Tandem Online | Simona GiacobbiYael was just nine years old when she lost her brother Yoni, Scottish of Jewish origins, in a suicide murder on a Tel Aviv bus. Khaled was 13 when his 12-year-old brother Ahmed, born in Jenin, was killed by accident on November 5, 2005 by an Israeli soldier.
Two similar stories. Two broken families. Two acts of love. Two gestures of generosity. The Jesner and Khatib families decided to donate Yoni and Ahmed’s organs, saving other human lives. One of Yoni’s kidneys went to a Palestinian child in east Jerusalem, Yasmin Abu Ramila. His liver, other kidney and pancreas were also donated to three Israelis.
Ahmed’s organs saved four Jews and two Israelis. Receiving Ahmed’s heart was 12-year-old Israeli Samah. She had been waiting for a transplant for five years.
Yael and Khaled will raise the Torch of Life on June 19 for what will be the finish line of the Register Now-Ontario Torch of Life 2012 Relay tour which, on that day, will have touched on 75 cities over 110 days. The campaign was created and promoted by George Marcello – founder of the Step by Step association – with the aim of registering 5 million Ontarians online as organ and tissue donors. So far, 2.4 million have registered.
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