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25

Mar

If you find yourself in NYC on Sunday March 30, 2014 - swing by Congregation Ohab Zedek (OZ) - Annual Blood Drive in memory of Ayelet.
OZ was one of the conerstone shuls who helped get the word out about Ayelet needing a transplant in 2011 and were instrumental in setting up bone marrow drives for us. They continue their amazing efforts with this blood drive annually to remember our Ayelet.
Thank you OZ, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, and the Upper West Side Community for continuing on these acts of kindess in memory and in the name of our little Ayelet. 
Sunday, March 30th ~Congregation Ohab Zedek~ 118 West 95th Street (btw amsterdam and columbus) Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Bais Medrash
If you want to volunteer or help out please contact the OZ office. 

 

If you find yourself in NYC on Sunday March 30, 2014 - swing by Congregation Ohab Zedek (OZ) - Annual Blood Drive in memory of Ayelet.

OZ was one of the conerstone shuls who helped get the word out about Ayelet needing a transplant in 2011 and were instrumental in setting up bone marrow drives for us. They continue their amazing efforts with this blood drive annually to remember our Ayelet.

Thank you OZ, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, and the Upper West Side Community for continuing on these acts of kindess in memory and in the name of our little Ayelet. 

Sunday, March 30th 
~Congregation Ohab Zedek~ 
118 West 95th Street (btw amsterdam and columbus) 
Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm 
Bais Medrash

If you want to volunteer or help out please contact the OZ office. 

 

17

Mar

Thanks to Aunt Yael Galena for running her first half marathon in memory of Ayelet. Always amazing to see us all somehow keep moving, gettingup, and choosing life. Thank you Yael for inspiring us all. 

Thanks to Aunt Yael Galena for running her first half marathon in memory of Ayelet. Always amazing to see us all somehow keep moving, gettingup, and choosing life. Thank you Yael for inspiring us all. 

30

Jan

January 31 - 2 Years.

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On January 31, 2012, two years ago today, Ayelet passed away. We lost our little fighter. Our sweet little ball of fun. Mrs. Miss, cowie mcow. At times it feels more like two days ago.

What we witnessed, what occurred, still seems shocking. The magnitude of the loss our child to us, still children ourselves, doesn’t make any sense. That final night comes back in vivid detail. How the hell could this happen?  

And what were feelings of grief and mourning, turn to numbness then anger, rage, sadness.  The waves of emotions come in and out like the endless tide.  

Memories wash over us with such a bittersweet taste, remembering her, and those who stood up for our daughter, so proud, and then without notice, a deep loneliness drifts in, leaving us, bereft, alone.

Childless. 

She’s not there. Gone baby gone.

People often ask how we survived, and I always answer bluntly: 
We didn’t.

We, for good or bad, are not the same. Like all who experience trauma, this is our new normal. 

Too heavy for one heart to bare, to comprehend, to fathom. Luckily, we have a world of connected strangers behind us - Ayelet Nation, you, who will not let us forget the brut force of life that was little Ayelet. You witnessed this. You felt her impact.

You heard her cry. Our cry.

And so we ask you to help us not forget the inspiration of Ayelet Yakira. Our dearest deer. 2 years after our 2 year old was returned. Taken. 

A child whose body was born broken, yet somehow she was able to make us whole. She reminded us to dig deep - we have more within us, as individuals and as a community, that we can get up when knocked way down, we can go another final round.   

She’d want us to get up, to live more vividly. Like in the flick Rocky ‘Get up you son of a bitch ‘cause Mickey loves you’. (I replace Mickey with Ayelet.)   Take action and choose to give it your all. Ayelet reminded us that we all have a superhero uniform underneath our regular everyday garb, just waiting to be unleashed.  She ripped off the regular.

So if you have a moment today please shed a tear, a prayer, a thought, a wish to remember the little girl who loved nothing more than a day of stickers, straws and smiles. She, I am sure is smirking down on us, getting a kick out of just how much her story, her past, is still so very present in our lives. 

