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November 2013 Profilee, A., Has Passed Away

The Lemonade Fund received a call from A.’s social worker today telling us that she had died. (Story of A., our November 2013 Profilee is copied below.) Rarely have we been as struck by an applicant, and I stood still and cried. A.’s sister is taking care of A’s children, and the money that we sent to A. will go to her young children.

November 2013 Profile in Courage – A.

‘A. is a 32 year old mother of three young children living in the center of the country. She is of Ethiopian Jewish descent, and was recently separated from her husband. A. supported the family by working in a supermarket, stocking shelves, but had to stop working recently when she discovered she had metastatic breast cancer. She is now undergoing aggressive treatment and has moved in with her parents in the south so that they can help her care for her children as she can no longer do so alone. Throughout all of this, A. has not let go of a private mission – to complete her education. She petitioned the Lemonade Fund for financial help with necessities but she also wrote about her dream.  A. has been studying at night for a college degree and doesn’t want anything, not even serious illness, to get in her way. She says that it gives her hope for her future. We at the Lemonade Fund see our help as a complementary form of medicine. The mind-body connection is powerful, and a reason to be hopeful may be as important to A. as her chemotherapy. The Lemonade Fund is inspired by people like A., and it is we who are privileged to help her.

The Lemonade Fund, an offical Israeli registered charity, is the only Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund in Israel. We give grants to needy applicants in active treatment for breast cancer, regardless of race, religiion or nationality.  

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION RIGHT NOW…Thank you.

To Donate: 

The Lemonade Fund is a welfare project administered by the Israeli volunteer organization, ESRA (English Speaking Residents Association.) Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt.

Online: http://www.esra.org.il/donation-form 

By Telephone: Call the ESRA office and make your donation by credit card (972) (9-950-8371).

By Check: (Israeli checks must be made out to ‘ESRA.’ )

In Israel, mail checks to:

ESRA, Lemonade Fund, POB 175, Raanana, Israel 43101

(American Checks must be made out to ‘PEF.’ Please attach a note earmarking the donation to ‘The Lemonade Fund.’)

In the US, mail checks to:

P.E.F. Endowment Funds, Inc., Room 607 317 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Tel: 212-599-1260.

Tax Exempt donation from the United Kingdom and other countries: Please contact the ESRA office to find out the best way of making your donation to ESRA from your country. Call ESRA +972-9-9508371, email: admin@esra.org.il

November 2013- Profiles in Courage

The Lemonade Fund had a record number of applicants in November. Many stories, but one stands out in singular sadness and bravery:

A. is a 32 year old mother of three young children living in the center of the country. She is of Ethiopian Jewish descent, and was recently separated from her husband. A. supported the family by working in a supermarket, stocking shelves, but had to stop working recently when she discovered she had metastatic breast cancer. She is now undergoing aggressive treatment and has moved in with her parents in the south so that they can help her care for her children as she can no longer do so alone. Throughout all of this, A. has not let go of a private mission – to complete her education. She petitioned the Lemonade Fund for financial help with necessities but she also wrote about her dream.  A. has been studying at night for a college degree and doesn’t want anything, not even serious illness, to get in her way. She says that it gives her hope for her future. We at the Lemonade Fund see our help as a complementary form of medicine. The mind-body connection is powerful, and a reason to be hopeful may be as important to A. as her chemotherapy. The Lemonade Fund is inspired by people like A., and it is we who are privileged to help her.

Please consider making an end of the year donation to the Lemonade Fund. Thank you!

(We would also be grateful if you would share this message with others and introduce them to the work of the Lemonade Fund, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund. We give financial assistance to needy Israeli breast cancer patients who are in active treatment, so they can concentrate on the more important work of getting well. )

To Donate

The Lemonade Fund is a welfare project administered by the Israeli volunteer organization, ESRA (English Speaking Residents Association.)

Your donation, for which you’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt, can be made in the following ways:

Online: http://www.esra.org.il/donation-form 

By Telephone: Call the ESRA office and make your donation by credit card (972) (9-950-8371).

By Check: (Israeli checks must be made out to ‘ESRA.’ )

In Israel, mail checks to:

ESRA, Lemonade Fund, POB 175, Raanana, Israel 43101

(American Checks must be made out to ‘PEF.’ Please attach a note earmarking the donation to ‘The Lemonade Fund.’)

In the US, mail checks to:

P.E.F. Endowment Funds, Inc., Room 607 317 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Tel: 212-599-1260.

Tax Exempt donation from the United Kingdom and other countries: Please contact the ESRA office to find out the best way of making your donation to ESRA from your country. Call ESRA +972-9-9508371, email: admin@esra.org.il

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/living-with-cancer-giving-thanks-and-latkes/?ref=health&_r=0

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/living-with-cancer-giving-thanks-and-latkes/?ref=health&_r=0

Susan Gubar presents an insightful way to be thankful on this day. The Lemonade Fund gave a record number of grants this month, in time for Channukah, to Israeli breast cancer patients. This fund would never have been created without the eye opening experience of having cancer. Though no one would wish for it, one can be grateful for the good that can be born out of such an experience.

