Category Archives: emergency relief

HOW YOU CAN GIVE DIRECT HELP TO CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA

WITHOUT TREATMENT THEY CAN DIE. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

  • On March 8, the Israel Lemonade Fund created the TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA Program.
  • April- The Inbar and Marius Nacht Foundation joined us, in partnering with GETT Taxis enabling more patients to benefit.
  • 2,300 free taxi rides have already been sent to needy cancer patients so that they WON’T MISS TREATMENT DURING CORONA.
  • They need rides from August onward…

YOU can help the Israel Lemonade Fund reach it’s goal of NIS 180,000 ($52,245.) Funds raised by this campaign will go straight toward TAXIS for needy breast cancer patients in the TAXI program, as well as for the general work of the Lemonade Fund, providing emergency financial grants to breast cancer patients in treatment.

TO DONATE TO THE ISRAEL LEMONADE FUND CORONA APPEAL, PRESS HERE.

Transportation Ministry ordered all public transport operators to disinfect the buses but failed to enforce the guidelines, instead passing the responsibility to the Health Ministry; 1,032 incidents of exposure to virus carriers on buses in 2 weeks

Asaf Zagrizak|

Published: 07.09.20 , 12:24

Israel’s exceedingly filthy public buses have become a major source of coronavirus infection, according to health officials, but public transport companies continue to neglect the problem while the ministries shift the responsibility.

According to the Health Ministry, in the last two weeks there have been 1,032 incidents of exposure to a confirmed coronavirus carrier on public transport.

The Movement for Freedom of Information group petitioned the Transportation Ministry to respond to the allegation they’ve failed to enforce public health orders on bus operators. The ministry, however, said the responsibility for enforcing health regulations lies with the Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry, meanwhile, said the responsibility lies solely with the Transportation Ministry.

Bus route 7 in Tel Aviv on Thursday

The latest incident occurred in Tel Aviv on Monday, on Line 18 bus operated by the Dan Public Transportation. On the same day, exposures to confirmed virus carriers were reported on Line 7 in Bnei Brak, lines 3,26 and 10 in Tel Aviv, and Line 13 in Hadera.

On July 5, 15 incidents of exposure to verified carriers were reported on public transport: Line 430 from Haifa to Tiberias, Line 434 from Tiberias to Haifa, Line 960 from Haifa to Jerusalem, Line 270 from Tel Aviv to Rishon Letzion, Line 180 from Bnei Brak to Elad , Line 998 from Bnei Brak to Kiryat Ata, lines 18 and 10 within Tel Aviv, Line 20 in Jerusalem, Line 20 in Ashdod, Line 48 in Ramat Hasharon and Line 2 opearting in Kiryat Ata and Haifa.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at the very start of the coronavirus outbreak in March that all public transport vehicles must regularly be disinfected, with the Transportation Ministry issuing a host of guidelines to the public transport operators shortly afterwards.

“…It was a very unusual experience to discover such great deeds from people.”

Dear Lemonade Fund:

My father fell ill with a very aggressive form of cancer over six months ago. We were having trouble coping with the shock of the diagnosis and dealing with the treatments, the new situation…when suddenly a new crisis arose – Corona.

This world that we are trying to deal with as cancer patients, we are already dealing with a more complex reality in addition to Corona! Our nuclear family was struggling to figure out how to deal with it all. And then came the contribution, the taxi rides from the Lemonade Fund, (funded by a generous grant from the Inbar and Marius Nacht Foundation.)

I have no words to thank you for this rare work of yours, which has allowed my father to get to his chemotherapy treatments. It has enabled him to fight for his life.

My father lives in Haifa, but the doctor who is expert in his aggressive cancer works at Ichilov Hospital (Tel Aviv.)

Corona threatened my father’s chance to fight for his life due to having to undertake this long journey with a compromised immune system.  And then during a time without public transportation after it was cancelled. And then there was the worry that our family had about this situation.

I had to say thank you to you. In the presence of the huge crisis facing the world now, it was a very unusual experience to discover such great deeds from people. So thank you very much, Lemonade Fund! Thank you also to our social worker, S. You have proven that there are good people all along the way.

