A Villanova teen supports the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation in hopes of helping cancer patients find potentially live-saving donors.
Mitzvah Hero: Emily Hershorin, 18, is good to the bone: The graduating senior at Lower Merion High School did her senior project as a benefit for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.
What It’s All About: “Through the research I have recently conducted, I learned about how much of a need there is for bone marrow transplants” to help those afflicted with diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, says the daughter of Marc and Mindy of Villanova, congregants at Har Zion Temple, a Conservative synagogue in Penn Valley.
To promote the work of the foundation, Hershorin has conducted a benefit bake sale and exhorted friends and family of the benefits of “swabbing” their way onto the organization’s bone marrow registry. A simple swab of the inside of the mouth can reveal compatibility of a prospective transplant donor. Hershorin has taken the swab test herself.
“I learned how emotional it is for the family of someone who needs a bone marrow transplant and about the road a patient has to deal with."
Hershorin, who will start her freshman year at Binghamton University in New York this fall with a planned major in pre-med/chemistry, has also been active volunteering for the Jewish Relief Agency.
Good for Her: Hershorin says the bone marrow project stands out because "it has taught me how much of an impact I can make on the community and how much I could potentially help those in need. It has taught me to appreciate the health that I have because I learned about how difficult it can be to find a match for someone who needs a bone marrow transplant.”