Feb 29 2012
My dad, doing the cheek swab.
In the past month or so, we’ve been talking a lot about bone marrow donation after the unthinkable happened: 2-year-old Ayelet Galena died from a bone marrow disease. Jordana Horn wrote a beautiful piece about the call to action this tragedy spurred on, expressing how important it was for all of us to join the registry of marrow donors, to not let this happen again. After I read her piece, I clicked on over to the registry website, looked around, thought about signing up, but just… didn’t. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 1 2012
Two-year-old Ayelet Galena died early Tuesday morning. When I found out, I cried. I cried for the death of a little girl I’d never met, and for her parents and family. And I cried because I had not done enough.
When she was only a year old, Ayelet was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disease. She received a bone marrow transplant in August. Her brave, incredible parents, Hindy and Seth, blogged each step of the way. In doing so, they let readers into their unimaginable world, and did so with grace, humor, and dignity.
And now she is gone. Read the rest of this entry →
Jan 31 2012
Ayelet Yakira Galena, Z"L.
About a year ago, I wrote to you all with a plea–please help my friend’s baby daughter, Ayelet. I explained that she had a disease that attacks bone marrow, and she desperately needed a transplant. Ayelet did have a transplant, at the end of August, but after months of hospitalization, this morning it proved to not be enough to save her life. As is said, baruch dayan haemet–blessed is the true Judge. My heart is breaking for her family. Read the rest of this entry →