You Can Change the World--
We Can Show You How--
I am smiling as I write this message because I am kvelling over the many successful Fall programs of the Greater Detroit Chapter. expertly chaired by Carol Ogusky and Dorothy Collens was a complete success. Immediately following Opening Meeting, Lauren Bruss and a multitude of volunteers, prepared for our annual Rummage Sale. It takes an enormous amount of time, planning, energy, patience and strength to make this grassroots fundraiser come to fruition. We also had several productive telethons that were manned by a team of dedicated volunteers. It takes “a village” of members in order to help accomplish our mission.
It makes me kvell when I think about how Hadassah makes a difference in our world. During our Chapter’s recent Mission to Israel at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Orly Elpeleg, Pediatrician and Director of the Metabolic Disease Unit. She has dedicated her life to unraveling the mysteries of childhood metabolic disorders. These genetically inherited, progressive and often fatal disorders are among the most devastating pediatric conditions. She shared a recent success story about a family who had lost one child to an unknown disease and was seeing the disease occurring in their other children. After genetic testing, Dr. Elpeleg’s team discovered that the children were missing an enzyme and with proper treatment they recovered from their condition.
During the recent forest fires north of Haifa many people were severely burned. Once stabilized, they will receive skin grafts at our hospital in Ein Kerem, the home of Israel’s National Skin Bank.
I also felt proud that Hadassah doctors, an operating room nurse and Dudi the clown were among the personnel that helped the IDF set up a tent hospital after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This was the only operating theater for the first two weeks. After setting up the hospital equipment, the doctors worked 36 hours straight, operating on more than 70 patients and treating countless others. A grateful mother named her newborn son Israel in appreciation of the help she received from our doctors.
We can all feel pride in what we are accomplishing locally and in Israel. I look forward to the future endeavors and successes of Hadassah in 2011. With YOU, our devoted and generous members, our projects and doctors will continue to make a difference. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Whether you are a volunteer or a donor, todah robah for all YOU do for Hadassah.