To Donate to the Lemonade Fund: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

 

A Corona Miracle: Getting Cancer Patients to Their Treatments During Corona

Here is the sunshine that was borne out of the darkness of this pandemic. Feel good, feel proud. What can happen when we all care for each other.

Based on an actual story.

It’s early February, 2020 and A., a 48 years old divorced mother of two, has been diagnosed with a fast-growing cancer. Her doctor informs her that she needs to start weekly treatments, immediately. She lives in the north, about an hour from Haifa, but there’s a direct bus she can take. Stories about the novel Covid 19 virus begin to appear on the evening news, but she’s distracted by her own worries.

To read more:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-corona-miracle-taxis-for-cancer-patients/?fbclid=IwAR2IWet5EVY9exTZjF7NgLAmZMqpEdox0Awc-AQ2P8iilSWeCtbuxkayz20

 

 

 

FREE TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA – STORIES

-A mother needed to visit her young son, immunocompromised and in isolation in a hospital leukemia ward. We are making it possible for this mother to see her son often even during Corona.

-Lung cancer patient needed transport from Kiryat Gat to Be’er Sheva to start radiation therapy. Done!

-Brought a woman from Shlomi (very far north,) to Rambam in Haifa today for breast cancer treatment. Daughter was overwhelmed with gratitude. Mother would have had no other way to get to the hospital without this.

-A patient from Eilat with pancreatic cancer is being treated in Be’er Sheva. He needed to go to the hospital once in April in order to get special pills that he can take instead of having repeated chemotherapy infusions. No flights. His social worker reached out to the Israel Lemonade Fund asking if it was even possible to arrange a taxi from Eilat to Be’er Sheva. (Thanks to GETT for offering more than fair taxi fees,) we offered to help this man reach the hospital for his April appointment.

-A Bedouin woman needed breast cancer treatment. Impossible feat without public transportation. GETT found a way to get her from her village and we got her to her treatments.

-From a social worker: “The service is critical especially for those coming to Ein Karen from outside central Jerusalem. Wish it would continue forever…”

Stories of cancer patients who got to the hospital thanks to the Israel Lemonade Fund/Inbar and Marius Nacht Foundation/Gett Taxi partnership…..THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Israel Lemonade Fund is still helping needy patients with one time grants for non-medical expenses. Your donations are needed more than ever at this time. Thank you.

Link to apply for free taxi rides for cancer patients: https://lemonadefund.org/%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%a0%d7%94-taxi-2/

TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS – 2 PROFILES -WEEK 2

  • 44 year old, married, 3 children, Stage 4, second diagnosis. Financial crisis in family. Immunocompromised but NO money for private taxi rides until the Lemonade Fund stepped in.

Kiryat Gat to Be’er Sheva for chemo and bio treatment.

Average taxi fare = NIS 230 ($65)

Awarded special TAXI grant of NIS 920 ($255) – 4 TAXI RIDES

  • 57 year old married mother of one. Cashier, used up sick days, husband missing his shifts in factory to care for wife. Frantic about how to get to the hospital during Corona outbreak, until the Lemonade Fund helped.

Karmiel to Haifa for chemo/rads.

Average taxi fare from Carmiel to Haifa = NIS 180 ($50).

Awarded special TAXI grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 5 TAXI RIDES

The Lemonade Fund launched an urgent appeal on March 8, to help patients take private taxis, so that they will not miss their treatments during this difficult time. (For the average breast cancer patient: Radiation – 25 sessions. Chemotherapy – 12-24 sessions.) Cancer patients are being urged to avoid public transportation.

Average Israeli intra-city taxi fee: NIS 50 ($15)
Common Israeli inter-city taxi fee: NIS 180 ($50)
Please donate taxi rides, (one or more,) or any amount that you can. THANK YOU!

Cancer patients are being advised NOT to take  public transportation during the Corona outbreak. Most needy Lemonade Fund applicants cannot afford taxis. (Health insurance only reimburses for public transportation or a taxi in one direction.)

We will continue to send money directly to patients in need as long as this emergency campaign is funded. Thank you to those who have already donated. (Tax deductible in Israel, US and other countries.)

