In May 2020, after a long battle with cancer, Or Ezrati passed away at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. He was just 45 years old.
At the end of the thirty-day mourning period, his four year- old son, Yanai, asked to come back to Ichilov and realize his wish – to meet TASMC CEO, Prof. Ronni Gamzu. When Yanai used to visit his father in the hospital, he felt the dedication and compassion of the staff who cared for his father at the Hemato-oncology department, and in his mind, Prof. Gamzu was the mommy and daddy of this place. Prof. Gamzu immediately acceded to the request.
Yanai brought his piggy bank to the meeting, with all the money he had saved, including gifts from visitors during his father’s Shiva, and presented it to Prof. Gamzu. “I want this money to be used to build another building with 13 rooms for patients and one big room for Dr. Lily Gepstein, who took care of my Daddy,” Yanai explained as he gave Prof. Gamzu coins amounting to 88 shekels.
Prof. Gamzu was deeply moved by the visit and told the young guest, “You are an amazing boy, incredibly sensitive, generous and smart. We hope you grow up happily and from now on, that you will know only moments of joy. A big hug from us all.” Yanai’s story is a poignant reminder to us that, when guided by vision, compassion and generosity, we can make our dreams become reality.