Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | May 21, 2009

Running for Eshchar’s Life

Eshchar Hochman, a 36 year-old father of two little boys, was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago. During an operation to remove the tumor, Eshchar had a partial hemorrhage that rendered him paralyzed on his entire left side. Doctors said that Eshchar wouldn’t be able to walk again, but using astonishing strength, he can now walk using of cane.

Unfortunately, the tumor has returned and is far more aggressive this time. Eshchar requires the latest medical technology, and this technology isn’t available in Israel. It’s available in Belgium, and of course, it’s very expensive, with a staggering price tag of $250,000. Family and friends have given everything they can, but it simply isn’t enough. The Defense Ministry refuses to acknowledge Eshchar’s status because it’s very difficult to prove a connection between his illness and his military conditions.

Eshchar’s family and friends believe he can get better, but they need help. On Friday, May 22nd, a “Run for Life” will be held at Ganei Yehoshua in Tel Aviv. The goal is to raise the funds that Eshchar desperately needs in order to cover medical costs in Belgium, and while registration has already been closed, donations can still be made.

The Shikma foundation for Eshchar Hochman
Bank Hapoalim
Account Number: 114085
Branch Number: 646

A website (in Hebrew) created by Eshchar’s friends and family can be found here. The site currently has two pages in Hebrew, which can be found here and here.

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