Founded in 1989, the Rachashei Lev NGO constitutes a national support center for cancer-stricken children in Israel and their families. Rav Reuven Gesheid is the organization’s founder and head, and at his side are members of the Presidium comprising prominent Israeli doctors, public officials, members of the justice system, and leading Israeli business people.

Rachashei Lev’s activities

The organization attends to 500 cancer stricken children and youth every year, regardless of religion, race or gender, and from all strata of society. Emphasis is placed on the social, educational and psychological aspects in order to maintain the children’s morale, to help them cope with the difficult challenges posed by the disease, and to ease their suffering. Rachashei Lev works nonstop, every day of the year, running a group of volunteers in the children’s hospitals throughout Israel, conducting trips in Israel and abroad, operating a dream ambulance, and more…

Daily support – from diagnosis through all stages of care

Rachashei Lev has adopted the pediatric oncology departments at Sheba Medical Center and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, providing daily support and activities for kids and their families. Rachashei Lev employs professional staff and 24 Israeli National Service volunteers, and has a network of 350 mentors and volunteers providing guidance and personal support. The volunteers accompany the children daily during examinations and treatment to divert their attention from pain and fear. Our Support team members are on call 7/24 to help hospitalized children.

 

The Children’s House

In 2007, the Beit Hayeled Children’s House was inaugurated on the grounds of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. The Children’s House is a luxury motel for children and their families, providing a warm and loving home in a cozy and protective family atmosphere during the time of their treatment.

 

Medical consultation

Helps with worldwide medical consultations with specialists in childhood cancer. Provides support and assistance in buying medical drugs that are not included in the health basket, importing and obtaining rare medical drugs, and funding special treatments not included in the health basket, targeted radiotherapy and lifesaving surgery abroad

 

Hospital unit assistance

Rachashei Lev provides patients and their parents with a range of services and equipment during hospitalization, including computers, TVs, comfortable armchairs, book and video libraries, game carts, a laugh room, a snack room and light meals. Services include referrals to medical professionals, psychological counseling, occupational therapy, alternative medicine, financial assistance to families in need, ambulance services and paramedical equipment rental.

We install free multimedia systems at dozens of children’s bedsides at Sheba, and help acquire and upgrade departmental medical equipment, such as chemotherapy pumps, monitors, ECG machines and beds.

 

Activities throughout the year

Rachashei Lev hosts performances and events featuring celebrities, including individual and group birthday parties. We work to fulfill wishes, visit children at home and host trips, fun days, camps and international vacations to places such as Orlando, the Netherlands and Prague. These activities help kids escape the hospital, enjoy family time and garner energy.

 

Daily activity center

The activity center adjacent to Sheba’s ambulatory care center invites children to play with the Rachashei Lev team and to participate in extracurricular activities and fascinating workshops, even during chemotherapy infusions. The leisure center includes a drink and snacking corner, a pre-school playroom and art room, computers, TVs, musical instruments and games.

 

 

Special-needs children

Since 2007, Rachashei Lev has been hosting weekend and holiday getaways in Israel for children with disabilities and difficult health conditions – including a dedicated volunteer per child.

 

Awards and recognition

Rachashei Lev has earned excellence recognition from a variety of governmental organizations, including the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, Public Security Ministry and Health Ministry, as well as awards from the city of Ashdod, the President of Israel and the Prime Minister.

 

Partnering with clinicians

Rachashei Lev is headed by Prof. Jehoshua Dor and honored members of the Presidium, many of Israel’s most senior physicians, including Prof. Amos Toren, Head of the Sheba Medical Center’s Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department, Prof. Gidi Perth, Director of Sheba›s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Prof. Yehuda Skornik, a respected oncology surgeon.