Canadian Jewish News | Jennifer M. MacLeod
TORONTO — “I am a very lucky lady, I am a miracle,” Chaya Levinson says.
The 57-year-old nurse, mother and grandmother might have died of kidney disease six years ago if not for Mindy Halper, a fellow nurse but near-stranger who offered one of her two healthy kidneys.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly,” Levinson said at Beth Tzedec Congregation on May 22.
Yes! You Can Donate! was the theme of an evening on “Jewish Perspectives on Organ Donation” and sponsored, in part, by National Council of Jewish Women, Toronto section, which has taken on the challenge of registering 200 new donors from the Jewish community.
Levinson, Halper and other speakers offered halachic, statistical and emotional views on the current organ crisis in Ontario. Some 1,500 people here desperately await organ donors, said Versha Prakash of the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), and although one donor can save up to eight lives and enhance 75 others, someone dies needlessly every three days waiting for an organ.
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