Recent thank you letters from Lemonade Fund Grant Recipients

thank you letters 2014

Confidentiality protected. Nice to hear how the work of the Lemonade Fund is helping Israeli breast cancer patients. In their own words.

New Year Profiles in Courage

A., 26, single and from the south, originally from Uzbekistan, was recently diagnosed in October with stage IV breast cancer. The cancer had already spread to A.’s bones and liver and she is in a great deal of pain. She has moved back to live with her parents, as she is no longer able to care for herself. Her mother is also being treated for breast cancer, but is still able to help her daughter. However, between caring for her daughter and keeping up with her own treatments, A.’s mother had to stop working, and her father had lost his job.  The family is struggling to make ends meet. Their application for a Lemonade Fund grant was approved.

C., is a man from the center of the country who has been beset with health problems for most of his life He is currently battling a recurrence of breast cancer. 1% of breast cancers occur in men, and C. is the second male applicant to the Lemonade Fund. He lived with his mother following his first diagnosis, and she helped him financially afterwards. She has since died, and he is now living with his brother who suffers from mental illness himself, and can’t be of much assistance to C. Having lymphedema and diabetes has made it increasingly difficult for C. to move and get around. He is unable to work and is in severe financial crisis. His social worker submitted an application to the Lemonade Fund on his behalf and a grant was issued to him to help him get through this difficult period.

2015 has started out with a record number of applications to the Lemonade Fund. Please consider making a contribution so that we can continue to help the country’s neediest breast cancer patients. Thank you.

http://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

Profiles: December 2014

The Lemonade Fund has been quietly working hard.

Since September 2011, more than 120 disadvantaged Israeli breast cancer patients have received financial assistance to help them cope with the costs of being seriously ill.

The story of L.

L., a 76 year old widow from Netanya, lives in subsidized housing and her only source of income is her National Insurance payment, NIS 2,505 ($652) per month. Her recent diagnosis of breast cancer brought with it extra costs for travel to the hospital for treatment as well as assorted other non-covered health-related expenses. L. began to experience extreme anxiety due to her severe financial crisis and was referred to the Lemonade Fund by her hospital social workers. L. received a Lemonade Fund grant which is giving her the cushion she needs to relax and concentrate on getting well. We wish L. a speedy recovery.

The Lemonade Fund operates throughout Israel, helping breast cancer patients regardless of nationality, race, religion or sex. Statistics show that illness can propel a family into bankruptcy within six months. The Lemonade Fund has become the known breast cancer emergency financial assistance program in Israel. Patients now know that there is somewhere to go for help when they are most desperate. Please help the Lemonade Fund continue it’s good work.

To donate:

http://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

Thank you!

How to recognize possible breast cancer symptoms

Lemonade for the New Year

The Lemonade Fund just passed the 3 year mark!

To date, 259,000 shekels in grants have been given to Israeli breast cancer patients, 113 women and 1 man, who are in financial crisis due to the their illness. 

One of our most recent grants went to H., a 57 year old woman from central Israel who was recently diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Having survived thyroid cancer a year earlier, H. had just returned to her job as a caretaker at a nursing home. During the same period, her husband was forced to declare bankruptcy. H. is currently going through chemotherapy treatment and is also, understandably, suffering from anxiety and depression. H. and her husband have no source of income during this difficult time and we received an application on her behalf from her hospital social worker. The grant was delivered in time for the holiday season and we wish H. well. (With your donations, we can help patients like H. For more profiles, see, http://www.lemonadefund.org/profiles.)

During this time of year, we are focused on capturing God’s ear. The sound of the shofar is an ancient call, like a cry, without words. It is worth mentioning the simplest, most heart-felt prayer ever recorded. Five words, cried out by Moses, when his sister became ill. “Kayl, na, refa na lah.” “Please God, please heal her.”

The raw nakedness of this request to God can teach us much about prayer. At it’s most powerful, it is direct and straight from the heart. Yom Kippur can be a time of deep introspection when this kind of connection is possible.

We can also see how a serious illness shakes man to his core. On Yom Kippur, when most of us are praying earnestly for an upcoming year of blessings, very sick people beseech God for survival and recovery. I remember the first Yom Kippur after diagnosis as being one of intense gratitude as well as a humble new understanding of exactly what it means to pray for and be granted life.

Yom Kippur is all about effecting change and bettering oneself. One of the proscribed Jewish ways to improve ourselves is to help those around us by giving charity. The Lemonade Fund is a simple charity with very little overhead. It assists breast cancer patients financially while they are in active treatment so they can concentrate on getting well. No one should have to be indigent and seriously ill at the same time, as long as we can help it. http://www.lemonadefund.org/about

Please consider a donation to the Lemonade Fund. To donate: http://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

We would like to thank the Young Israel of West Hempstead, West Hempstead, NY, and their Combined Israel Appeal for their generous support of the Lemonade Fund. Their grant will help us help many patients.

Finally, (it’s been a while) a lemon recipe for the break fast. Wishing everyone a meaningful Yom Kippur and a sweet, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Shari Mendes,
Lemonade Fund,
Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF)
c/o ESRA
P.O.Box 3132
Herzliya 46104, ISRAEL

info: info@lemonadefund.org
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Lemon Yoghurt Cupcakes

Here is a delicious and healthy lemon cake recipe.

