New Ma'agan center supports Negev cancer patients
New Ma'agan center supports Negev cancer patients
The Jerusalem Post - May 30, 2005
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich


A greatly expanded Ma'agan Community Cancer Care Center was dedicated in Beersheba on Monday as part of Ben-Gurion University's 35th annual board of governors meeting.

The center, established by BGU with help from the Israel Cancer Association through the generosity of the Benjamin and Seema Pulier Foundation of New York and its benefactors, Edith and Solomon Freedman, provides emotional and social support to cancer patients and their families. The new building, located at 13 Har-Beka Street, replaces outgrown rented facilities.

Edy Freedman, a former social worker and herself a long-time survivor of cancer, said that with the help of Ma'agan, people can discover the "knowledge of their own strength to overcome cancer."

Every year, 1,100 Negev residents are diagnosed with cancer, almost 40 percent of them from the former Soviet Union. Counseling and classes are offered in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic to serve the diverse population of the Negev.