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Merna Shapiro


Message from
Merna Shapiro,

President, FL Broward Region Hadassah



Dear Hadassah Family,

We are heading into the summer season; however, since we reside in Florida, warm sunny weather surrounds us most of the year.  Decidedly, the summer months bring hotter temperatures.  During the summertime, many of our members travel for a change of scenery.  Over a thousand Hadassah members, including me will be traveling to Las Vegas to attend the 97th Hadassah Convention.  We will be celebrating Hadassah's past, present and future.  I  agree  that it is time of us to rejoice.  This year, we coped with our Hadassah Medical Organization’s fiscal challenges, but fortunately, HMO has emerged from Section 350 financially stronger and will continue to provide outstanding medical services and groundbreaking medical research to Israel and the world. Our organization, HWZOA, is committed to complete and equip the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, our citadel of healing, and will continue our nineteen million dollar a year support of HMO.

As members of Hadassah, we can feel a sense of pride and fulfillment when we consider the extraordinary achievements of our Hadassah Medical Organization.  It was Hadassah, even before Israel became a state, that established a health care infrastructure and a standard of excellence.  So many firsts were given by Hadassah to Israel: to name just a few, bone marrow clinic, embryonic stem cell research center and organ transplant unit. You can find a complete list of our breakthroughs and firsts on the Hadassah Intranet under Hadassah Medical Organization Making an Impact. Our HMO hospitals remain extremely busy. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the start of multi-center Phase II clinical trials in the United States to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  with adult stem cell technology first introduced by HMO’s Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Senior Neurologist. The earlier clinical trials at Hadassah have demonstrated that the treatment was both well tolerated, safe and in the majority of patients showed positive results.  Another Hadassah miracle!

It is because of YOU that miracles like this occur. Your meaningful gifts of volunteerism and Tzedakah make groundbreaking medical research possible. I appreciate your commitment to Hadassah.

Our FL Broward Region year is half completed and it has been packed with events and meetings.  We left laughing after our successful Entertainment Day, were energized  and educated at the Build Your Hadassah Blueprint Training, motivated to be heart healthy after our fabulous ‘Every Beat Counts” Event and thoroughly enjoyed our meaningful L’Dor V’Dor Fashion Show.   As always, I am soooo very proud to be the president of FL Broward Region. We are working diligently to accomplish our goals and  have the remainder 0f 2014 to meet and exceed these  goals. We plan to have FUN in the process

Stay healthy, happy and dedicated to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.  Enjoy a terrific summer

Hadassah hugs,

Merna Shapiro, President

Florida Broward Region Hadassah

Phone: 954-535-9119

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