Traditional lemon yoghurt cakes are loaded with refined white flour, sugar and saturated fat that really don’t do much to promote wellbeing. When I cook, my aim is to design a recipe not only for taste, but also for good health.
I’ve made these cupcakes using almonds to replace the white flour because it makes them so moist and naturally sweet as well as being gluten free. Almonds are also loaded with protein + good anti-inflamatory fats that help promote health. Eggs are also a great source of protein that can promote a healthy immune system. The addition of lemon + yoghurt gives these cupcakes a wonderful flavour and helps to activate the bicarb, that makes them rise.
3 cups (300 g / 10 1/2 oz) ground almonds / almond meal / almond flour
½ teaspoon baking soda – bi carb soda
2 free range or organic eggs
juice and zest from 1 lemon
½ cup (180 g / 6 1/4 oz) honey
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
50 g macadamia nut oil or (olive oil, avocado oil, cold pressed coconut oil, butter)
¼ cup (80 g/ 2 3/4 oz) thick natural or Greek style yoghurt
Preheat your oven to 160 C. 320 F fan forced.
Combine almond meal + baking soda.
Add eggs, lemon juice + zest, honey, vanilla, oil and yoghurt.
Mix well.
Spoon into prepared cupcake tins.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Enjoy.
Makes 12
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A Lemonade Fund Perspective on the Ninth of Av

“God, you have drawn me up and not let my enemies rejoice over me. My God,  I cried out to you and you healed me.” (Psalm 30)

It would be easy to be depressed about what has been happening in Israel lately. We are being attacked, within our borders, and we are doing our best to defend ourselves. In truth, there have been losses of many bright young men in the prime of their lives, or of innocent civilians, and the cry of mourners can be heard in almost every corner of our land, of our region. We are facing formidable foes, and though we are united in our resolve and strong in military might, it is human nature to be fearful and sad.

We at the Lemonade Fund deal with assisting people who are seriously ill. Those who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness face the personal battle of their lives. They succumb to hopelessness at times, and fear is their steady companion.

How, then, do we find hope during times of such profound worry and sadness? The Ninth of Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year, begins tonight, and the meaning of the day lends a clue to finding solace during hard times. Tisha B’Av commemorates one Jewish tragedy after another, each one could have threatened future Jewish sustainability. Yet, through it all, we as a people have survived. It is said that baseless hatred between Jews, between brothers, brought about these periods of destruction. More likely, it was a lack of kindness, consideration and tolerance that caused us to work against one another. We are powerful when we come together, as the current situation in Israel has shown. As a nation, we are experiencing unity as never before, and there are immense national and spiritual benefits to this. Our enemies haven’t rejoiced over us.

If this terrible war can help us to learn about the benefits of unity and we can continue to act with kindness and tolerance toward one another, something good will have come out of all of this.

As we did at the same time last year we at the Lemonade Fund ask that you take on simple acts of goodness. (The Lemonade Fund was founded during the week of Tisha B’Av and this week we mark our 3 year anniversary.) Our particular focus is illness. Most of the breast cancer patients who have received Lemonade Fund grants are desperately ill. The poor often don’t get medical help until disease is advanced. Many are young and single parents. Children are impacted. Many of our recipients are from communities in the south that have been particularly hard hit during Operation Protective Edge.

Please take a moment tonight and tomorrow to have these patients in mind. If it is your way, please pray for them. (You can read many of their stories on the website, http://www.lemonadefund.org/profiles.) Volunteer at the Lemonade Fund; we welcome all volunteers. Or reach out to someone you may know who is ill. Call them, text them, visit them, connect with their caregivers and offer support. Reach out to a stranger who is needy or lonely. Just Reach Out.

May this day go from being a day of mourning to a day of celebration. May we all stay safe and see peace soon.

Thanks, the Lemonade Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profiles in Courage – June and July 2014

S., 44 years old, from a city in the center of the country, applied to the Lemonade Fund when she felt she had no where else to turn. S., recently diagnosed with breast cancer, lives with her elderly mother (who requires full-time care) and her husband who is no longer able to work as a butcher due to mental illness. S. was unable to have children but has worked for many years with disabled children. Due to the side effects of chemotherapy she is currently not working and her small family is living on minimal disability payments. She has fallen behind on many payments as well and debts are piling up. The Lemonade Fund was created in order to help breast cancer patients weather difficult financial times so that they can concentrate on recovery. S. was awarded a generous grant and we wish her a swift recovery.

T., 61 years old, is a divorced mother of three, living on a small pension in a fourth floor walk up in Kiryat Malachi, a town in the south that has been hard hit during Operation Protective Edge. Breast cancer, originally diagnosed seventeen years ago, has returned and metastasized. She is in a great deal of pain and applied to the Lemonade Fund for help to pay for pain medicines that are not fully covered by insurance as well as for assistance with travel expenses to the hospital where she is being treated. (Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva.) We at the Lemonade Fund hope that T.’s grant will help alleviate some of the considerable pain and stress that she is under at this point.

Young Family Asking for Help

The Lemonade Fund was notified of a family in the Sharon area that needs help. The mother, suffering from late stage breast cancer, is in intensive care. The father said that what he and his children want most right now is for people to pray (and recite psalms) for his wife. He said it would comfort them greatly to know that this is happening. His wife’s name is Bracha Rachel Yetta bat Hindel. (The name Bracha was added this week.) At some later point we may be called on to help the family in other ways, such as with meals or financial assistance, but for now they are asking only for prayers. Thank you.

Breast Cancer Patient requests your prayers and good deeds

A good friend of the Lemonade Fund, Etana Sarah bat Hadassah, is herself undergoing a biopsy today to determine the extent of the spread of cancer to her abdomen and liver. She has asked that we pray for her and do good deeds. She is an amazing woman who has never complained, has only asked, during each bout with this illness, that we pray and do good to others, in her name. She may see this as part of her ‘medicine,’ and it has been working. Many have been helped, thanks to her. She has been fighting this disease for a while and we are with her in the hope that our actions can help her continue in her fight.

Thank you.

The Lemonade Fund

A Living Room Concert to Benefit the Lemonade Fund

A LIving Room Concert to Benefit the Lemonade Fund

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