Yarden Frankl is the media projects manager at HonestReporting, an organization dedicated to shattering media bias and bringing the real story to the public. His family made Aliyah to the Gush Etzion region in 2005 and were living the idyllic life. Yarden started a blog dedicated to his love of bike riding.
Just over a year ago, the lives of the Frankl family changed forever. Stella, Yarden's wife, was diagnosed with late stage stomach cancer and the prognosis was not good.
Enter "Stella's Army," a large group of friends and strangers whose lives have been touched in some way by Stella or by her story (which Yarden updates in his popular blog). People have been praying, preparing food and generally supporting the family however they could,vyet Yarden could not get rid of his feeling of helplessness.
"I just had to do something," he explained. He did what he does best: hopped on his bike.vYarden planned an all-night ride calling it "Riding for the Dawn" in which friends sponsored the ride with pledges.vThe money collected was donated to the Neve Daniel fund to help families in need.
Last summer, after after a number of chemo treatments and a major operation in which Stella's stomach was removed,vsomething that can only be described as a miracle happened, surprising even the medical staff:
Stella beat the enemy. Her tests showed no signs of cancer.vYarden planned a major ride from the Hermon mountains through the Dead Sea to Gush Etzion as a way of raising money for Shaare Tzedek Hospital and showing his gratitude for his wife's recovery.
Only something threw a wrench in those plans. Stella became sick again. The enemy returned.
Yarden's ride will go on as planned this coming November 9th. This time, "Riding from the Depths" will be a bike ride of prayer for Stella's full recovery, in addition to being a fundraiser for the Oncology Department of the Shaare Tzedek Hospital.
You can help too. To donate, click here: http://www.szmc.org.il/en/
To pray, Stella's Hebrew name is Tzuriya Kochevet bat Sarah.
To find out more or to join "Stella's Army," check out Yarden's blog: www.crossingtheyarden.com.
For Judy Simon's interview from last year with Stella Frankl click here: Japanese-American-Jewish-Israeli.