Thousands of patients in Israel today must personally and immediately finance special treatments, medication and urgent operations, all of which are not covered by public healthcare. Treatment costs can run to hundreds of thousands of shekels.
Chaverim helps hundreds of families a year. We help these families raise funds by publicizing their need to our community and through our media connections.
100% of all donations are made directly to the funds opened by Chaverim, and donations are tax deductible.
Manshouk is a 65 mother of two. The cancer has returned and Manshouk now needs expensive surgery, costing 42,000 NIS to fixate her spine. In addition she will be needing expensive treatments.
Osnat Zohar Lahav, a 45 mother of two, was diagnosed with liver cancer, metastasized to her lungs.Her doctors recommend she begin treatment with Erbitux, a drug which isn't included in her drug basket, and therefore must be purchased privately.
The cost of her monthly treatment is 14,150 NIS!
Ruth Haviv, 67 years old, was diagnosed nearly one year ago with metastasized lung cancer. The biological treatment she'd received became ineffective, and her doctors are now recommending she begin using Tagrisso.
The cost of treatment is 24,000 NIS per month!
23-year old Miri was diagnosed with metastasized liposarcoma. She underwent very difficult treatments, and her doctors currently believe that in order to save her life, she must receive two medicines that aren't provided by her HMO. Every cycle of treatment costs 160,000 NIS.
16-year old Lihi has been struggling with cancer since she was 13. The cancer struck both her eyes, and her doctors now claim that her the only option to save her eyes is by administering a medicine now provided by her HMO. The cost of the medicine is 40,000 NIS per month.
Ricky, only two years old, was born with severe defects in both her eyes. Her left eye has recently developed white scar tissue, which is causing her to turn blind in that eye. Ricky's parents were advised to urgently fly the child to the U.S. for an operation to save her vision.
The operation's cost is estimated at $18,790..
30-year old Ellen was diagnosed with leukemia. She must urgently receive a bone marrow transplant, estimated at 300,000 NIS.
The procedure is Ellen's only chance of survival, and will enable her, and her husband Michael, to raise their children together.
Yasmin Talmon-Gebel, 57 year old mother of 5 was diagnosed last summer, with metastasized intestinal cancer. In preparation for imminent surgery, Yasmin left for a 2-week treatment at the clinic of Dr. Isaac Eliaz in California. The treatments will prepare her immune system and strengthen her body for the operation. The cost of the treatment and expenses is $50,000.
Orly Ferber, 38 mother of two needs an urgent, life-saving heart and liver transplant in the US. Such operations are impossible to undergo in Israel due to lack of local experience.
The cost of the operation is $694,000.
Timmy is only one year old and has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma-type cancer.
Timmy receives private and expensive treatments as well as radiation. He now must undergo surgery, and his family must raise $56,000 for treatments.
7-year old Alexander was diagnosed with severe epilepsy. During an epileptic seizure, Sasha loses consciousness, falls down and often hurts himself. A hospital in Barcelona agreed to go through with an operation that would stop the dangerous seizures. After the operation, Alexander would be able to develop like a child of his age.
The cost of surgery is 300,000 NIS. The operation will finally give Alexander a chance of living a normal life.
Josh and Benny, 16 months and 5 months old, born with Canavan Disease, an unspeakably cruel, devastating disease. The children are planned to undergo a first-of-its-kind brain surgery to repair the damage in their brains. After huge fundraising efforts, another $150,000 are still needed for the operation, scheduled for April 2019.
16-month-old baby Adele was born with a cancerous growth in her head. She requires expensive treatments costing tens of thousands of Shekels in order to save her life.
Yosef Shemesh, a 48-year old married father of two, was diagnosed 18 months ago with a rare type of lung cancer. Immunotherapy treatment greatly improved his condition, and his doctors have sent samples from his lung abroad for advanced genetic testing to match specific medicines to his condition.
The testing and matching are very expensive and must be done private. Their cost is 129,000 NIS.
Amit Mimran, 6 years old, was diagnosed two years ago with a rare cancer, retinoblastoma, in her left eye. Amit underwent chemotherapy, a series of operations and injections of chemio into her eye. She must now fly once again for treatment at the Memorial Hospital in the US. The cost of treatments is $100,000.
