The Drive to Save Wendy

wendEvery day people wake up and hope they will be able to change the world.  Practically speaking it is impossible to change the whole world at once, however we all know how the “Butterfly effect” works, and therefore how every single act of kindness we do is a step closer to making the world a better place.

Last year, I heard something that changed my perspective on the power of the individual entirely.

During a lecture at the International Living Legacy Conference in Washington, DC, Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael (Steinzaltz) said the following: “When one person stamps his foot in protest no one can hear unless they are really close, if ten people stamp their feet it’s a little more audible, if a thousand people stamp their feet together you will be able to feel the ground shake under you, ever so slightly.  If a million people stamp their feet at the same time it will be heard very far, if the whole world, close to seven billion people were to stamp their feet together the whole earth would shake.  That is the power of one human being, to be able to cause so much by one movement, when it’ s accompanied by others.”

Every person at some point or another in his life has dreamed of being a hero.  Especially children.  Whether it be Batman, Superman, or a Fire Fighter, a child dreams to be able to help people in need, to save people’s lives.

We all have this childhood dream still within us, and who would not do anything to save a person’s life, if we only could?  What if I told you all it takes is a cheek swab, and you can be a Hero, you can save a life?

Sir Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give”.

Many volunteers are surprised at how much fun it can be to help others.  Not every volunteer experience is the same, but I guarantee, you have a good chance of having fun while giving time.  There are many benefits that ensure from helping others.  Personal fulfillment, feeling a sense of accomplishment, meeting new people, and contributing to the community.

A community can only be as healthy, vibrant, and active as its members are willing to make it.  Volunteerism significantly improves the quality of life for ourselves and those we assist.

The Talmud states: “Whosoever that saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”

Here is an opportunity to do just that, the impossible, to save the world!  And it all it takes is one cheek swab.

Let me explain.  Approximately 2 weeks ago, I heard the sad story of Wendy.   Wendy Siegel is a dear friend of a GW student, a wonderful woman living in NY.  A few months ago Wendy was diagnosed with Leukemia.  For her to live, she must find a perfect match and get a bone marrow transplant.

Young Professionals of DC, a project of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) and Gather the Jews, have joined together with “The Gift of Life” – a national bone marrow foundation – to run a drive at TheSHUL – Lubavitch Center (Chabad), located at 2110 Leroy Pl NW near Dupont Circle – to get as many people as possible to test if they are a match.

Testing as a potential donor is fast and painless, involving only a simple cheek swab.  That’s it – it takes 3 minutes.

A few days ago, someone wrote the following in response to our Facebook post about The Drive to Save Wendy:

“I am encouraging everyone to either register with the Gift of Life or Be a Match.  The Be A Match saved my life!  I would not be here today, living life to the fullest, without my volunteer donor, thank G-d!  Please be tested as it is a very simple process.  It is truly a great Mitzvah that one can give to another person to save their life!”

His wife immediately commented on his post: “And furthermore it also saves the whole family’s life!”

So what are you waiting for? Here’s your chance to save a life! Who knows if YOU might be the one!!