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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-22

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A program now getting special
attention from Rosman and the
Guild is the ovarian cancer-detec-
tion study. It's a Barbara Ann
Karmanos Cancer Institute effort to
hasten diagnosis of cancer and
thereby provide earlier and more
effective treatment.
For the study, the Guild seeks a
total of 500 women who have never
had cancer and are willing to under-
go a blood test as part of that
process. Arranged by appointment,
the test and paperwork take only 10
"Each person who participates is
given a number so that their per-
sonal information remains confiden-
tial," stresses Rosman. "We're just
starting and have worked with
about 60 women so far. We want
everyone to understand that indi-
vidual results will not be provided
to those tested."
In another project, and to keep
down overhead as money was
solicited, the Guild mounted a
"stay-at-home" fund-raiser for the
Kids Kicking Cancer Program at
Children's Hospital. Proceeds went
to purchase a van for transporting
young patients to and from karate-
training sessions. The program's
director, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg,
believes these youths can gain
strength and comfort through the
martial arts.
Rabbi Goldberg "came to one of
our meetings to explain the pro-
gram, and we were very impressed,"
says Rochelle Lederman, who head-
ed up the fund-raiser with Rose
Rita Goldman.
Lederman of Farmington Hills
joined the Guild after the hospital
closed and considers herself a new-
comer on the board of directors.
She learned about Guild activities
through her group of mah-jongg
"Although we were left with funds
after the hospital closed, we have no
shortage of worthwhile activities to
support, so we go on with our fund-
raising efforts," Lederman says. "I'm
a member of the grants committee
and learn about the important
health-related needs in the area."-

Projects Abound

Recent Guild funding has been
directed toward a mix of projects,
such as a video teleconferencing sys-

tern for consulting about stroke
patients, sickle cell anemia research,
a prescription drug program to be
accessed by Jewish seniors and the .
provision of infant and toddler car
seats as well as bicycle helmets.
A project that can benefit every-
one is the development of emer-
gency folders to complete and keep
at home in case a need for immedi-
ate treatment arises. With the folder
in hand, attending doctors will
know instantly a person's medical
history, medications and other vital
"These folders have been done
very professionally," says Marian
Kantor of West Bloomfield, chair-
man of the medical emergency fold-
ers committee. "This is not a fund-
raiser, but we do ask for $5 for each
kit beyond one per household. I
gave a folder to my mother, and she
keeps it on her dining room buffet."
Kantor, who has been affiliated
with the Guild since the 1980s, is
pleased that the organization has
found real purpose outside the hos-
pital. Although the group raised
considerable money through the
hospital gift shop, she is glad mem-
bers are able to tap into new
Many Guild volunteers who spent
time running the gift concession
and assisting in various capacities
have transferred their attention to
helping at care facilities. These
include the West Bloomfield loca-
tion of the Dorothy and Peter
Brown Jewish Community Adult
Day Care Program; Berry and
Lahser Surgery centers in
Farmington Hills and Southfield,
respectively; and Maisel Women's
Health Center in West Bloomfield.
"Our focus at Sinai Hospital was
volunteering and development, and
that has changed to volunteering in
other locations and raising funds for
general medical causes," says Jaffa,
the Guild's executive director.
"The Guild is still a committed
group of people who give their
time, hearts and souls to the com-
munity." ❑

For information about joining
the Sinai Guild or participating
in its programs, call (248) 538-

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