Ramahnik in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant

Nate Geller, a Palmer alum, and a longtime Jewish communal professional, is in need of a life-saving blood stem cell donation. In the midst of the pandemic, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), and has since started treatment. Thankfully, he seems to be responding to the treatment, but the best way to cure his cancer is to receive a marrow donation.

For those wondering how you can help the Geller Family, they have asked us to share a safe, simple, and impactful act of hesed (loving kindness).

If you are between the ages of 18-44, you are the perfect candidate to be a blood stem cell donor, and it is free to do so. If you are between the ages of 45-60, you can also join the registry but you will be asked to make a $100 donation to cover the cost of the test. All you need to do is click here, fill out the info form, and Be The Match will send you a swab to return to them in the mail. You can also text “Hesed” to 61474 to register. This link and code will allow the Geller Family to anonymously track how many people register and send in a swab in honor of Nate.

The Geller family is performing its own act of Hesed in honor of those who help expand the registry. For every swab sent in to Be the Match using this link and the text code “Hesed” to 61474, the Geller Family will donate $5 to the Equal Justice Initiative, and for every share of this original Facebook post, they will donate $1. They will be doing this donation match for a maximum amount of up to $1,000.

You could have the ability to save a person’s life, the ultimate mitzvah. You could be the match for Nate or someone else in need of a blood stem cell donation.

Performing the mitzvah of Pikuah Nefesh – saving a life – is considered the highest form of Kiddush Hashem (the sanctification of God’s name). We hope you will consider joining the registry, and we wish Nate a refuah shleimah (complete healing)!

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