It seems that my recent post on Reminiscing struck a cord with several people. While it is quite enjoyable to relive the glory days of yesteryear, one must still realize that we must live in the present and look toward the future.
One topic that was noticeably absent from the prior post and comments, were the advances made in the medical arena. This past week, Ami Magazine had a short story with the theme of a Shidduch that broke up when the couple found out that they were genetically both carriers of a dangerous disease.
Recently Mishpacha Magazine did a cover story on Dor Yeshorim, the Jewish gene screening system. Rabbi Ekstein has saved countless families, such as the one above, from experiencing the tragic Downs Syndrome, and other genetic diseases via a simple blood test.
Another organization which was unknown years ago is Chai Lifeline/Camp Simcha. Inyan Magazine, the pullout from the weekend edition of Hamodiah, did a full length article on Drs. Steinherz, a rare couple who founded Camp Simcha and who assist pediatric patients with debilitating disease.
There is HASC and P'TACH and RCCS and Misaskim and so many other organizations founded in the last few decades. Too many to mention.
It is sad that there are so many, but it is a real Kiddush Hashem to see so many people give of their time and effort to assist those who are more unfortunate than they are.