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An exclusive and moving event took place at the home of the Consul General of Israel in New York, Ambassador Dani Dayan, on Monday, April 16. The evening, hosted on behalf of Rachashei Lev, the children’s cancer support center in Israel, was attended by a distinguished group of American supporters.

The evening marked 70 years of Israel’s independence and 30 years of Rachashei Lev’s lifesaving work. The participants were privilegd to have Mr. Tamir Pardo – former Head of the Mossad – as a guest speaker. From the former Mossad chief, the guests heard a fascinating analysis of the current security threats that Israel faces – on the backdrop of past challenges. Mr. Tamir hailed the work of Rachashei Lev saying, “My connection to Rachashei Lev is deep. My public role was to fight for and save people’s lives, and that’s exactly what Rachashei Lev does on a daily basis.”

The event opened with Consul General Dayan introducing the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, who thanked the guests in a video message recorded specially for the event, saying, “I would like to bless and praise both Rachashei Lev for its dedicated and meaningful work and its dear supporters for the help they provide.”

Consul General Dayan said that, “He was proud to open his home to Rachashei Lev, which helps more than 50 percent of pediatric cancer patients in Israel every year, doing its work with perseverance and love.”

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the battle for life begins. Rachashei Lev gives the young cancer warriors and their families the strength and power to win the fight. From turning the oncology ward into a happy place, respite camps, trips, ambulance transportation, to supplying vital medical equipment and making sure children get the best treatments and medication in the world, Rachashei Lev ensures that no challenge is left untackled.

The home of Rachashei Lev is Beit Hayeled – The Children’s House – a 20-suite hotel and activity center for the children and their families, located at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

Irit Ginat, the mother of Roi, shared the miraculous story of her son’s life. As an infant, Roi was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. After endless treatments and numerous surgeries, Roi was left blind, autistic and partially paralyzed. Roi, who lives and breathes music, was thrilled to entertain at the event, demonstrating his phenomenal musical talent. His performance was his way of showing gratitude to Rachashei Lev for all that they had done for him during his long challenge-filled journey.

The evening concluded with a speech by special guest, Jerusalem Post Editor-in- Chief Yaakov Katz. Being personally involved in Rachashei Lev, Mr. Katz commended their life-saving work, saying, “A cancer diagnoses throws your life into turmoil. With Rachashei Lev, the very painful journey turns into a more bearable one.” He added, “Medicine can take the illness out of a child, but Rachashei Lev takes the child out of the illness.”

About Rachashei Lev
Starting in 1989, Rachashei Lev has grown to become the leading force in battling pediatric Cancer in Israel. Every year, approximately 500 children and their families, benefit from the wide range of Rachashei Lev’s medical and support activities. Working hand-in- hand with the world’s leading doctors, Rachashei Lev impacts the lives of over 50% of cancer-stricken children in Israel every year.
From the moment of diagnosis Rachashei Lev steps in and accompanies the families, restoring joy and hope into lives devastated by illness. It is no wonder Rachashei Lev has received numerous awards from Israeli government officials and world-leader recognition.

Rachashei Lev
Simcha Regal
Tel: 718-749- 7757
E-mail: [email protected]


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