Friday, February 3, 2012

Honoring Ayelet

A friend on Facebook posted a link to this column about Ayelet Galena, a little girl whose fight for life captured the attention of thousands of people and led many to register as potential bone marrow donors.

I hadn't heard about Ayelet -- I noticed the Facebook story because I've been on the bone marrow donor registry for years. Simple truth: With all the data inputs we receive every day, we hone in on topics that relate to us personally.

The column, a tribute Eleanor Goldberg wrote after Ayelet's death this week, is beautiful. I encourage you to read it, to register as a bone marrow donor, and to appreciate that life is a gift. Here's an excerpt:

Ayelet's grandfather remarked in his eulogy of the absence of words to describe the tragedy of his granddaughter's death. There's a term for a child who loses his parents, a husband who loses a wife. There is no word in the English language to describe what it is for a parent to lose a child.

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