Mitzvah Opportunity: Easy (and free for many) opportunity to save lives

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Efrem Epstein

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Nate Geller, a longtime Jewish communal professional (who has both children and cousins, including the poster, who have attended Kehilat Hadar Davening/Programming), is in need of a life-saving blood stem cell donation. In the midst of the pandemic, he was diagnosed with cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and has since started treatment. Thankfully, he seems to be responding to the treatment, but the best way to cure his cancer is to receive a marrow donation.

If you are between the ages of 18-44, you are the perfect candidate to be a blood stem cell donor, and it is free to do. If you are between the ages of 45-60, you can also join the registry but you will be asked to make a $100 donation to cover the cost of the test.

All you need to do is click here, fill out the info form, and Be The Match will send you a swab to return to them in the mail.

You can also text “Hesed” to 61474 to register. This link and code will allow the Geller Family to track (anonymously) how many people register and send in a swab in honor of Nate.

The Geller family is performing their own act of hesed in honor of those who help expand the registry. For every swab sent in to Be the Match using this link and the text code “Hesed” to 61474, the Geller Family will donate $5 to the Equal Justice Initiative (, and for every share of this original Facebook post (, they will donate $1. They will be doing this donation match for a maximum amount of up to $1,000.

You could have the ability to save a person’s life, the ultimate mitzvah (commandment). You could be the match for Nate or someone else in need of a blood stem cell donation.

Oh and if you are not sure whether or not you already in the system, you can call 1-800MARROW2 and in many/most cases they can look up and give you an answer on the spot.