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New York, NY - Jewish Toddler That Sparked Wide Following In Bone Marrow Search Dies

Published on: January 31, 2012 09:54 AM
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On August 30, 2011, Ayelet Galena received a bone marrow transplant at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her plight was followed by thousands on the internet. sadly Baby Ayelet died early this morning.On August 30, 2011, Ayelet Galena received a bone marrow transplant at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her plight was followed by thousands on the internet. sadly Baby Ayelet died early this morning.

New York, NY - Ayelet Galena, the Jewish two year old Upper West Side girl whose rare bone marrow disorder sparked a major effort to find a compatible donor, died early this morning at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, just five months after receiving a bone marrow transplant.

Baby Ayelet was born prematurely weighing just 2.9 ounces and suffering from a compromised immune system.  She was diagnosed with dyskeratosis cogenita, a rare genetic disorder at age one and the bone marrow drive led by her parents, Seth Galena and Hindy Poupko, attracted the attention of both the Jewish community and the secular media. 

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Pictures on the Ayelet Galena Facebook fan  page show Mayor Menashe Miller of Lakewood participating in a June bone marrow drive and tweets by secular music stars Rihanna, Leighton Meester, NeRdArMy and football legend Michael Strahan asking people to join the bone marrow registry in order to help Ayelet.  The Galena family’s plight also caught the attention of actress Eva Mendes, rock band Linkin Park and rappers 50 Cent and Pharrell.

Ayelet’s story touched the hearts of many and the self proclaimed “Ayelet Nation” with thousands of members followed her progress closely online.  Bone marrow drives to find a match for Ayelet resulted in matches for a dozen other transplant patients according to reports on Canadian Jewish News.


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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Nebech, breaks your heart.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM MidwesternGuy Says:

Impossible to understand their pain. May the family have only simchos from now on. Baruch Dayan Emes.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Baruch dayan ha'emes! What a loss!

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM Sociologist Says:

Baruch Dayan haEmet.
In her z'chut, may others benefit from those folks who joined the bone marrow registry on her behalf.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:13 AM rikki Says:

BDE -- a most amazing, adorable little girl...I'm sitting with tears in my eyes looking at this Holy Neshama....Ayelet was loved by all. She touched so many hearts. May her parents and family only know of good tidings and May Hashem send them strength to bear this tragedy!!!

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM Chani Says:

Ayelet did more to unite us as yidden in her super short life,,,, than most of us can say for ourselves. We should learn her lesson. Yidden wake up!! It doesnt matter the color of your pantyhose,,,, We all need to just have ahavas chinam. Ayelet, I wondered at the fact that I never met you, but still felt so strongly about how much I love you.... You brought out ahavas yisroel in Yidden of every single walk of life. Now go take your zechusim, and bring them to Hashem to demand that we have Moshiach NOW!!

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM MosheM Says:

Sad. BDE.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM Boochie Says:

It’s amazing what can be accomplished thru one child’s illness ZY”A VK”Y.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM ohdear Says:

Bde.. Tears. A beautiful child that inspired so many in her short life!

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM Haredi Says:

Sooo many tragedies lately, I'm iy"h going to work on my bein odom lacheveiro problems in zchus of which we shall hear less (or rather no more) tragedies.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:41 AM ILoveTorah Says:

Shamayim must have needed more cute babies. BDE.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Maybe the good to come out of this terrible news is that it raised awareness of the need for people to be on the bone marrow registry. I have been on the register for over 20 years. PLEASE REGISTER...it could save the life of a precious baby like Ayelet A"H.

Baruch Dayan haEmes

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
ILoveTorah Says:

Shamayim must have needed more cute babies. BDE.

Not a very sensitive or caring comment...perhaps defer saying anything if you can't be more positive.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Breaks my heart.
Can't begin to imagine what the family is going through.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM Reuven Says:

Since there was such an outpour of help from people of other faiths, there is going to be a demand from Shomayim that we should also participate in a sincere way to help Non-Yidden in need. Every body is Tzelem Elokim.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM A_Yiddlele Says:

She had the transplant done on Aug. 30 2011.
Burech Dayen Ha'emes,
Hasham should send comfort to the very chushiva parents.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 01:14 PM Butterfly Says:

Baruch Dayan Ha'emes. So sad!!

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM A_Yiddlele Says:

Funeral / Shiva Info
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 11am at The Jewish Center, 131 W. 86th St. The burial will take place at Baron Hirsch Cemetary in Staten Island following the service.


Shivah will be observed at the home of Grandma Rita Lourie-Galena at 75 West End Ave.(corner 63rd St.), apartment P28A, from Wednesday afternoon, February 1 through Tuesday morning, February 7.

Minchah: Wednesday - Monday at 5:00pm
Shacharit: Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:45am; Sunday at 8:30am.

Donations can be made in Ayelet’s memory to:
1. Gift of Life- https://www.giftoflife.org/Public/ContribOnline.aspx

2. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital- Bone Marrow Transplant Unit https://giving.cincinnatichildrens.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=184

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Reuven Says:

Since there was such an outpour of help from people of other faiths, there is going to be a demand from Shomayim that we should also participate in a sincere way to help Non-Yidden in need. Every body is Tzelem Elokim.

Agreed. Being on the registry is one way we can all help each other. Let's honor this child & her family by trying to help others by registering to see if you may be a match for someone.

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 Jan 31, 2012 at 04:42 PM lbpss Says:

Reply to #20  
A_Yiddlele Says:

Funeral / Shiva Info
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 11am at The Jewish Center, 131 W. 86th St. The burial will take place at Baron Hirsch Cemetary in Staten Island following the service.


Shivah will be observed at the home of Grandma Rita Lourie-Galena at 75 West End Ave.(corner 63rd St.), apartment P28A, from Wednesday afternoon, February 1 through Tuesday morning, February 7.

Minchah: Wednesday - Monday at 5:00pm
Shacharit: Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:45am; Sunday at 8:30am.

Donations can be made in Ayelet’s memory to:
1. Gift of Life- https://www.giftoflife.org/Public/ContribOnline.aspx

2. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital- Bone Marrow Transplant Unit https://giving.cincinnatichildrens.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=184

Can you please post the father's name so that people can carry on doing things leilu nishmas. Hamukem yenachem eschem.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 11:01 AM ElishevaA Says:

Reply to #22  
lbpss Says:

Can you please post the father's name so that people can carry on doing things leilu nishmas. Hamukem yenachem eschem.

Her name is אילת יקירה בת שת לוריא. (Ayelet Yakira bas Sheis Luria)

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