They’re Twins But

Two adorable twins. Too young to understand numbers and question why the ‘two’ doesn’t match their actual age. When they mature perhaps Mommy will explain that this was a party celebrating another birthday. It had been two years since Yarden. had received her life-saving bone marrow transplant. No family member was a genetic match and her parents had been forced to look elsewhere, somewhere, around the globe, for someone whose DNA matched their precious child.  We cannot imagine the tension, the fear, the prayers that filled their home until one morning, the phone rang. “I’m calling from Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Registry. I have wonderful news…” Life hasn’t been easy for the twins. They were born together but have been apart for so much of their life what with Yarden in and out of hospitals. May they now spend the rest of their lives together, enjoying each other’s company in perfect health. 

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What Is It?

“What is Ezer Mizion? Is it the Jewish Bone Marrow Registry?”

“I think it’s an organization that helps cancer patients. When my sister lived in  Israel, her son was in the hospital off and on for months with leukemia. Ezer Mizion couldn’t do enough for the family. Meals at the hospital, rides, a beautiful apartment for the family to live so they wouldn’t have to travel for treatments. And let me tell you, that apartment was housed in a gan eden (garden of eden) for kids with everything a child could want including a petting zoo. You know, they even took all the kids on a chol hamoed trip

“I always thought Ezer Mizion was an organization for special children. When my cousin moved to Israel , she was so excited to see all the programs available for her autistic child.”

“A few years ago, we were visiting Israel and I noticed they were having an inauguration of a mental health building. So many g’dolim (sages) came. Isn’t it an organization for mental health?”

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September 2020 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
In August 2020:
33
transplants, 29 of these from donor pools
3,697 total transplants


Transplant Countries
Australia, Austria, Chile, Germany, Greece, Israel, Poland, UK, USA

Donor Pool Countries

Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, UK, USA

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DNABONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

In
July 2020:
30 transplants, 25 of these from donor pools
3,664 total transplants
1,883 new members this month
1,036,689 total members in registry Continue reading Because of You!Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

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July 20 DP-BMDR Update

 

June 2020 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

38 transplants, 31 of these from donor pools
3,634 total transplants
573 new members this month
1,035,584 total members in registry

Transplant Countries
Argentina, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel,
Italy, Netherlands, Spain, USA

Donor Pool Countries
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No. He Didn’t Do Anything Wrong

pr bmr Lieutenant TLieutenant T. just received his Pilot Wings and yes, he is quite proud. At the young age of 23, he has accomplished even much more. Lieutenant T. has saved a life.  During the course, he was called out by the Division Officer. “Did I do something wrong?” His mind was in a turmoil with all sorts of negative scenarios running through his head until the officer smiled at him saying, “Ezer Mizion would like to speak with you. It seems that you are a possible genetic match for a leukemia patient.”

“What an about face! Suddenly I was a potential hero!”

“It turned out I was a great match for a lady with cancer.  I checked it out with my parents. After all, it was a big step.  They were 100% on board and excited that I had been given this opportunity.  And so the light turned green and it was all systems go. I took off a few days to have the injections that they give you to increase the stem cells in your blood. And then came the big day. Perfectly comfortable with reading material and visitors,  to occupy me as blood was removed via one arm, stem cells separated and blood then returned to me via the other arm. It took several hours but was painless and I felt fine.  It is definitely a great privilege to take part in such a process.

Anyone who is contemplating donating should know that it’s simple. Nothing to worry about. Within a day or so, you’ll be back at work and soon will have forgotten all about it. But I can tell you from experience that on the other side, no one is forgetting anything. They’re ecstatic with joy as your stem cells seep into your patient’s bloodstream. And they never forget. Not days later, not weeks later, not even years later.

About a year after the transplant, when it was legal to do so, I received a letter from a lady in America. She introduced herself as the one who received my stem cells. She said she is in her fifties and has three kids. She had had leukemia and needed that transplant to stay alive. I couldn’t believe what I had accomplished! Just minimal discomfort on my side but for Nancy. I had given her back her life.

She invited me to come visit her in the US and I invited her to visit me in Israel. So far, neither has happened but we both hope someday… Meanwhile, we’re getting to know each other via email.   My message today is unequivocal: Give! Donate! There are so many still waiting in line. Subsidizing the cost of the genetic testing or getting tested yourself or both. It’s such an infinitesimal effort, compared to what you are granting them.Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

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 stem cells 2June 1, 2020

BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

In May there were:
30 transplants, 25 of these from donor pools
3,596 total transplants
4,928 new members this month
1,035,790 total members in registry

Transplant Countries
Canada, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, UK, USA

Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, USA

Donor Pool Name May 2020 Transplants Total Transplants
Tuvia Theo Bloom 1 5
Brazil Community 4 195
Damaghi Family 4 86
David & Sara Farajun 1 139
Florida 1 15
Freescale Israel 1 3
Gaash Golf 1 2
Heichal Moshe & N. Tel Aviv 1 3
Jewish Bone Marrow Testing Fund 1 65
Moshe & Tzippy Kammar 1 1
Lechu Neranena Raanana Community 1 5
Moriel & Anat Matalon 1 6
Irving & Cherna Moskowitz Fd. 1 40
Morris & Rickie Platt 1 4
Israel & Edith Pollak 1 18
Chaim Rav-Acha 1 1
Reuven & Tzipora Schlussel & Family 1 1
Oded & Zoharit Shriki 1 1
Steven E. & Bonnie B. Stern 1 8

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DNAApril 2020 – BONE MARROW DOCTOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
Just like the rest of the world, Corona has affected the field of stem cell transplants.  We are grateful to share with you this past month’s achievements. Continue reading Because of You!Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Give Up? Not When It Means Saving A Life!

airplane-corona- challenge acceptedHow is Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry managing? Corona created formidable obstacles. 60% of stem cells are normally transported by courier for life-saving transplants to countries outside of Israel. At first, foreign couriers who do not have an Israeli passport were denied entry into Israel. Israeli couriers were forced to wait a two week isolation period following their return into Israel. Continue reading Give Up? Not When It Means Saving A Life!

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DNA 3February 2020

BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

29 transplants, 22 of these from donor pools 3,504 total transplants              (of these 2,206 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF)

 

1,021,100 members in registry              (of these 580,257 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF)

Transplant Countries Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, USA

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