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October 2019BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
Milestone this month!

999,268 Members of the Registry. 559,854 of those who joined registry via the IDF

33 transplants, 27 of these from donor pools
3,362 total transplants   (of these 2,078 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF)

Transplant Countries
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland,
Portugal, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Canada, Israel, Mexico, UK, USA

 

Donor Pool Name October 2019 Transplants Total Transplants
ABS Settlement 1 15
Blood Brothers 1 8
René & Susanne Braginsky 1 6
Brazil Community 2 178
Damaghi Family 1 72
Englewood Community 1 1
Erotex Ltd. 1 1
David & Sara Farajun 2 129
Florida 1 9
Hole In One 1 53
Don Marcos & Sra. Adina Katz 1 73
Joe & Carmella Klein 1 17
Andy & Bassy Lowinger 1 4
Modiin Youth 1 1
David Monderer 1 1
Nitzan Community 2 6
George & Pamela Rohr 3 74
Dan & Gloria Schusterman 1 19
Moshe Mordechai & Rivka Dalia Shoob 1 1
Stu’s 1 3
Avi & Shoshi Weinroth 1 4
Maurice & Vivienne Wohl Philan. Fndn. 1 27
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So You Got A Call To Be A Stem Cell Donor?

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Ezer Mizion’s Director of Development: an ‘almost match’

“Good morning. Is this Mr. Hyman? I’m calling from the bone marrow registry. You have been found to be a match for a cancer patient!”

I was sitting in my office when I received that call. I had been tested sometime around 1998 and had not thought about that day in years. Then, quite literally, out of the blue, I was asked if I would be willing to go through further testing to confirm that I was a match for “the patient.”

My response was simple: tell me what to do!! The caller from the registry went through some basic info and made sure to tell me that while the procedure for me as a potential stem cell donor, was safe, it was still my choice and “are you sure you want to go through this process?” Continue reading So You Got A Call To Be A Stem Cell Donor?

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BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

bmr 6 1934 transplants, 28 from donor pools
3,230 total transplants (of these 1,965 from the IDF)
985,186 members in registry (of these 544,281 from the IDF)

Transplant Countries
Argentina, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, USA

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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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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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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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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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And Bring A Friend…

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The perfect genetic match

“Please come into my office and…and bring a friend.” That was my doctor on the line with the results of the blood work. We had just had a baby and I, the father, felt so weak. With our first, I helped out a lot. With #2, I felt too weak to even hold the baby. Something seemed very wrong. And now I was about to find out what. “Bring a friend,” she had said. It sounded ominous.  And so there we sat, my friend and I, when, with tears in her eyes, my doctor said those words: You have leukemia.

How do I tell my wife? With a newborn at home. How do I tell my mother? My brother had recently battled a brain tumor…and lost. Now again?! Well, I was released from the hospital and went home, arriving very close to Shabbat. I felt that I couldn’t ruin my wife’s Shabbat so I kept quiet. After Shabbat, I told her. My wife and I cried together but we were determined.  We just had to find a way to move forward. We were not going to collapse. We were not going to give up. We’d fight. We’d do our part and G-d would do His.

It wasn’t easy. That very Sunday was my sister’s wedding. I simply couldn’t ruin the wedding for my sister, for my mother who was finally seemed happy after my brother’s death. So I told everyone that I had hurt my back. The truth was that I simply had no energy, the leukemia coursing through my body, sapping me of all my strength. On the last day of the week of wedding celebrations, I told my mother the news. It was so hard for her to accept. But a lifetime of faith in G-d came to fore as she internalized and helped me to internalize, “We are all in the hands of G-d”.

At the hospital, I missed my family terribly. One day my daughter came to visit me. But when she started coughing, she had to leave for fear that I would catch her cold.

I have to tell you, my wife is truly amazing. She gave me the best gift – a poster with pictures of my children. I just burst into tears at the sight of that simple but powerful gift.

Meanwhile, the hospital began swabbing my siblings for the bone marrow transplant. Two of my sisters were good matches but one had just given birth and the other was expecting.

pr bmr cell bagThen Ezer Mizion came into my life with a perfect match!!! It was incredible how fast Ezer Mizion worked. I received the round of chemo to completely destroy my immune system in preparation for the transplant. Some people lose their minds from this mega-dose of chemo. I decided to keep my focus by studying Talmud .

The day of my transplant, I woke up to find my room decorated with signs wishing me a happy birthday. My wife! Sure, it was an extremely scary day for us all, but it was also a day of celebration – I was getting my life back, being born again, my family was getting our lives back. What a powerful moment.

The transplant was a success and a month later I was released from the hospital, having finished the section of the Talmud I had chosen just 2 days before.

When I met my donor, he shared with me that the same month he donated his bone marrow, that very same month, his wife conceived. He gave a life and he got a life.

I want to thank him and Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry who facilitated my transplant for not only saving my life, but for saving my entire family.

 

 

 

 

 

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BMR 3 19March 2019

BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
38 transplants, 31 from donor pools
3,138 total transplants (of these, 1,885 from IDF soldiers)
968,490 members in registry (of these, 532,358 from IDF soldiers)

 

Transplant Countries
Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, UK, USA

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Do You Have the Time to Save a Life?

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Another life saved by Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry

H.  was a cheerful, healthy 62 year old. Life was great and he expected things to continue that way. If yesterday was good, shouldn’t tomorrow be so also? We human beings are wired that way. We take good things for granted and are shocked when the wheel turns. That’s what happened to H. His idyllic life was over when…

Although friends had been telling him for a while that he looked pale, H. didn’t take it seriously until he heard the same thing again and again and again. ”Finally, I listened. I was tested at the hospital and discovered that my hemoglobin was half the normal rate, much lower than it should have been. More tests. More waiting. More worry. And then the answer. Severe leukemia.” Continue reading Do You Have the Time to Save a Life?

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