UPDATE – TAXI RIDES FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA OUTBREAK

The Lemonade Fund has launched an urgent appeal to help patients take private taxis, so that they will not miss their treatments during this difficult time. (For the average breast cancer patient: Radiation – 25 sessions. Chemotherapy – 12-24 sessions.) Cancer patients are being urged to avoid public transportation.
Average Israeli intra-city taxi fee: NIS 50 ($15)
Common Israeli inter-city taxi fee: NIS 180 ($50)
Please donate taxi rides, (one or more,) or any amount that you can. THANK YOU!

(Updated, March 22, 2020) First five approved patients have already gotten the following TRANSPORTATION GRANTS with nine more on the way:

48 year old divorced mother of two, supermarket cashier, used up sick pay.

  • Karmiel to Haifa for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare from Carmiel to Haifa = NIS 180 ($50).
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 5 taxi rides.

58 year old widowed mother of two, can’t work due to illness.

  • Ofakim to Beer Sheva for chemo.
  • Average taxi from Ofakim to Beer Sheva = NIS 100 ($28).
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 9 taxi rides.

35 year old single mother of toddler, Stage 4.

  • Needs city taxi rides in Nahariya to hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

67 year old divorced mother of two, pensionnaire.

  • Needs city rides from Jaffa to Tel Aviv hospital for radiation.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

44 year old single mother of 2 young children. Psych issues, abuse, PTSD. Bankrupt.

  • Pardes Hana to Haifa for chemo and radiation.
  • Average taxi fare = unknown, various routes.
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 600 ($166) towards private taxi rides.

(March 22) Next set of grants slated to be awarded:

59 year old divorced mother of 2. Second diagnosis, deeply in debt.

  • Bat Yam to Tel Aviv for last rounds of chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 70 ($20)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 350 ($100) towards private taxi rides.

47 year old married mother of 8 (toddlers to young adult) Stage 4. 

  • Ramat Bet Shemesh to Jerusalem for chemo and bio treatments.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 220 ($60)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 880 ($245)

27 year old married mother of 2 young children, no family support, husband’s business recently closed. No income.

  • Outskirts of Jerusalem to Jerusalem hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 70 ($20)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 350 ($100) – toward private taxi rides.

41 year old, separated, 6 children. Worked in tourism sector, out of work. Father died, helping mother.

  • Inner city Jerusalem to Jerusalem hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

44 year old, married, 3 children, Stage 4, second diagnosis. Financial crisis in family.

  • Kiryat Gat to Be’er Sheva for chemo and bio treatment.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 230 ($65)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 920 ($255) – 4 taxi rides.

68 year old, widow, living alone on small pension. Stage 4, other health issues. 

  • Inner city Jerusalem to Jerusalem hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

49 year old, married, 4 children, Stage 4, second diagnosis, disabled son. Family member used to drive her, can’t now due to possible Corona infection.

  • Needs city taxi rides in Nahariya to hospital for chemo.
  • Average taxi fare = NIS 50 ($15)
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 400 ($110) – 8 taxi rides.

57 year old married mother of one. Cashier, used up sick days, husband missing his shifts in factory to care for wife.

  • Karmiel to Haifa for chemo/rads.
  • Average taxi fare from Carmiel to Haifa = NIS 180 ($50).
  • Awarded special grant of NIS 900 ($250) – 5 taxi rides.

Request for additional funds for A. below, granted:

44 year old single mother of 2 young children. Psych issues, abuse, PTSD. Bankrupt. (Additional NIS 300 added. March 22, to NIS 600 sent previously.)

Immunocompromised patients are being advised NOT to take  public transportation during the Corona outbreak. Most needy Lemonade Fund applicants cannot afford taxis. (Health insurance only reimburses for public transportation or a taxi in one direction.)

We will continue to send money directly to patients in need as long as this emergency campaign is funded. Thank you to those who have already donated. (Tax deductible in Israel, US and other countries.)

URGENT APPEAL FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING CORONA OUTBREAK

IMMEDIATE APPEAL FROM THE ISRAEL LEMONADE FUND:
The Coronavirus has created new and potentially expensive challenges for patients travelling to their chemotherapy/radiation treatments. They are immunocompromised, and they are being warned not to take public buses and trains.

