Opportunity Knocked and They Answered

DNA
Genetic matching between donor and recipient is vital for success

Mike E. was three and a half. The age of zoom-zooming his trucks across the floor. But Mike wasn’t zoom-zooming. The most frequent sound he emitted was a pitiful whimper as, once again, he was subjected to the painful and frightening hospital procedures. Mike was born with CGD, a disease that damages the immune system. His life was in danger and only a stem cell transplant could help. Finding a donor whose DNA matched Mike’s was vital. With a matching donor, he could live. Without… Continue reading Opportunity Knocked and They Answered

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Because of You!

website bmr update template

 

 

bmr 4 18
Stem cell transplant: He has saved a life!

Bone Marrow Registry Activity Summary for April 2018
19 transplants, 12 from donor pools (see below)
2,791 total transplants
902,190 members in registry

Transplants took place for patients residing in the following  countries:
Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA

Genetic testing for transplants facilitated in April 2018  were funded by Donor Pools in the following countries:
Brazil, Israel, UK, USA

bmr 4 18 b
Stem Cell Transplant: He has saved a life!

Continue reading Because of You!

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Yair Wins the Lottery and Saves a Life

bmr Yair Moznon
Yair Moznon donating stem cells

Some people buy lottery tickets every week and sit by the phone waiting for Arela to call. I didn’t buy any ticket but I got the call anyway. Or so it seemed. In fact, it was even better. Better than winning the lottery. I got a call saying I was the only one in the world that can save the life of a thirteen-year-old boy with leukemia.  Can you imagine what that felt like? Saving a life. That’s the ultimate in goodness, in honor. And it was awarded to me! Continue reading Yair Wins the Lottery and Saves a Life

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

The Boeing Corporation Saves Lives

ivry_david_bio_pic_400x300
David Ivry

Can one even begin to imagine the helplessness of being in a plane thousands of feet in the air when the plane is no longer responding to the control mechanisms? You  – a tiny speck in the vast sky –  and the hitherto dependable controls now no more than bits of disconnected metal and plastic… alone… exposed…powerless. David Ivry, former Israel Ambassador to the United States, the ninth commander of the Israel Air Force and the first director of the Israel’s National Security Council was a man used to being in control. Yet, he tells of his experience in the scenario described above. “It seemed to be all over. Then I remembered I had one chance: the ejection seat. I used it and I was saved.” Continue reading The Boeing Corporation Saves Lives

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

45 Years of Tears: The Bone Marrow Transplant that Never Was

pr phone
“Where were you 45 years ago when my son needed a bone marrow transplant?”

At Ezer Mizion’s busy office, the phone does not stop ringing. At times, it is the ubiquitous telemarketing call. Other calls may be requesting information about the bone marrow registry. Some calls can be as brief as several sentences but leave the staff member stunned. Like this one received by Chani :

“Where were you 45 years ago? When my son needed a bone marrow transplant? I took my two daughters to be tested at UCLA but they were not a genetic match.” Then her voice faltered, “Before we could try more people, my son— my son—- my son died.” Her voice broke but she tried to continue speaking, “I want to give you a donation. Your organization is so important.  I only wish it had been in existence 45 years ago. Perhaps he could have received a bone marrow transplant. Perhaps he could have been saved.” She was overcome by tears and hung up the phone.   The pain of losing a child does not disappear, even after 45 yrs. Continue reading 45 Years of Tears: The Bone Marrow Transplant that Never Was

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

We Need You Now!

pr gen R' Chollak IMG_0349 unlimited use
Rabbi Chollak offering his unique brand of support to tiny victims of cancer

A conversation with Rabbi Chananya Chollak, International Chairman of Ezer Mizion

For the Yamim Nora’im, Ezer Mizion has set out on a major fundraising drive to raise the money needed to finance scanning tens of thousands of stem cell samples, so as to expand its International Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Rabbi Chananya Chollak, the organization’s International Chairman, took the time to speak with us personally about the need for public support to fund lifesaving activities, to tell us about Ezer Mizion’s goals, and to convey a message to the public. Continue reading We Need You Now!

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Because of You My Children Have an Abba (Father)

helping-hands w puzzle pieces
Success of a bone marrow transplant hinges on genetic matching

Isn’t every child supposed to have both an Abba and an Ima (father and mother)? Two year old Naomi and her baby brother almost didn’t. Now their mother stood there in tears of joy when she met Aryeh. “Because of you, my children have an Abba,” she cried over and over again.

Who is Aryeh? We’ll let Abba tell that story. Continue reading Because of You My Children Have an Abba (Father)

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Because of You!

website bmr update template

 

 

23 lifesaving transplants
2,569 total transplants
865,626 members in registry
14 from personalized donor pools (see below) Continue reading Because of You!

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

What Goes Around, Comes Around

helping hands
Helping another makes the world go ’round

It’s been said many times. Help others when you can. It’s a chessed. It’s the right thing to do. And, in addition, you never know when you may be on the other side of the fence. Batya is proof of this. About fifteen years ago, her daughter’s kidney issues that she had suffered with since the age of twelve reached a new low and only a kidney transplant could save her. Batya and her son were both good matches but Batya insisted that she be the one to donate. Her son has his whole life ahead of him. Should anything go wrong, she felt she could never forgive herself. Shortly after the transplant, her daughter gave birth to the first of two adorable grandchildren for Batya to cuddle and spoil. Imagine, a few days of discomfort and Batya earned grandchildren, great-grandchildren…eternity.

DNA
Matching DNA for a successful transplant

All was wonderful in her world until fifteen years later when Batya found herself on the other side of the fence. Continue reading What Goes Around, Comes Around

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Because of You!

website bmr update templateJuly 2017 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

 

33 lifesaving transplants
16 from personalized donor pools
2,546 total transplants
860,453 members in registry

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

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail