This morning, Israeli mother of 7 Rebbetzin Madar flew to China, in hopes of alleviating some of the stifling pain of ALS. Having been diagnosed just six months ago, the Rebbetzin is already unable to speak or move.
Her 7 children are understandably living in a state of shock, as their mother has been reduced to an unrecognizable low.
Thousands of ALS sufferers have flocked to China for stem cell treatments, and seen miraculous results. The possibility of being treated in China has provided a new life for many who were otherwise told there was no hope.
However the stem cell treatment which could save Rebbetzin Madar’s life costs an inconceivable $30,000. The family lives quite modestly as is, and could not possibly cover the costs. They are unwilling, however, to give up on their hope that one day their mother could speak and walk again. That is why they have started an emergency fund, with the help and backing of tzedaka organization Kupat Ha’Ir and crowdfunding site The Chesed Fund. Kupat Ha’Ir’s rabbinical council have called upon klal yisroel to take part in this urgent matter of life and death.
A video released by the Rebbetzin’s son, Elazar, is almost too painful to watch. The young man visibly chokes back tears as he begs watchers to value his mother’s life.
The Madar family are watching with bated breath to see if their fundraising campaign can help their mother to afford her treatments. In the meantime 7 children live in fear.