It was my birthday and I knew just what I wanted. When I was a little kid, I had some birthday requests that were so out of line that even i understood they were just dreams. Like the time I wanted a horse (We were living in an apartment building.) Now as an adult about to turn 40, my birthday dream seemed just as unattainable. What was it? : A gift of giving, It’s what Ezer Mizion calls a Personalized Donor Pool – a group of potential bone marrow registrants who stand ready to save the lives of cancer patients. My own group whose genetic testing I would be responsible for. Whenever one of them would be found to be a match for a cancer patient and donate his stem cells, I would receive a call with the electrifying words: You have saved a life. What a gift! Every month, I would read the list of names of those whose pools had saved one, sometimes two, lives and I’d think, “Why not me?!”
And so I began working on my birthday gift. I drove everyone crazy. There were hundreds of messages on my facebook page focusing only on this. My whole family was caught up. Even my kids were involved answering phones all night. It was a matter of raising a large sum of money and some of my friends teased me with comments like, ‘Dream on…’ but some of my friends responded more encouragingly and joined in to help me. And as the numbers climbed up, more and more changed their minds and decided to join what seemed to be a winning team. The final numbers (for this year- remember,I have another birthday coming up next year…):
728 people who donated a total of $40,000+ that sponsored 716 new registry members!
Recently our donor pool was launched. My husband and I came for a tour of Ezer Mizion’s cancer support facility in Petah Tikvah. We got home an hour ago and the tears don’t stop flowing. If I only could show all of you what this place looks like! It’s an entire world of chessed, What they do for the patients! To walk into the Registry and see a soldier who was found to be a match for a patient sitting there, waiting to donate, to give life to another human being. Many of them. All spending hours of their time just so someone they never met could have a future.Continue reading They Said It Will Never Happen
BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
Most ever transplants in one month!
47 transplants, 40 of these from donor pools
3,409 total transplants
(of theseת,2122 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF)
2019 monthly averages:
“ 34 transplants per month“
4,448 new members join each month
Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Romania,
Spain, Sweden, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, USA Continue reading Because of You!
September 2019 – BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY
35 transplants, of these 30 from donor pools
3,329 total transplants
(of these, 2,052 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF)
999,268 members in registry (keep an eye on that number!)
(of these, 558,198 joined the registry as part of their induction to the IDF) Continue reading Because of You!
Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, USA
Donor Pool Countries (see below)
Brazil, Canada, Israel, UK, USA Continue reading Because of You!
May 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry
34 transplants, 26 from donor pools
2,825 total transplants
910,798 members in registry
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy,
Poland, Spain, Sweden, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, UK, USA Continue reading Because of You!
February 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry
25 lifesaving transplants
18 from personalized donor pools
2,742 total transplants
892,428 members in the registry
Below are the donor pools that saved lives this month, and their total transplants. Continue reading Because of You!