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Global Medical Relief Fund for Children in USA Brings Young, Desperately In-Need Israeli Burn Victim to Boston

Media Alert For Immediate Release August 23, 2013
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Global Medical Relief Fund for Children in USA Brings Young, Desperately In-Need Israeli Burn Victim to Boston

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(Staten Island, NY, August 23, 2013)  Following an impassioned plea for help to the Global Medical Relief Fund from his mother in Israel, 15 year-old Guy Gold, who was severely burned, disfigured and left comatose as the result of an auto accident in which his father perished in May, 2013, near Tel Aviv, will arrive in Boston (via Newark) on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  Traveling with the boy will be his Israeli mother, Rita Gold, his Israeli physician, Dr. Josef Haik of Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv, a medical assistance team and his two sisters.

The international humanitarian organization Global Medical Relief Fund for Children based in Staten Island, New York, is sponsoring and funding the trip.  International air travel, housing, accommodations and logistics are being provided by the non-profit, donor-supported charity The Global Medical Relief Fund for Children / GMRF [www.gmrfchildren.org], which assists children from the U.S. and around the world. The severely burned teenager will be treated by the Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Boston, one of the world’s leading burn treatment centers for children.

Guy Gold and the group will arrive in the U.S. from Israel on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 5:45 a.m. at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on EL AL flight #ELAL 027 and will then be transported by ambulance courtesy of North Shore Long Island Healthcare System and Staten Island University Hospital, to the Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Boston.  Estimated arrival time in Boston on August 28, 2013, is 1:00 p.m. EST.

In July, Guy Gold’s mother Rita contacted the GMRF via email with the message, “We searched your website and learned about the humanitarian assistance you provide and the enormous efforts of your noble institution saving lives of children all over the globe.”  Young Guy Gold suffered third-degree burns over 75% of his body, his mother wrote.  “He is just fifteen years old.  He lost his father, he lost his appearance that was radically deformed and significant parts of his wrists.  His hands, his neck and head, his face and other parts of his body” were also badly burned, she also wrote.

According to Elissa Montanti, Founder and Director of the Global Medical Relief Fund for Children, “When Mrs. Gold reached out to us for help, of course we said ‘yes,’ because that is exactly why we exist — to help severely injured children such as her son.

We immediately began to coordinate with potential donors and our partners-in-effort, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children and North Shore Long Island Healthcare System and Staten Island University Hospital.  Guy Gold will be the 169th child we have assisted and the first child from Israel we’ve helped.”

Editorial Note: For an Israeli National News report on the tragic accident, go to:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/273812#.UhZZlH8hJ34  Since its inception in 1997, the GMRF has helped dozens of young amputees, burn victims, and child victims of war, tsunamis, accidents, earthquakes, electrocutions and disasters at no cost to them or their families, relying totally upon donor support to fund its work. All GMRF children are treated at NO COST and are eligible for follow-up care until they reach the age of 21.

The Global Medical Relief Fund reaches out both locally and worldwide to children in desperate need, who have limited or no local resources. The Global Medical Relief Fund for children celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2013 and has, thus far, helped more than 150 children from the U.S. and 24 foreign countries, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Each child who is helped by GMRF becomes a kind of “ambassador” who can return home not only with a healed, mended body and new hope for life, but also an experience of “America’s best” thanks to the support of GMRF, its donors and benefactors.

GMRF is especially grateful to Shriners Hospitals for Children along with medical, nursing, prosthetics and other partners-in-effort, and corporate and community volunteers, all of whom welcome and care for injured children with the warmth and love that can only be found in a family.  www.gmrfchildren.org  The Global Medical Relief Fund is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization.

To help us continue our efforts with Guy and other children like him donate today.

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