A routine blood test done during the IDF induction process led Idan Dukatch, a soldier from Ashkelon, to the opportunity to save a life. His bone marrow donation was transplanted to Alex Katz, a 17-year old boy from New Jersey with cancer. At the end of a nerve-racking half year, waiting for updates on Katz’s condition, Dukatch finally received a letter telling him that the boy recovered and regained his health – all thanks to his donation. In a moving encounter orchestrated by Ezer Mizion, the two came together at a tear-jerking meeting. Dukatch: “I saw him and it was an amazing feeling. I think about his family every day.”
“You probably don’t remember the thirteen year old boy with cancer that Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry collected blood samples for… I remember him well.
I was 32 years old then. I registered with Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry as a potential donor for him or any cancer patient that I would match genetically. It really happened. I got the call that I was a match for someone. I was thrilled. I scheduled the pre-donation blood tests. ‘It’ll just take a short while. I’ll be back at work soon,’ I told my co-workers. Continue reading Turnaround
Bracha Jaffe is an oncology nurse by profession. Every day she sees cancer patients- so many of them, Jews– dying. For a significant percentage, a bone marrow transplant is their last chance. As they lie there on a hospital bed praying for the genetic match to be found in time, Bracha prays alongside them.
A highly talented young woman, Bracha’s has created many a professional performance. Seeking to benefit those with whom she has shed many a tear, she has offered to create a show to benefit Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry. Continue reading FOREVER: Coming Soon
Ezer Mizion’s third annual “Hole-in-One” golf outing in Caesarea’s Pete Dye championship course, hosted golfers from Israel and all over the world.
Golfers spent a fabulous day on the green in support of Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
Spouses and non-golfers enjoyed a day of pampering at the nearby Dan Caesarea Hotel spa. Continue reading Golfing in Israel
The secret is out at last! Yesterday, Ilai, son of Mickey and Emiraldo Katz, finally met Nofer Yaron, the donor who saved his life.
Mickey, Ilai’s mom: What a feeling of tremendous, indescribable fulfillment, of happiness, of joy, and of lots and lots of love for the new addition to our family – our beloved Nofer. Continue reading And Now I’m All Better…
Since we cannot know who you are and tell you personally all that we would like to say, we shall do the best we can and express our feelings through this anonymous letter. Continue reading Thank You for Life
The day Einav Lulian made her way through the frantic atmosphere of the recruitment base, waiting for her new green IDF uniform, she never thought that with a little pinch of a needle at the Ezer Mizion bone marrow sample testing booth, she could save a human life.
“They took a blood sample anyway,” recalls Einav, “so I figured – what’s another prick? Continue reading The Prick that Produced a Hero
A patient lies helpless in a hospital bed. His family surrounds him. The room is filled with tension. He has one chance to live. A bone marrow transplant can save his life but a genetically matching donor is needed.
Initial testing done at time of registration indicates a very good match. The contact number is dialed. It rings but the potential donor is not at home. Continue reading A Typical Day at Ezer Mizion
Nofer Mazal (24) a secretary at the Barzilai Hospital’s Mammography Institute in Ashkelon, was gifted with the privilege to save a life.
This week, Nofer got the wonderful news that the bone marrow sample she gave a year ago in a stem cell donor recruitment drive that took place at the hospital led to her saving the life of a leukemia patient in need of a transplant.
It’s not about numbers. It’s all about people… people who are at the brink of despair, people who can’t plan for the future because there may not be a future. Jewish cancer patients, who are told that their only chance to survive is a bone marrow transplant, wait for the genetic match that would mean life. Many are saved but many can wait no longer.
On September 10th a dinner entitled Remember for Life was held at the luxurious Venetion in Garfield NJ to create awareness of the work done by Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry. Continue reading Blood Brothers