Dror - Imri Aloni, Moshav Beit Harut
Born 20.7.79 passed away 5.12.2012
Dror - Imri was diagnosed at the age of 10, which is extremely unusual
because neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that usually appears in babies up
to the age of 5. Imri came down with chicken pox, two weeks later he ran a
fever again, and something told me "Go to the doctor again." By then there
already was a 12 cm diameter lump in his stomach and our entire life turned
upside down. He was treated by the Head of the children's department at the
time, Prof. Paswell, who was a neighbor and personal friend, and Prof. Gidi
Rechavi, who was a young doctor at the time and accompanied us all the
way, during a struggle 24 years long. The treatment began with several
rounds of chemotherapy, and then his doctors sent him for a bone marrow
transplant at CHLA - Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, the pioneers of
autologous transplantation. In Israel, they hadn't done autologous transplants
yet (1989). We spent eight months in Los Angeles, when Imri had to spend 50
days in a sterile bubble room (laminar flow unit). He was called "The Boy from
the Bubble" and received quite a bit of media coverage. The chance that the
doctors gave us when he was diagnosed was 4% - for me there was no other
option but 100%. Against all odds, we returned to Israel as winners after
surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplant.
For ten years, Dror Imri was theoretically "clean"and lived almost a "normal"
life. He volunteered to the IDF (Israel Defense Force) and served in a
classified intelligence unit, until severe back pain began. We quickly realized
that it was a massive relapse with an extension to the spine, and within 24
hours he was released from the IDF, and we were once again on the
operating table in the hospital in Los Angeles Les (CHLA).
While undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Dror imri graduated from the
Technion as an industrial and management engineer, married his beloved
Noa, and when the disease returned at the age of 20, he discovered the
Buddhist world, and was a Chi Kung and meditation instructor. We have no
doubt that it extended his life by many years.
From the age of 20 until he died at the age of 34 there were repeated
recurrences, when every innovative treatment that was tried, including three
radioactive treatments (MIBG) in San Francisco. It is impossible to count the
number of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, participation in innovative
studies in Israel and abroad and more.
Until he finally passed away on 5.12.2012, after 24 years of brave battle.
In 2020, we established the Dror Imri Aloni Health Information Research
Center at the Rupin Academic Center in Israel, where we engage in research
that combines technology (engineering) and spirit, which reflects our spirit and
that of our Dror Imri.
Dror Imri Aloni, wrote a wonderful book in his life: "Suddenly on one bright
day" - an empowering and optimistic book despite the well-known ending. In
the book, Imri describes the long journey from the moment of discovery at the
age of ten. In his unique way, he uses cancer as a lever for personal and
spiritual growth, directs a look to the deepest fears of our human existence, to
the pain and lack of acknowledgment, and with full openness invites us to join.
The book contains a lot of information about conventional and complementary
therapies, healthy lifestyle, meditation, and Qigong. This is a true story about
hope, courage, and peace, an honest observation of life and an
uncompromising love for it. A story about the struggle to survive and a desire
to understand what for.
Attached are links that give a more in-depth look at the life of Dror Imri Aloni:
1. A tribute to Dror Imri including media interviews and parts from a Buddhist sermon he gave at "Tovana" association.
2. The Dror Imri Aloni Health Information Research Center at the Rupin
3. Links to purchase the book:
Dror - Imri Aloni
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