Idan's Story

Idan Steiner was just like any girl her age; she loved playing with her friends, having fun and going out for pizza. Unfortunately, tragedy struck a few months later when she was diagnosed with CML (chronic leukemia), a type of cancer where a stem cell transplant is generally indicated in the treatment protocol. This information plunged her and her family into a nightmare they never believed they would ever experience; knowing that Idan’s life depended on the stem cell donation of a stranger they were not sure they would find was a daunting and terrifying prospect. The questions were many – where would they find a donor? How long did they have to find one? What would the process entail? But there was one question with a more uncertain answer than any other. Would Idan survive?

Idan’s family turned to Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry in an effort to save her life. A search for a matching donor was begun immediately, and the suspense grew daily as the database was searched from top to bottom for the donor who would save Idan’s life. Hopes were raised and dashed in the process, an emotional rollercoaster which swept her whole family along with it. After an exhaustive search, the incredible news came – a match had been found for Idan!

Five months after she was diagnosed, Idan was prepared to undergo the operation which would save her life. The pre-operation anxieties were of course present, but the overwhelming emotion was that of hope, and relief that a donor had been found on the Ezer Mizion Registry. The operation was a total success, and Idan was cured of her leukemia.

A year later Idan was ready to meet the woman who had saved her life. Rinat Kliger, a 29 year old mother and teacher was that woman, and she too was preparing for what she knew would be an extremely emotional meeting between them. As the time came closer for their meeting, Idan grew nervous; what do you say to someone who has saved your life?

Rinat entered the room with her husband, and immediately began to cry at the sight of the girl whose life she had saved, a girl who now looked like any other healthy girl her age. Idan’s family were also overcome with emotion at meeting the woman who had given Idan a fresh opportunity at life; there was an instant bond between them, and both parties came away with the feeling that they had gained new members of their families.

Today, lively Idan is at the top of her class, together with her twin sister. They both have active social lives and love slumber parties. Idan’s hair has completely grown back all the way down to her waist! Ezer Mizion was able to give her back her life, a life which she is living with an appreciation of the fact that she was given another chance.