“I began to lose hope that Abdallah would get medical care, until you all made it a reality. Thank you, from deep within a mother’s heart, a heart which is filled with pain for her son.”
Last Friday morning, Jen Marlowe, her friend, Fadi, from Gaza, and I launched an internet-based fundraising campaign to raise money for 6 year-old Abdallah Abu Kash. In it, we stressed the fact that with treatment for his rare (and not yet fully understood) lung condition, it is likely that Abdallah will be able to live a relatively normal life, but without proper treatment, he might die. We asked for $5,000 to cover cover the initial rounds of testing at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. Within less than 24 hours, tens (and later hundreds) of people from all over the world had given, and we reached the initial fundraising goal — and then quickly surpassed it by over $8,300. I had the privilege of spending time with Abdallah and his mother in the hospital this past Sunday and Tuesday, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to get to spend time with them, and for the fact that Abdallah was able to get all of the tests he needed for now (he is scheduled to return to the hospital in a month for more testing). I am still processing all that this has been. In the meantime, though, I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude to every single person who donated, shared the campaign, send words of support or helped out in any way. For those who would still like to give, the fundraising page is still live, and every dollar given will go to cover ongoing testing and treatment.