Compatible bone marrow donor sought for girl, 6, with leukemia

The voluntary organization Ezer Mizion is holding a drive on Wednesday for blood samples to find a compatible donor for a six-year-old Kfar Saba girl with leukemia patient named Amit. Those between 18 and 50 years old and in good health who have never donated a sample to any bone marrow registry are invited for give a small sample to see whether they have a compatible type for stem cell transplants. Not only might Amit benefit, but also other cancer sufferers in Israel and around the world, especially Jews who have related tissue types. Thousands of new potential stem cell donors are expected to join Ezer Mizion's registry. The organization is also raising money to process the blood samples, each of which costs NIS 180. Donations can be made and more information is obtainable from the Web site at The union of Jewish Agency staffers announced Tuesday that it is donating NIS 18,000 to process 100 samples. Union head Yona Bezaleli and Jewish Agency chairman Ze'ev Bielski asked all staffers to join the product and find a compatible donor for Amit.