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 Shabbos. I felt that I couldn’t ruin my wife’s Shabbos so I kept quiet. After Shabbos, 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 Hashem 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 sheva brachos (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 learning 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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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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February 2019

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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

Transplant Countries
France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, USA

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

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Your Friend in the Sky

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Will a bone marrow donor be found for Nissan?

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

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December 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

31 transplants, 23 from donor pools
3,033 total transplants
955,562 members in registry

Transplant Countries
Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, UK, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Israel, UK, USA

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Donor Pool Name

 

Dec. 2018 Transplants

 

Total Transplants

Anonymous BG 1 2
Boeing Company 1 11
Tzvi Menachem Bornstein 1 1
Brazil Community 3 149
Damaghi Family 2 56
Y. H. Dimri 1 3
Elliott & Lynn Dolin 1 4
Judi & Maurice Falk 1 3
Florida 1 1
Gutwirth Fndn, Meir Mizrachi, Adv. 1 1
Hope4Adam 1 7
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
Weiss Family 1 7

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BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY            OCT. 2018

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Saving a life via stem cell transplant

33 transplants, 25 from donor pools
2,969 total transplants
945,052 members in registry

Transplant Countries
Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, USA Continue reading Because of You!

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BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY            OCTOBER 2018

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33 transplants, 25 from donor pools
2,969 total transplants
945,052 members in registry

Transplant Countries
Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, USA Continue reading Because of You!

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August 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry

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ACTIVITY SUMMARY
22 transplants, 15 from donor pools
2,909 total transplants
914,586 members in registry

Transplant Countries
France, Germany, Israel, Italy, UK, USA

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

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July 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry

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ACTIVITY SUMMARY
26 stem cell transplants, 18 from donor pools
2,887 total transplants
914,586 members in registry

 

Transplant Countries
Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Israel, USA Continue reading Because of You!

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Bone marrow transplant taking place

January 2018 – BMDR ACTIVITY SUMMARY
26 lifesaving transplants
19 from personalized donor pools
2,717 total transplants
890,925 members in registry


Below are the donor pools that saved lives this month, and their total transplants. Continue reading Because of You!

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