Breast Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Israeli Women

Breast Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Israeli Women

Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death of Israeli women. (Higher in Jews than Arabs for some reason.) Treatment is top notch. Then, why? Must beat this disease. (Reminder to schedule your mammograms.)

Crispy Potato Latkes with Lemon and Healthy Baked Donuts

Gourmet  | December 2008

by Paul Grimes

  • Potato Latkes recipe

photo by Roland Bello

yield
Makes about 20 latkes

Every family has its own (ahem, best) version of these savory potato pancakes. We’re offering you a classic formula, though not everyone drains the potato mixture before frying—we find this prevents the latkes from absorbing too much oil and allows them to crisp into golden disks. Maybe this will become the new family favorite.

ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 pound russet (baking) potatoes (about 6)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • About 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • Accompaniment: sour cream
  • Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer

preparation

Cut onion lengthwise to fit feed tube of a food processor, then grate with medium shredding disk. Transfer to a large bowl (do not clean processor).

Peel potatoes and put in a bowl of cold water. Cut potatoes lengthwise to fit feed tube, then grate and add to onions. Toss with lemon juice, then with flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add eggs and stir to coat. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl (potatoes will release juices).

Preheat oven to 200°F. 3Heat 1/4 inch oil to 360°F in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat. Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop 4 or 5 mounds of potato mixture into skillet. Flatten with a fork to form 3 1/2-to 4-inch pancakes. Cook until golden brown, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven while making more latkes.

cooks’ note:Cooked latkes can be frozen on a baking sheet, then transferred to a sealable bag or container and frozen up to 2 weeks. Reheat in a 450°F oven (about 5 minutes).

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Potato-Latkes-350905#ixzz2l0oNhhMm

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

(courtesy Health Magazine)

  • Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts Recipe

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Coat with toppings (see ideas, below), if desired.

Lemon Glazed:

Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip 1 side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.

Calories 191

Chocolate-Hazelnut:

Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a bowl in microwave until smooth. Dip tops of doughnuts into chocolate and place chocolate side up on a rack to cool. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts; let sit about 10 minutes.

Calories 232

Chocolate Swirl:

Melt 4 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate in microwave until smooth. Fill a small squeeze bottle or zip-top plastic bag (snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag) with melted chocolate; pipe chocolate onto tops of doughnuts. Chill doughnuts until chocolate sets (about 10 minutes).

Calories 184

Cinnamon Sugar:

Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.

Calories 155

New simple blood test to confirm negative mammograms.

http://www.eventusdx.com/?page_id=82

New simple blood test to verify negative mammograms. To help allay concerns about what mammograms may miss. Pilot for Octava Pink test in Italy and Israel. Interesting

A thank you from a Lemonade Fund Grant recipient

To the Lemonade Fund:

My name is I.Z. I made aliyah (moved to Israel) with my mother, in 1995.

I met and had a relationship with a man after arriving. It was a mistake, but out of this relationship a son was born to me in 1997, and his name is T. The father of the boy disappeared and I have no communication with him, nor any support from him.

My mother died in 2010, and since then I’ve been alone with my son, with no other family at all here.

This year, in addition, I believe from all of the stress that I suffered, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and started to receive chemotherapy treatments and had to stop working.

I received a grant from you, NIS ——–, and this is helping me enormously, while I wait to get my disability payments.

I just want to say thank you to you. This grant has really cheered me up and made me happy.

With blessings, I.Z.

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October 2013 – Profiles in Courage

Many applicants to the Lemonade Fund this month. Here are two stories:

M. is a French immigrant with four teenage children and a husband who became too disabled to work, after their arrival. Until her recent diagnosis with breast cancer, M. had been the sole breadwinner in the family, (working as a salesperson in a shop.) M. is now unable to work due to the side effects of chemotherapy and their only income is her husband’s disability payments. This has caused a precipitous fall in their financial situation, which is now desperate. The Lemonade Fund was happy to award a grant to assist M. and her family during this difficult time.

E. is a young Ethiopian woman who came to Israel as a girl in 1989. She has four children, ages 2-12 and is now separated from her husband. She was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 bilateral breast cancer and is receiving treatment at a hospital in the center of the country. She moved north to live with her parents so that they can help her with her children, however her father is too old to help and her mother is overwhelmed with the task of caring for her grandchildren as well as her daughter. In addition, E. has to travel quite far for her bimonthly chemotherapy treatments. The Lemonade Fund issued a generous grant to E. and her family, and we pray for her recovery.

To donate to the Lemonade Fund: http://www.esra.org.il/israel-breast-cancer-emergency-relief-fund-ibcerf

We are considering expanding our services to provide meals, visits and transportation to treatments, for patients being treated at Breast Centers in the Raanana area, as  there is a great need for this. If we have enough volunteers we can do this.

We also need help in writing, translating (English to Hebrew,) and researching. This work may be done from home.

To volunteer, please send an email to: info@lemonadefund.org

Thank you!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/health/uganda-fights-stigma-and-poverty-to-take-on-breast-cancer.html?hpw&_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/health/uganda-fights-stigma-and-poverty-to-take-on-breast-cancer.html?hpw&_r=0

Five years post diagnosis… what’s been learned

Five years post diagnosis… what’s been learned