Thank You, Klal Yisroel: Petition for Refael Elisha Cohen Reaches 100,000

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rafael-elisha-cohenThe petition to authorize the FDA to grant a compassionate use exemption to Refael Elisha Cohen for Antineoplaston therapy has reached the 100,000 mark, thanks to efforts of Yidden all over the globe.

The Cohen family, of Houston, TX, is facing a battle none of us should have to go through – aggressive brain cancer in their 6-year old son Refael Elisha. Having recently received the devastating news from their doctors that “there is nothing more we can do for him,” the Cohens are turning to a last resort – Antineoplaston Therapy at the Burzyinski clinic. However, the FDA pulled their approval for this treatment in 2012 pending further clinical trials. The FDA is nearing approval to resume this treatment, but Refael Elisha does not have time to wait.

The FDA has the power to approve a “compassionate use exemption” so Refael Elisha can undergo this therapy to try and save his life. 100,000 signatures were needed for the White House to consider this and the 100,000 mark was met a short while ago. The Cohen family is thus asking the FDA to grant this exemption so they can continue to fight for his life.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

16 COMMENTS

  1. I signed the petition.I cry every time I look at the video of the child and his parents.It was a no brainer for me.I hope the therapy works!

  2. We all think we did a mitzvah and are so proud of ourselves, but has anyone looked into this treatment and what the fuss is about? The reason the family needs a petition to get this treatment is because the FDA found no proof that this treatment works and that it may be a huge fraud! The treatment is from a doctor, Dr. Burzynski who opened a clinic for this treatment and so far VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CURED. He claims it helps people but has no scientific studies to prove it.

  3. B’H, the 100,000 petitions are in.
    We all need to say Tehilim and pray that the FDA fulfills this request for Rafael Elisha ben Dvora so he will have a chance for a Refuah Shleimah! Rafael Elisha Meir ben Devorah! May H’ send the right shaliach (Dr. and cure for this innocent beautiful kind! At this point, any, even the slightest chance for a refuah is important.
    In today’s posting of Moshiach is Coming.com where the blogger writes about Rabbi Mansour, there is a ‘click here’ from (forgot name of the Rav) a Rav about another option that might work for this young child. Worthwhile looking at it and maybe someone knows whom to contact.

  4. Dear Sammy 10 we are not ignorant of that controversial clinic. However from the letter it appears at this time there are no options that medicine is offering to the child. Each one of us may decide we do not want to spend money on unproved treatment, but we may also decide we do want to, and the family has obviously chosen that path (they may be seeking the treatment abroad at even higher expense if they don’t get a compassionate authorization) and we should respect that decision. I also assume you believe that HKBH is able to treat diseases with water or with nothing at all, so why should you question that antineoplastons can work? Bottomline, that family is in a situation that, R”L, no one should ever be in. Even if (may the cure be successful) the attempt should be futile, it can be of great comfort to the family that they did whatever they believed it might help, as opposed to the regrets “perhaps” when it is, R”L, too late. It is also not infrequent that thanks to the hope and trust patients put in a treatment after being told “there is nothing else we can do”, their life expectation is improved; how much is worth an extra week of life? What about one day? The value of a single moment of life is infinite.

    I sincerely hope that you and everyone else will only know about those things via internet discussions, and that you have to rely on other people’s word: yes we did a big mitzva, we comforted the family with care and closeness.

  5. Dear Sammy #10 we are not ignorant of that controversial clinic. However from the letter it appears at this time there are no options that medicine is offering to the child. Each one of us may decide we do not want to spend money on unproved treatment, but we may also decide we do want to, and the family has obviously chosen that path (they may be seeking the treatment abroad at even higher expense if they don’t get a compassionate authorization) and we should respect that decision. I also assume you believe that HKBH is able to treat diseases with water or with nothing at all, so why should you question that antineoplastons can work? Bottomline, that family is in a situation that, R”L, no one should ever be in. Even if (may the cure be successful) the attempt should be futile, it can be of great comfort to the family that they did whatever they believed it might help, as opposed to the regrets “perhaps” when it is, R”L, too late. It is also not infrequent that thanks to the hope and trust patients put in a treatment after being told “there is nothing else we can do”, their life expectation is improved; how much is worth an extra week of life? What about one day? The value of a single moment of life is infinite.

    I sincerely hope that you and everyone else will only know about those things via internet discussions, and that you have to rely on other people’s word: yes we did a big mitzva, we comforted the family with care and closeness.

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