The numbers are begining to come in…

The situation was not good. Ezer Mizion’s International Bone Marrow Registry, the largest Jewish registry in the world, had over 600,000 registrants but only a small amount were of specific underrepresented minorities like Bucharian, Iraqi, Teimani and Georgian. A cancer patient stemming from these ethnicities had only a small chance of finding a genetic match should a bone marrow transplant be needed. Funding was urgently needed for an emergency drive.

Jews are a generous people. From all over the world, money poured in for the genetic testing of new registrants. On the day of the drive, 20,000 members of these under-represented groups rushed to register. Samples were taken and the testing began. And now, less than six months later, twenty of the new registrants were found to be complete genetic matches to patients whose sole chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. That’s twenty Jews who will live. Many of these are small children who, without the life-saving transplant, would not have the opportunity to grow up. Others may be young mothers and fathers, terrified of leaving their children to grow up as orphans.

The 20,000 new registrants will remain on the database for decades. Long after they have forgotten their registration, their phone may ring and they may be told: You are the only one that can save the life of another Jew.

As they enjoy the antics of their toddlers, as they shed a tear at a child’s Bar Mitzvah or wedding, those whose lives have been saved are often struck by the question: What if there had been no Ezer Mizion?

For those who like numbers, a full report of the registry is available online with poignant pictures and anecdotes.

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