No time to write a lot right now, but glad to talk about something other than rockets or ceasefires. I do want to mention that I was often struck by how ‘normal life’ struggles to push through, no matter how harrowing the conditions. I imagine this must be true on both sides. People have flat tires, get sick, try to get work done, etc, while a war is going on. Surreal.
In the midst of the chaos, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund committee met last week, and in keeping with the dismal mood, the cases this month seemed to be particularly heartbreaking. Applications came in from all over the country, though coincidentally, mostly from the south. All women this time, (men can get breast cancer, too) but from all sectors of Israeli society. Two of the women are stage 4, young and very sick. Kind of need miracles. For the first time I left one of these meetings feeling depressed (usually they’re very uplifting,) though I was grateful we were able to help all of the applicants.
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|HOT APPLE CIDER LEMONADE|
|1 gal. apple cider
6 oz. lemonade
6 oz. orange juice
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 tbsp. whole allspiceCombine cider, lemonade, orange juice and brown sugar in pan. Heat over medium heat. Place spices in cheese cloth and add to cider. Serve warm.
The Lemonade Fund, http://www.lemonadefund.org, was founded as a response to devastating news. After getting over the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, I was fortunate to be able to concentrate on the all-consuming job of getting well. During that initial year of treatment, I was often struck by how costly it was to be sick and wondered, how do impoverished women do this? Income is often reduced due to time off from work and yet there are a myriad of new illness-related expenses. Having a serious illness teaches you that there are things that you can and things that you can’t control. We couldn’t necessarily cure cancer, but we could alleviate some of the financial pressure in the neediest among us. Thus was born the Lemonade Fund, an official Israeli charity that grants short term financial assistance to needy breast cancer patients (from all segments of the Israeli population, women and men, of all races and religions,) during the first year of treatment.
Now after more than a year of successfully making lemonade out of lemons, we aim to continue this good work. We are receiving grant requests from all over the country. One of the women who received a grant this month is a single mother of three children, who was recently diagnosed with serious disease. One of her children is a 17 year old daughter who survived a terrorist attack and is just getting back on her feet. The mother is now unable to work and the family is having trouble making ends meet. It was a privilege to be able to help her.
If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation to the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF) aka, the Lemonade Fund, in honor of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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