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      IDF Treats PA Children with Cancer to Zoo Trip

      The IDF, as part of national effort to help Palestinian Authority cancer victims, treats children with a trip to a zoo and the beach.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 9/25/2011, 7:55 AM

      PA children at Safari Zoo near Tel Aviv
      PA children at Safari Zoo near Tel Aviv
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      The IDF, as part of national effort to help Palestinian Authority cancer victims, treated children by the disease with a trip to a special day of fun last week.

      Thousands of PA Arabs receive medical treatment in Israel on a yearly basis.

      Efforts to improve the emotional well-being of these patients involve taking children undergoing cancer treatment and their families out for day trips outside of the hospital. Civil Administration Health Coordinator Dalia Bassa works to ensure that patients with serious illnesses receive comprehensive treatment and care.

      There are currently 180 Arab pediatric cancer patients from Judea and Samaria in Hadassah Hospital, of whom 50 have received bone-marrow transplants.

      A group of PA children receiving cancer treatment at Hadassah Hospital and their families visited the Ramat Gan Safari, Jaffa beachfront and Holon bowling alley last week.

      The trip was made possible thanks to a coordinated effort by the Israeli Civil Administration, the Israel Cancer Association and volunteers from the “Encouragement From Ido” charity for pediatric cancer patients in Jerusalem.

      One victim, for example, Lagine Abu El Hayad of Bethlehem, underwent a successful bone marrow transplant at Hadassah Hospital. The Israeli Civil Administration made a significant financial contribution that went toward finding a bone marrow donor for Lagine, as well as her surgery, post-operation treatment and medication.