May 25, 2009

Save a life: Marrow Drive at Netivot Shalom on Sunday, June 14, 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Dear Chevreh,

I'm writing you with an urgent request.  There is a member of our community, a devoted husband and father of two young girls, Jon Galinson, who is battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Jon's best hope for a cure is a stem cell transplant.  I'm inviting your community to cosponsor this Marrow Drive taking place at Netivot Shalom on Sunday, June 14, 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  Cosponsoring only entails spreading the word.  You can, of course, also choose to contirbute to the expense of the registry, but this is not our expectation.  Please help us find a match for Jon and for thousands like him by coming to our drive and joining the national donor registry.   (There is also going to be a "Be the Match" registry at the Israel in the Gardens Festival, Sunday, June 7 at Yerba Buena Gardens. please join me in registering yourselves.

You can help save the life of a member of our Bay Area Jewish community.   Attached, please find both a useful BLURB for circulation (also pasted below in this email), as well as a PDF flyer.  If you can help us by committing to spread the word, please RSVP to Jane Sperling Wise at or on her cell: 415-305-7224.  Jane is spearheading a team of hopeful friends, and will be the best help in this process.

My thanks, chevreh, for considering this urgent act of Piku'ach Nefesh, of Saving a Life.

WHEN:          Sunday, June 14, 1:00 – 6:00 pm (Children's Music with Melita at 4:30)
WHERE:        Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley
HOW:            Fill out a medical questionnaire and do a simple cheek swab. A donation of $25 or more toward the cost of testing is greatly appreciated but not required. 
WHO:            Patients need donors who are between the ages of 18 and 60, in good general health, and are willing to donate to any patient in need.

If you are unable to attend this donor drive, you can join the Be the Match Registry at the Israel in the Gardens Festival, Sunday, June 7 at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Or, become a donor online by going to When asked to provide a promo code, please type in JonGalinson.  **If you use the promo code, the price is reduced from $52 to $25.

For more information about the drive, please see attached flyer. For more information about becoming a donor, visit or call 1-800-MARROW.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

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