“The early data from China, and reports from the ground in Italy and other sites of local transmission is that our cancer patients are going to be at increased risk,” said Dr. Steve Pergam, a clinical and infectious disease researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington.

Pergam said people currently in treatment, if at all possible, should avoid taking public buses or trains. But he also acknowledged not every patient can afford private car services or taxis. “Talk to your care team about what options exist to support you getting there without taking public transportation,” Pergam said.

Most indigent Israeli breast cancer patients can at most, only afford public transportation; many do not own cars. Our social workers at Breast Centers are reporting high levels of anxiety in their patients regarding this issue.

We are launching an urgent appeal to help patients take taxis, so that they will not miss their treatments during this difficult time. (For the average breast cancer patient: Radiation – 25 sessions. Chemotherapy – 12-24 sessions.)

Average Israeli intra-city taxi fee: NIS 50 ($15)

Common Israeli inter-city taxi fee: NIS 180 ($50)

Please donate taxi rides, (one or more,) or any amount that you can. Monies donated that are earmarked, ‘TRANSPORT’ will go specifically for this request. (Any leftover funds from this appeal will go towards regular transportation grants during, hopefully, better times.)

 

Tax deductible in US, Israel, Canada, UK and Australia.

The Last Lemonade Fund Grant of 2019

E. is a middle-aged divorcee with two adult children; a son who is schizophrenic and daughter who works full-time and has young children. Over the years E. supported herself and her children with no help from her ex-husband or family, by working as a scientist. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (and spinal problems,) and she has had to miss work due to the side effects of chemotherapy and pain. She has used up all of her sick leave and savings and she is very anxious about her financial situation. E. applied to the Lemonade Fund because she desperately needs extra help to get through this difficult time. This is exactly what we are here for…

The Lemonade Fund is Israel’s only Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund. We give one-time grants to indigent Israeli breast cancer patients to ease their financial stress while they are in treatment. So they can focus on themselves, not their money worries.

We wish E. and all of our 2019 Lemonade Fund grant recipients, good health, recovery and peace.

We wish all of our Lemonade Fund supporters, happy holidays and good wishes going into 2020. We owe you a huge THANK YOU for helping us make 2019 a year of growth and expansion into more Israeli breast centers. We helped a record number of patients this past year, thanks to you. There is so much more to do…here’s to accomplishing even more in 2020!

TO DONATE: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

Profiles in Courage – November 2019

For almost 9 years the Lemonade Fund has been giving emergency financial grants to the neediest Israeli breast cancer patients. We are a small but efficient charity with almost 100% of the money you donate going straight to these patients. We have tripled the amount of grants given monthly since 2011, but we can only continue to do this with your help. Please consider donating to the Lemonade Fund: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/

A few November cases:

S. is a divorced housewife with 4 children, one of whom is disabled. The father fled to the US and doesn’t send child support. S. has struggled to support her family and managed. Until now. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her liver and lungs. One of the main functions of the Lemonade Fund is to lower the level of stress for families, during this difficult time. S. was awarded an emergency Lemonade Fund grant that we hope will give her some respite so she can focus on her treatment and her family.

A. is a 48 year old mother of 2 children, from the south. Sadly, both children were born with the gene for ALS, (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurological disease.) Her 21 year old son recently died from the disease and her 17 year old daughter is now confined to a wheelchair and is failing. Prior to the children developing ALS, A. worked as a caregiver for the elderly, however in July she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and she cannot work due to the side effects of the chemo. Her husband is unable to work full time and the family is having a hard time, financially. They were awarded a Lemonade Fund grant.

Average grant is NIS 2,100.

Thank you!

What Breast Centers are Saying to us…

(עברית אחרי)

“WOW! How wonderful, how emotional!  Thank you so very much! These grants literally save these women…”  From a Social Worker in response to grant awards for her patients.

!וואו! איזה יופי! מאוד מרגש”

“.תודה רבה רבה, זה פשוט מציל את הנשים האלה.

מעובדת סוציאלית בתגובה לשימוע על מענקי המטופלים שלה-