Preparing for the new decade of Hadassah fundraising, Hadassah International held a European Fundraising Seminar at the end of October in Zurich, Switzerland, during which participants shared their passion for Hadassah and learned how to capitalize upon it to raise ever greater funds for the Hadassah Medical Center.
Thanks to the Hadassah Medical Center’s Dyna and Fala Weinstock Department of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology, endowed by generous donors from the United Kingdom, a 2 1/2-year-old girl from the Former Soviet Union with an eye tumor (retinoblastoma) and a 14-year-old boy from Cyprus have defeated the cancers that were threatening their lives.
Hadassah is well-known for its skill in treating the ailments of Israel’s human patients, but its doctors have also come to the aid of the country’s animal population.
Researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center, together with Dor Yeshorim, The Committee for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, have discovered a genetic mutation that causes children of Ashkenazi Jewish descent to be born with a serious neurological genetic disease called Joubert Syndrome.
Macedonia’s Minister of Health, Bujar Osmani, traveled to Jerusalem in November to sign a cooperative agreement with Israeli Deputy Health Minister, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, to enhance exchange of information between Israel and Macedonia in the fields of health care and medical science.
Eager to witness Hadassah’s advances in medical technology, HE Christian Estrosi, France’s Minister of Industry and Mayor of Nice, along with a delegation from his home country, toured the Hadassah Medical Center at the end of November, accompanied by Hadassah France President Michelle Israel.
It is the season of celebrating miracles and rededicating ourselves to repairing the world.
Hadassah New Zealand’s inaugural Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship recipient, Auckland District Health Board Analyst Dr. Ronald Ma, recently returned from his clinical exchange at the Hadassah Medical Center, impressed by the standard of clinical practice and the professionalism, motivation, and enthusiasm of its health professionals. When asked what he would like others around the world to know about the Hadassah Medical Center, he responded: “Hadassah is the most neutral place and contributes to the international community with its wealth of knowledge, expertise, and innovation, regardless of race, religion and politics.”
Yael Lehmann from Hadassah Nice Côte d'Azur, France, together with her husband, Patrick, and son, Jean-David, who lives in Israel, celebrated their gift to the Center for Children with Chronic Diseases at the Hadassah Medical Center with a visit in November. Senior Physician Dr. Shaia Wexler and Head Nurse Yael Kastiel gave the family a tour of the facilities, explaining the functions of the various rooms and clinics. The family then unveiled the plaque that commemorates their donation in memory of Patrick’s family, who perished in the Holocaust.
Fortified with donated designer clothes, Hadassah Austria once again hosted its annual designer sale in a Vienna art gallery, raising $12,000 dollars for the Hadassah Medical Center.