“I keep my eyes on the future. I’ve always been an optimist, and even now the cancer hasn’t taken that away from me. As long as I’m alive I will continue to look for the good in any situation and hold in my heart a hope for a better tomorrow.”
Galit lives with her children in a small town in southern Israel. She has been raising her children on her own since they were young, and worked hard cleaning schools and private homes to support her family. Two years ago, after months of fatigue and other unusual symptoms, Galit was diagnosed with cancer. She has undergone various forms of treatment over the past two years, and is hopeful that she will get through this, just as she has overcome many other challenges in her life. Between treatments she pushes herself past the fatigue and continues to work to support her children. Her pay is enough to keep a roof over their heads, and basic foods on the table, but she is unable to pay for the extra expenses that add up: she is months late on paying her children’s tuition, and hasn’t bought them new clothing or school supplies in years.
Galit’s two sons, ages 7 and 14 have been raised with Galit as their only support. The older child’s father left before he was born and has never had any contact. The younger child’s father caused endless distress in their lives, and eventually Galit decided to move to southern Israel to escape his abuse. Both of Galit’s parents have passed away, and she has no support from extended family. She is turning to us as family, to help her get through these very difficult times.
Galit shares, “It’s hard to describe the sadness and distress that I live with. I try to stay strong, but it isn’t always easy. Yesterday my seven year old asked me to buy him a yogurt at the neighborhood market. I had to say no. I didn’t have the extra three shekels to buy it for him. I held back my tears and tried to maintain my composure until we got home. He doesn’t understand why all of his friends have candy and treats in their homes and we only have bread and whatever we receive in food boxes. I desperately want to give my children a better future. I pray for help and guidance, and trust that HaShem is with me in my struggles. Since I first lost my hair to the cancer treatments I have been covering my head. Even now that my hair has grown back I’ve kept my head covering as a sign of the faith that gets me through.”
Right now Galit is concerned mostly about her older son, Yisrael. The community where she lives does not have a yeshiva that will help him to grow and continue learning on a higher level, in fact some of the boys his age are a negative influence. “For years my son has been dreaming to learn in yeshiva, he is very bright and has a strong desire to learn, and the yeshiva of his choice has accepted him for next year. As his mother I dream of him growing into a Torah scholar, but I also would be glad to know that he is in a dorm setting where he will get three plentiful and nutritious meals every day. The problems holding him back are purely financial. Yisrael has only one outfit, and needs to be able to pack a suitcase with at least a week’s worth of clothing. The other problem is his teeth. He was born with extra teeth in the front of his mouth which makes his smile look very unusual. He isn’t shy by nature, but because he prefers not to open his mouth, it is hard for him to make friends in new situations. I have given up on caring for my own teeth, but I really would like to fix his. The dentist gave me a quote of 6,600 shekels to pull out the extra teeth and realign the remaining teeth. I live in a small rental unit and live from month to month. There is nothing that I would like more than to see him learning Torah with a big smile on his face, but at this point it seems beyond me…”
Milka’s Fund is turning to you now to help us raise 7000 shekels = $1800 to fix Yisrael’s teeth and to buy him some new clothing so that he can start yeshiva next year on the right foot.
Galit has been a single mother for years, and has fought cancer with very little family or community support. Let’s show her that she is not alone anymore. Let’s prove her optimist right – good things really do happen in her life! And we’ll keep her in our prayers to a speedy and complete recovery!