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HODS Race 2014

Recipients
Whose Lives Were Saved by Organ Donors

Yannai Segal - Liver Recipient

When I was twelve I was diagnosed with end stage liver disease and told I would need a transplant. I was put on a waiting list in New York but waited over ten years until I finally was given the gift of an organ. The wait for an organ is a scary and painful journey. But the gift of an organ is extraordinary and miraculous. In the span of a few weeks, I went from literally being on my death bed to pushing myself like I had never been able to do before. Three months after my transplant my wife and I gave birth to twins. Without the organ donation that I received, I would not have been able to hold, teach, and love my children the way I now do. Saying yes to donating your organs doesn't only help a single person; it helps his or her family, and their community. Please, I urge you to consider being a part of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.

Moshiko - Kidney Recipient

I am now 17 years old but when I was ten my kidneys failed.  I was not doing well on dialysis. When Tani Goodman, an Orthodox Jew, tragically died, his family followed his wishes and donated his organs saving many lives.  I got one of his kidneys.  That only lasted for a few years, but it was long enough to keep me alive until I got a kidney from a living kidney donor, Eric Swimm, through the Halachic Organ Donor Society.  Thank G-d for Tani Goodman and his family.  Thank G-d for Eric Swimm.  And thank G-d for the Halachic Organ Donor Society.

Avigayil Posner - Liver Recipient

My name is Avigail Posner. When I was 34 years old, I needed an emergency liver transplant. If I did not receive a transplant immediately, my husband would no longer have a wife, my children would no longer have a mother and my parents would lose their daughter. Thank G-d, I received my new liver from a 5 year old boy that was killed in a car accident. Through the courage of his parents at the most difficult moment of their lives, seven strangers were given the gift of life. They performed the ultimate mitzvah and I am thankful to them for the rest of my life. We should all be prepared to donate our organs to save life. With my voice I call out to Hashem, and He answers me from His holy mountain. Selah. I lay down and slept; yet I awoke, for Hashem supports me. Tehillim 3:5-6

Sol Steinmetz - Heart Recipient

Sol Steinmetz was a lexicographer, rabbi and author whose opinions on matters semantical, grammatical and etymological were widely sought by the news media. There are hundreds of thousands of words in English, and Mr. Steinmetz seemed to have had his finger on each of them.  Over the years, he edited a spate of dictionaries for various publishers, and was the executive editor of the dictionary division of Random House. Steinmetz was a particular authority on Yiddish, in all its kvetchy beauty.  His books on the subject include “Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America” (University of Alabama, 1986) and “Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish” (Simon & Schuster, 2002; with Payson R. Stevens and Charles M. Levine).  “He never had a bad word to say about anyone,” said Jesse Sheidlower, the editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary and a former protégé, “and he knew a lot of bad words!”