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