To date, Hadassah International has raised $8.81 million for the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower of Healing, to be dedicated at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem in 2012. With this issue of the eBulletin, we begin a new feature, “Distinguished Donor Profiles.” It is our goal to give you a glimpse into who our Tower donors are and what motivates these generous individuals to support this new citadel of healing.
Hadassah International is helping to fund the upgrade and expansion of Hadassah’s Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine Department. The following is one story of healing from the Blood Bank:
As a recent immigrant to Israel, a Russian mother had no support network to turn to when she was diagnosed with lymphoma and needed blood for her bone marrow transplant.
Following the launch of the Australia Israel Medical Research Fund, AusIMed, in Melbourne, Dr. Yair Birnbaum, Associate Director General of the Hadassah University Medical Center, went on to promote Hadassah awareness in another of Hadassah Australia’s “hometowns”--Perth, Western Australia. In an editorial following Dr. Birnbaum’s visit, the editor of the local weekly Jewish newspaper, The Maccabean, noted: “In a crazy world, Hadassah is an island of sanity, working for peace through medicine. And if gold medals are being awarded, they are truly deserving.”
With the goal of enhancing knowledge of Israel beyond the Middle East conflict, the family of the late Valda Knight, past president of Hadassah New Zealand, has established the Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship to enable an individual to spend two to three weeks in Israel in professional development and personal enrichment, getting to know one of the world’s leading research and teaching hospitals—the Hadassah Medical Center.
Distinguished Donor Profile: Lady Marion `Davis and the Guardian Trust, New Zealand
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered that an experimental oral drug can counter an underlying genetic defect which results in cystic fibrosis.
The recent study "demonstrates the potential for personalized medicine, where we combine a selection of patients who have a specific type of genetic mutation with drug treatment that has been specifically designed to overcome that mutation," explains Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of pediatrics and the CF Center at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, as well as the lead author of the study.
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Hadassah New Zealand has received a gift of $250,000 for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower from Guardian Trust, on behalf of the Lady Marion Davis Memorial (Hospitals) Foundation, naming the ground-floor Information Desk and Area for philanthropist, Lady Davis. During their lifetimes, Lady Davis and her husband, Sir Ernest Davis, were generous contributors to medical care and education, including the building and ongoing support of the renowned Marion Davis Memorial Medical Library.
Tapping into ingenuity and community connections, Hadassah Australia created AusIMed—the Australia Israel Medical Research Fund—to support clinical collaboration and bilateral research between the Hadassah Medical Center and high-level hospitals in Australia. AusIMed was launched at a gala dinner on July 29, in coordination with the Australian Ministry of Health and the State Zionist Council of Victoria.
HE Tamar Samash, recently appointed Ambassador of Israel to Belgium and Luxembourg, chose Hadassah as the first organization to be hosted for a fundraising event in her residence.