Let the unstoppable tears of two years ago, drive us to become unstoppable human beings.  

If you use the hashtag #MissingAyelet it will add your message to the Ayelet Mosiac here:

Remebering Ayelet Mosiac: http://apps.hyperactivate.com/games/preview_new/52eacde17faad?width=800&height=805

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22

Dec

Learning about life while experiencing death

Some nice quotes about Ayelet Nation….”It’s all about what these kids teach us about life.”http://www.timesofisrael.com/parents-who-blog-about-their-terminally-ill-children/

12

Nov

The Forward 50: The Girl Who Broke Your Heart - A Year Later...

03

Nov

Ayele’ts uncle Isaac Galena is running the New York City Marathon today in memory of our dearest deer, little Ayelet.

As they say at siyums, ‘Anu Ratzim, V;haim Ratzim’ in this case seems most are running for good causes. Give him strength and stamina Ayelet!

If you are in the New York City area, come out to cheer him on! We will be at 96 and 1st at around 2pm and then at 96th and 5th at around 3PM.

 Go Isaac Go! 

29

Sep

Since we were in town (Cincinnati) for the holiday, we went back to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the first time since her passing. Nearly 1.5 years later. 

We were pretty prepared emotionally, that is, until the nurse who greeted us was the very nurse who shaved Ayelet’s head when her hair began to fall out. Tears. Then so many familiar nurses faces greeted us through the halls.  

The reason we went back is - through the generous donations to the hospital in her memory, a photo exhibit was setup throughout the transplant floor of photos of kids who have gone through transplant, as a way to give those going through it - hope.One of the nurses is actually the photographer as well. Pretty powerful to see. 

Ayelet’s photo is also there, in front of her old room, with a choice quote “Though she be but little, she is fierce”.

28

May

By the Sea' was a a song that Grandma Rita sang to Ayelet whenever she saw her. It was their special song, and upon hearing it, on a phone call or in person, Ayelet would instantly light up.

So when grandma Rita wanted to do something in memory of Ayelet at the Atlantic City, her summer place that Ayelet had been to many times, the C-sure playgound, a playground made specifically for kids with special needs, seemed like the perfect fit.

A playground for kids literally, By the Sea. 

So to kick off the summer, this Memorial day weekend the galena/poupko family and their extended Atlantic City/Lower Merion community came out to christen the newly dedicated slide, and took a moment to remember the special little girl who lit up the summers for all of us.

If you are in the AC/Ventnor/Margate area,  By the Sea, swing by and take a slide down memory lane with and for Ayelet. 

One word of caution: if you hear this song, it will be stuck in your head for years. 

29

Apr

Sunday May 12th 11-3PM
 Buy a cupcake, get swabbed in memory of Ayelet. Thanks to JCC in Manhattan 20’s + 30’s Alisa W Gift of Life Genna SingerSign up on Facebook and ask yourself if you know someone not swabbe:https://www.facebook.com/events/457955330957381/?ref=br_tf

Sunday May 12th 11-3PM

Buy a cupcake, get swabbed in memory of Ayelet. Thanks to JCC in Manhattan 20’s + 30’s Alisa W Gift of Life Genna Singer
Sign up on Facebook and ask yourself if you know someone not swabbe:https://www.facebook.com/events/457955330957381/?ref=br_tf

18

Apr

Hindy on the Radio talking Ayelet

To listen to Hindy on the Radio Show “Something To Talk About With Randi Wartelsky” go to their archives: http://www.nachumsegal.com/jm-in-the-am/something-to-talk-about-with-randi-wartelsky/

Listen in: Hindy will be on the radio today, 3pm, talking about our Ayelet Z”L, along with Jay Feinberg from the Gift of Life Foundation 

Tune in today at 3 PM on the stream at Www.nachumsegal.com