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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 It happens with lightning speed... There's no time to think or react. A bullet whizzes through the air. A bomb explodes• Everything goes black. This is a direct report (with additions by me) from Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans (FIDV) - Beit Halochem: "After the initial silence, sirens scream, medics spring into action, helicopters whir overhead. And a young (Israeli) person, often barely 18, is rushed to a hospital. It is the way of life for soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and for all Israelis. It is the nightmare they face every day. After the surgeries and painful treatments, it is Beit Halochem that takes over.•• to heal, provide therapies, offer a comforting shoulder, lift a broken spirit. The men and women of the Israel Defense Forces serve their country with courage and dedication. Because of them, there is an Israel for all of us. They are Israel's first line of defense, a responsibility they face with inordinate bravery• The debt of gratitude that we in the greater Jewish world owe them is inestimable• We also owe a never-ending debt of gratitude to all the courageous Israelis who, by simply living in Israel, hold fast to this tiny land especially to those who have been seriously injured in violent acts of terror. Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans (FIDV) and Beit Halo- chem (House of Warriors) are committed to caring for Israeli service men and women who have been wounded in the line of duty and who are now disabled• Belt Halochem's centers in Israel provide therapeutic and recreational facilities to help these young people re-enter life after suffering traumatic injuries• The goal is to enable them to resume lives of meaning, purpose and dignity no matter the extent or nature of their disabilities, each to his or her own capacity• Disabilities are bitter pills to swallow, even when you know the cause for which you fight is right• So FIDV is there• To help them understand how deeply their sacrifices are appreciated, how much responsibility all Jews feel to ensure that they are able to go on with life, how much we all are committed to aiding them in finding meaningful futures•" There are Beit Halochem Centers throughout Israel with more to come• A Center for rest and convalescence opened in Nahariya in 1958; A Center opened in Tel Aviv in 1974; One opened in Haifa in 1986; Jerusalem's Center opened in 1994; Beer Sheva's Center opened in 2011 and a new center is being built in Ashdod. These Centers offer physical therapy, rehabilitative therapy, hydrotherapy, research and medicine, creative activities, family-oriented programming, games and competitions. If you want to donate to this worthy cause, you can phone FIDV- Beit Halochem toll free at 1-888-880-4387 or go online request information at their to www.fidv.org. You can also email address: info@fidv.org. Speaking of courage... When the beautiful maga- zine Orange Appeal came out with their September/ October, 2012 issue, I was delighted to see some very well known faces from our Jewish community. Their photos (among other survi- vors) were accompanied by their stories of survival and triumph. My friend, JUDY GODO- ROV, brought the magazine to my attention and even brought me a copy. I spoke personally with each of these women. Here are their sto- ries.., brought to you with their permission: Judy Godorov Judy, a retired teacher, is a 13 year breast cancer survivor. She says: "I retired from teaching kindergarten in '99 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a big surprise. I had surgery followed by radiation and I have been cancer free since then. Although my official diagnosis was quite scary, through the help of my daughters and my doctors, I was able to think through the big decisions and felt confident with my course of treatment. I am thrilled to be healthy and cancer free! I have been volunteering in kindergarten ever since as an addition in the Orange County School System for the past 13 years. I was in the 'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer' walk and raised money for them, and I have knitted over 200 hats for Give Kids The World. My job is feeding the homeless at the Homeless Coalition on Hughey Street. I play a lot of tennis and volunteer in Eatonville helping boys and girls learn tennis." (Judy is improving the lives of manywith her unselfishness. I am very proud of her!) LYNN MINKOW, a consultant with the ETCETERA collec- tion, was diagnosedwith breast cancer in January of 2012. She said: "I found the lump during a self-examinaNon. I feel so fortunate to have found it rather than waiting for my annual mammogram. I'm sure that the cancer would have advanced from more advanced stages of cancer. Three months after my lumpectomy, I returned to Ashtanga yoga. Five months after the surgery, I went to Machu Pichu and went paragliding offa cliff (thanks to the suggestion of Heather Snively, another survivor!) A positive attitude and loving friends and family are what helps one get through dif- ficult situations. After cancer news, I intend to embrace life and work on that bucket list. I feel truly blessed that my cancer was caught so early and that it truly is only a Lynn Minkow 'lump in the road.'" (I've been meaning to make up a bucket list.., but where to begin?) GAY HARRISON, a jewelry designer with Gay Harri- son Handcrafted Couture Jewelry, is a five year breast cancer survivor. This is her story: "As the saying goes, 'God laughs while you're making plans!' The date was Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, one week to the day before I had planned to leave on a long planned trip of a lifetime to Bangkok and Kathmandu to hike the Himalayas. I had lost Gay Harrison 40 pounds, changed my diet, exercised regularly, only to discover I would be healing from cancer rather than hiking the Himalayas. Being diagnosed with cancer was somewhat of a 'circle of life' experience for me as my mother had died of thoracic cavity cancer in 2002. That year I had taken some of her costume jewelry to a local bead bar to repurpose her crystals into a necklace to wear to a party. It was at that moment I found my passion in life and a therapeutic way to grieve the loss of my morn. Today, 10 years later, my business is thriving and philanthropically driven in memory of my mother and in honor of my surviving cancer." (Judy, Lynn and Gay... bless them. How honored I feel to tell their stories. May they enjoy happiness and good health for the rest of their days.) A Walk In The Park"... On Sunday, Oct. 28, the Jewish Pavilion is sponsoring "A Walk In The Park," beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. This exciting event will take place "rain or shine" and will feature a Health Fair and Community Expo. You still have time to become a vendor or sponsor (three levels) for this fun and informative event. Proceeds from "A Walk In The Park" will enhance the lives of our community's elders through activities and com- panionship. As you know, the Jewish Pavilion is a substitute family for many lonely seniors. For more details, call NANCY LUDIN, executive director, at 407-678-9363 or go online to nancyludin@jewishpavilion.org. (I will give you a reminder as the event gets closer). The Jewish Federation "Mensch of the Week"... IS ME! (Well... actually, it's all of us.) I received an email from DANA KAREN and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando: "This week, we feature each and every one of you for the good deeds you do, the passion you have for Judaism and the faith you have in yourself and our community. As you each reflect on the past year, the good and the bad, we commend your courage. It's difficult to admit wrongs, make amends and ask forgiveness. And it's with great responsibility we each look forward to a new year in hopes of being a better Jew. L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year). One for the road... Ben Cohen had been drinking at a pub all night• The bar- tender finally said that the bar was closing• So Ben stood up to leave and fell fiat on his face. He tried to stand one more time; same result. Ben figured he'll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that would sober him up. Once outside, Ben stood up but fell fiat on his face again. So he decided to crawl the 4 blocks to his home. When he arrived at the door, Ben stood up and again fell fiat on his face. He crawled through the door and into his bedroom• When he reached his bed Ben tried one more time to stand up. This time he managed to pull himself upright, but he quickly fell right into bed and fell sound asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow• He was awakened the next morning to his wife, Yetta, standing over him, shouting, "So, you've been out drinking past stage 1 if I had waited for the mammogram. I happily again!" "What makes you say that?" Ben asked, putting on share my story with anyone to underscore how important it an innocent look. Yetta replied "The pub ca!]edByou left is to do self-examinations and in hopes that it helps others your wheelchair there again." .... 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