8-year old Mohammed suffers from severe primary immune deficiency syndrome - and his four limbs were amputated following an invasive virulent infection. Residing at Sheba Hospital from the age of 6 months, only his grandfather is at his side. Today he needs daily care, treatments and long-term rehabilitation. His grandfather needs your support to cover his ongoing medical and daily needs, which are expected to last for years.
3.5 year old Kiril was diagnosed two weeks ago with glioma brain cancer, after losing weight and severe vomiting. Kiril is now fed via a zonda feeding tube in parallel to chemotherapy treatments, with the hope that he will gain weight. His doctors are recommending a life-saving treatment. The treatment is private and expensive: $100,000.
6-year old Alex was diagnosed in 2016 neuroblastoma-type cancer.
Alex underwent surgery to remove the cancer, followed by a series of chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplant.
He is currently undergoing expensive, life-saving treatments that help save his life, costing hundreds of thousands of Shekels.
Eliahu Negel, a 61 year old veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, married father of 3, was diagnosed 8 months ago with ALS.
Eliahu arrived at hospital after losing sensations in his fingers. Since his diagnosis, his situation has deteriorated.
His doctors have recommended use of the drug Radicut, a medicine approved by the FA in the United States, but not included in the Israeli health basket. Eliahu must therefore purchase the medicine privately.
The cost of a 3-month treatment is 39,000 NIS.
Yulia, 44 years old, was widowed 18 months ago, when her husband received a sudden heart attack. She is raising their son on their own. Last November Yulia was found to have cancer of the uterus. She must undergo surgery to remove her uterus and additional internal organs. The operation must be privately funded.
The cost of the operaiton is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Shani Magriso, 30 years old, was diagnosed in 2013 with a 14 cm large cancerous growth in her liver. Her left lobe was removed, she underwent a liver transplant as well as removal of infected lymph nodes. Six months later, the cancer returned. Despite all treatments, her condition worsened. She was recommended the drug Opdivo , which is expensive and isn't included in her health basket.
The monthly cost of Opdivo is 24,000 NIS.
Tsofia D., 41, was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer. Lately her situation has deteriorated and she's been recommended treatment with Ibrance (palbociclib).
The monthly cost of the medicine is estimated at 27,500 NIS per month.
David, 2 years old was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).
His doctors now recommend he undergo an expensive and complex surgery to remove the infected muscle. The cost of this private operation is $45,000.
Svetlana Michilonik, 71 year old mother of 2 and grandmother of 7, was diagnosed with a cancerous growth on her tongue. She underwent an operation to remove the growth along with a large part of her tongue and inner mouth.
Svetlana's treating physician has recommended a life-saving treatment. The cost of the immunology medication is estimated at 40,000 NIS every three weeks.
Malka Tsartakov, 5 years old, was diagnosed 8 months ago with a rare autoimmune disease that has left her with damaged cerebral and cognitive abilities. Malka was recommended neuro and movement therapy. Daily therapy lead to significant improvement after only two weeks. Malka's therapy is private and expensive, and she will be needing 500 treatments during the upcoming two years.
Anna Ponomarev, 21 years old, was diagnosed at the age of 21 months with sarcoma cancer. At the age of 15, the sarcoma returned and her right leg was amputated above her knee. Six months ago the sarcoma returned, this time to her jawbone. The drug Keytruda, not currently in her medical basket, was found to be very effective in treating her recurrent sarcomas condition, with an 80% estimated success rate.Treatment with Keytruda amounts to 16,800 NIS a month, which Anna has no way to fund.
Ronit was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer. Her children were recently transferred to her family, as she can no longer care for them due to her health and economic situation. The cancer has now reached her bones. According to her doctors, Ronit must be flown for life-saving treatment at a German medical center that specializes in cases like hers. The cost of treatment is 300,000 NIS.
Esther Zehavi, a 52-year old mother of a young girl, was diagnosed recently with intestinal cancer, which recently spread to her liver. Her doctors have suggested use of the biological drug 'Keytruda', which may save her life. The cost of the drug is 40,000 NIS per month. The treatment is recommended for six months.
Vered Birenbaum, a 5-year old mother of 4 from Modiin, was diagnosed in 2013 with stage 2 breast cancer. Following operations in Israel and abroad, Vered's life was saved.
Following surgery, Vered is now struggling with massive rehabilitation of her oral cavity, due to the extensive damage wrought on her teeth and gums. For this treatment, she needs 100,000 NIS.