When cancer strikes…

Dear Ezer Mizion,

Shalom! My name is Avishalom. I serve as a Rabbi. I am married and the father of four children ages 6-11.

Many people, when they speak of a serious illness or sudden tragedy, add the phrase ‘you shouldn’t know of it’. Unfortunately, my family did ‘know of it’.

My acquaintance with Ezer Mizion stems from my wife’s serious illness. In the recent past, she has undergone difficult treatments. At the time, she recovered but during this past year, the disease returned.

The reason I decided to write to you personally is that our family was privileged to receive from you a precious gift called “life.”

Our everyday life in this world is filled with non-stop challenges – day after day and hour after hour of endless running, aggravations, fears, anxieties and doubts, without a moment’s rest. From Ezer Mizion, we receive peace, tranquility, happiness and… life.

At these very moments, as I put pen to paper, my wife is getting ready to go to a hotel in Nir Etzion. I heard her this morning getting up with a song on her lips and singing to the children as she got them up to go to school and kindergarten (and this after yesterday’s treatment…) She was so excited that a trip was in the offing…a trip that literally put life into her.

We have not yet gotten over the Chanukah event that you organized for the children at the farm, which gave all of us a boost of joy and vitality. We still bask in its memories. At moments of tension, of medical tests, of thoughts about things that we fear to say in words, we recall these exciting events, picture the grins on the faces of our happy children – and thanks to you, the sun shines and we can smile.

These moments of “joy and life” are worth a fortune to us. If we could, we would keep those moments alive forever. If we could, we would stop the “film” and remain suspended in this state of joy and life without returning to our challenges, but…

At present, all we can do is, at the very least, to say – thank you for everything, and to express our deep appreciation for your tremendous life-giving enterprise.

I also want to stress another special, beautiful aspect of your operation.

As a matter of course, when a patient and his family come to an event arranged for them free of charge, they feel a bit “inferior,” “unfortunate,” a kind of “social case” that needs to be cheered up in his misery. Furthermore, as a rule, the organizers, on their part, give off a certain degree of superiority.  After all, they are the ones on the giving side. They have every reason to feel self-important. And even if they feel more than a bit, after all is said and done, they deserve it. We understand, they are the givers, and whoever isn’t comfortable with that, can leave.

But with Ezer Mizion, I can say in the most definite way, that it is not the case at all!!! I – and all the participants in your events – can attest that the common denominator to all these activities is that always – and I mean always – we feel like “VIPs”, the “sought after ones,” as if we are members of royalty, and we are the ones pulling the strings…

You know how to give us the feeling that we are determining what is good for us and what we prefer. There is a unique and wonderful feeling that everything is functioning as we want. If we have requests or objections, they are immediately addressed. Never did we hear a single word of complaint or the hint of a groan that would indicate that we are burdensome – not from Zevi, Rivka, or Batsheva, nor from anyone else (I don’t know all the names).

You do your job in the most perfect way – both from the logistic standpoint as well as on the plane of human relations. We always come out feeling as if we are doing you a favor by coming… and I am speaking about all the staff members and volunteers, without exception. The humility and simplicity, the natural, open communication with the patients and their families- it is clear to me that it all starts from the top.

For all this, we want to say thank you.

May you merit always being among the givers, the healthy, the granters of life- forever!




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