr bmr forever 1509_ne_photo_stories1_34d7eA highly talented young woman, Bracha’s has created many a professional performance. Seeking to benefit those with whom she has shed many a tear, she has offered to create a show to benefit Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry. Continue reading FOREVER: Coming Soon

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Golfing in Israel

Ezer Mizion’s third annual “Hole-in-One” golf outing in Caesarea’s Pete Dye championship course, hosted golfers from Israel and all over the world. pr golf 2012 1504_ne_photo_stories3_74ea4

Golfers spent a fabulous day on the green in support of Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

Spouses and non-golfers enjoyed a day of pampering at the nearby Dan Caesarea Hotel spa. Continue reading Golfing in Israel

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And Now I’m All Better…

The secret is out at last! Yesterday, Ilai, son of Mickey and Emiraldo Katz, finally met Nofer Yaron, the donor who saved his life.

Mickey, Ilai’s mom: What a feeling of  tremendous, indescribable fupr bmr ilai meets nofer 2012 1489_ne_photo_stories1_d50b7lfillment, of happiness, of joy, and of lots and lots of love for the new addition to our family – our beloved Nofer. Continue reading And Now I’m All Better…

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Dreams…

A bright spot in the nightmare of battling a monster named Cancer

With our normal, day-to-day lives, we cannot imagine the anguish of the parents of a cute little boy dealing with a monster named Cancer. Even a nightmare can have its bright spot. Read how Ezer Mizion created that bright spot for little Shachar with the big, wide grin:

Six year old Shachar had a dream. Continue reading Dreams…

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