Tal Shitrit was eight years old. Third grade is a time for small boys to learn multiplication tables in the classroom and how to pitch a ball in the schoolyard. But Tal had learned neither of these. Instead he learned about IV’s and scary hospital equipment, about hair falling out and about roommates who ‘disappeared’ never to return. Tal had cancer. Continue reading A Father Speaks
He is only twelve but he knew his way around the large building with its many offices. He came every day and was known by the staff. He approached the entrance today. Tense. Anxious. His fists clenched in anticipation of what he would hear. His shoulders sagging in discouragement. Continue reading Not Yet
Two young men joined the IDF. Two young men rose through the ranks. For one, the road was smooth. The other encountered a bump. A big bump. He was diagnosed with leukemia. Itai Chanan’s condition worsened and he was told that only a bone marrow transplant would save his life. Leukemia had not been part of his plans and now he may never make any plans again. A young man, just at the threshold of adulthood, may die if a genetic match is not found in time. Continue reading Two Soldiers
Four were waiting. Waiting for the genetic match to save their lives. One could wait no longer. And now there are three.
On May 31, Ezer Mizion, the world’s largest Jewish bone marrow registry, held a drive in Israel. Hopefully, the new registrants will genetically match the dozens of Jewish cancer patients whose sole chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. Continue reading And Now There Are Three…
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Rabbi Chananya Chollak, International Chairman of Ezer Mizion, and thanked him for the Ezer Mizion’s important life-saving work.
He added: “I call upon Israeli residents of all ethnic groups to join Ezer Mizion’s Registry, and in this way, to help save lives. Continue reading Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Come Save Worlds!
On Thursday, May 31, a nationwide stem cell donor recruitment drive will take place throughout Israel. The drive is focused specifically on donors from the Iraqi, Yemenite, Georgian, Bukharan, Caucasian, Kurdish and Ethiopian ethnic groups. Continue reading Ethnic Under-representation
|To you, who with all your heart and with lots of love and good will have given me the hope of new life and health
Thanks also for the warm words in your letter, words that moved me and my family to tears.
With great joy I am letting you know that I was informed of the beginning of the transplant’s absorption and so – thanks once again!
My family and I wish you a life full of joy, success, health and happiness.
We hope that when the time comes we will be able to meet.
Until then, with all my heart,
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
|Mrs. Bracha Zisser
Oranit – Ezer Mizion
Dear Mrs. Zisser,
Re: THANK YOU
After years of a protracted struggle against lymphoma, my remaining option was the possibility of a transplant from an unrelated donor. Thanks to you and to the remarkable enterprise established by Ezer Mizion, a compatible donor was located for me. During the course of the treatments I underwent, two additional donations were required. You mobilized the effort to save my life and did whatever was necessary to cure me. You did everything willingly and graciously, but also with determination stemming from the mission you voluntarily undertook.
Words do not suffice to express what I feel these days, now that I am liberated from a prolonged period of hospitalization. During this time there were more than a few difficult moments, and the bone marrow donations you organized for me with a willing heart, within a very short time framework, enabled me to recover.
I still have a long way to go, but I feel strengthened and hopeful about the success of the process. This is in large measure due to your exceptional generosity and kind-heartedness, and to all the good people who helped – and first and foremost, you.
It is wonderful to know that there are still good people like you, who volunteer day and night, for the purpose of literally saving lives. May such good deeds increase and may a cure be found for all those in need of one.