He Was Only Young Boy

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Finding that matching DNA can save a life

It wasn’t easy. Acceptance never is. My children would grow up, marry. There would be grandchildren… And I wouldn’t be there. A small grandchild would have a part in the school Chanukah play. “Invite your grandmother, too,” her teacher would say.  My little granddaughter’s face would cloud up,” She’s in heaven.  She can’t come.”  Continue reading He Was Only Young Boy

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As Life from Me Is Infused into You

 

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Stem cell transplant: I was the perfect match!

To My Dear One

You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but that is what makes everything so much more amazing.

Some time ago, I received the most thrilling phone call, informing me that I was found to be a match for a stem cell donation to someone who needed my cells to live. I was beyond words, in the clouds.

Two years ago, I had received a similar call to save the life of a 23 year old man. But unfortunately, the patient weakened and he was in no condition to undergo the transplant. I had been devastated.  “This cannot be!” I thought to myself.

To my great joy, I received another call and this time it was about you.  Today, I had the opportunity to donate my stem cells to you. For this privilege, I am forever grateful!!!

Throughout this process, I didn’t stop thinking about you for a moment.

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Stem cell transplant: his only chance to survive

I thought all the time: How are you feeling? Are you happy that a matching donor was found for you? Are you optimistic, in spite of the great difficulty involved in such a daunting challenge?

When, occasionally, there was pain or fears at some stage of the process, I immediately thought of you and instantly knew that I had no right to complain, when it was you who are fighting for your life. It had been insanely important to me, and I stubbornly had insisted that they pass on to you and your family that you should not be worried about the donation; I was willing to donate, no matter what would be involved.

To everyone involved, I want to send you tons of “likes” for the ability to accept and deal with this, each in his own way, and to embrace me with a big hug from afar.

I intentionally chose to write to you by hand, so that you could become familiar with at least one personal aspect of me in this long and discreet process.

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Stem cell transplant: saving life after life

I pray and hope that my stem cells will be absorbed in your body in the best possible way and that, with G-d’s help, you should recover and regain your strength so that you will once more stand on your own two feet, raise your head, and, above all, be proud of yourself for emerging victorious, in a big way.

Yours forever,

Your anonymous donor

The letter writer is just one of over three thousand caring Jews who cannot believe their good fortune to have been chosen to save a life. In a year or two, donor and patient will be permitted to meet. Can you imagine the joy as they embrace…brothers in blood, their souls entwined! 

There are close to a million potential donors in Ezer Mizion’s International Bone Marrow Registry, the largest Jewish registry in the world. But even the largest is not large enough. Our goal is to expand so that virtually every request is met with the exhilarating words: Yes! We have a match! 

 

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To My Dear Stem Cell Recipient

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To my dear stem cell recipient,

I was so happy when I received the call informing me that I was a match for a stem cell donation!

In the course of the process, which extended over about three weeks, there were ups and downs and quite a few fears and anxieties.

But in the end, I was determined to carry it out.

Now, a moment after finishing donating my stem cells, I feel relieved.

All that remains is to hope and pray that my donation will be of benefit to you and bring to your recovery.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a quick recovery and robust health, in the hope that you will soon resume routine life with the people you love.

I am so thrilled to be able to help!

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Because of You!

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July 2018 – Bone Marrow Donor Registry

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Harvesting stem cells prior to transplant
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Harvesting stem cells prior to transplant

ACTIVITY SUMMARY
26 stem cell transplants, 18 from donor pools
2,887 total transplants
914,586 members in registry

 

Transplant Countries
Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, USA
Donor Pool Countries
Brazil, Israel, USA Continue reading Because of You!

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Because of You!

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June 2018BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY ACTIVITY SUMMARY

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Donating stem cells to save a life

36 transplants, 22 from donor pools
2,861 total transplants
912,984 members in registry

Transplant Countries
Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA

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

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Because of You!

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May 2018Bone Marrow Donor Registry

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Stem cells being harvested for transplant
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Stem cells being harvested for transplant

ACTIVITY SUMMARY
34 transplants, 26 from donor pools
2,825 total transplants
910,798 members in registry

 

 

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Stem cells being harvested for transplant

Transplant Countries
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!

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Vorkanash

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Children’s matching games are fun but genetic matching can save a life!

She played matching games when she was a child. True, she wanted very much to win but losing wasn’t the end of the world. Now she is thirty. And losing this ‘matching game’ would be the end of her world… the end of her life.

She had been experiencing strong back pains for several months. When the pain intensified, she visited her doctor. Tests revealed that she had lymphocytic leukemia. Radiation and chemotherapy were not enough. Due to the aggressive character of the illness, she would have to have a stem cell transplant asap.  Within a few, short weeks! “We are in a race against time,” explained Dr. Itai Levy, head of the Hematology Department in Soroka Hospital.

Her name is Vorkanash. Continue reading Vorkanash

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Yair Wins the Lottery and Saves a Life

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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

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Like Magnet to Metal

This was number five. We were experienced. My husband had the bris (circumcision) details taken care of within 24 hours of the birth while I lay in my hospital bed dreaming of his first day of school, his first two-wheeler… We did not know yet what the doctors already suspected.  That he is not expected to live long enough to ride a two-wheeler.

Preparing to feed him on his very first day of life, I noticed a rash on his head and groin. I assumed it was nothing but thought I would point it out to the nurse on duty.

It wasn’t nothing. It was a big something.  By the time he was five months, we had learned that the ‘something’ had a name: Wiscott-Aldrich – a hereditary disorder that attacks one out of every million children and affects platelets and immune system cells. The average life expectancy was no more than five years. Unless…we held tight to our chairs. There was an ‘unless’, a ‘maybe’, perhaps some hope in this black, black nightmare we found ourselves in. Continue reading Like Magnet to Metal

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