Michal Sprout Margolis has been organizing for the fifth year, donating blood to her mother.
Here is Michal's story about this fundraising event.
Sarah Margolis is my mother. She contracted cancer in 2012, Nonan Hochkins Lymphoma. During her treatments we experienced the amount of blood doses that cancer patients receive.
During the bone marrow donation with her, we were exposed to another stage - we really ask every family to organize donors of platelets and blood doses. Because if there is a single donor who does it, the platelet dose is better.
Then we discovered in general the huge shortage of blood rations in Israel, of all kinds, especially in the summer - because people are not in workplaces to donate, because people walk around the malls but will not stop donating blood because they are with the children and other reasons.
In the summer of 2014, I celebrated 32 and organized a blood donation at the Magen David blood bank in Tel Hashomer (which turns out to be a separate blood bank in Tel Hashomer and there are different blood systems, of the hospitals and of MDA).
The blood donation was then marked by 32 = heart in gematria, and everyone who came to donate received heart-shaped choppers and a sumptuous breakfast. Of course many of the donors were my mother and friends who came to donate for her.
Less than a month later it unfortunately my mother died of a rare allergic reaction to a platelet dose (one of the blood components) - system failure within 3-4 hours and she was not with us.
Since then, every year we dedicate blood to her. Because she was a person of her actions and community. And we wanted to bring out something positive,
Until a year ago, we would put the indulgence position only on Tel Hashomer and we reached about 30 donors (out of about 40-50 who come but find that not everyone can contribute).
Last year, we made our first stand in Ashkelon, in the community of Eternal Israel, and another 25 donor arrived.
I do not come from the field, I am agronomic at all. I got into it because of my mother and that I was exposed to this world. So every year in June, I start posting, opening an event, sending out watsaps, and hopefully as many people as possible come along. And this year's goal is to increase exposure through the media to bring a greater number of people who will come to donate.
So far Michal's story.
Below is a collection of photos from the exciting fundraising event that took place on 23 / 7 / 2019