Or Yosipov 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Eighteen shopping malls around the country will later this month ask visitors to
give a saliva sample to find a compatible bone marrow donor for a
12-and-a-half-year-old boy, Or Yosipov, who suffers from leukemia.
Kanyonei Yisrael group will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, February
28, to collect the samples, which are collected on a little stick from the
inside of the mouth the same way a throat culture is taken. A spokesman said it
is doing the campaign as a public service.
Or was first diagnosed with
the blood cancer at the age of five. He was treated as a little boy with
aggressive chemotherapy for three years; this caused him many side effects and
much suffering, but he went into remission. The disease returned, requiring more
aggressive treatment, his doctors said. Chemotherapy is not enough; instead, he
needs a bone marrow transplant from a compatible donor. So far, a suitable match
was not found in databanks in Israel or abroad.
Healthy people aged 18 to
55 are invited to give a sample. Anyone who is already registered in an Israeli
bone marrow databank need not undergo the test.
The shopping centers
where saliva samples will be taken are: Grand Canyon in Haifa; Canyon Nahariya;
Dodge Center in Nazareth; Canyon Lev Hadera; Canyon Hasharon in Netanya; Canyon
Merom in Ramat Gan; Canyon Hagiva in Givat Shmuel; Big Canyon and Canyon Sirkin
in Petah Tikva; Honim Konim in Rishon Lezion, Canyon Rehovot; Outlook at the
Bilu Center; Canyoter in Ness Ziona; Canyon Lev in Ashdod; Canyon Hadar in
Jerusalem; Canyon Harel in Mevaseret Zion; Canyon Adumim in Ma’aleh Adumim; and
Canyon Queen of Sheba in Eilat.
The data will be stored in the bone
marrow databank at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem
and shared to help others suffering from cancer and other disorders who require