Life's Door :: Growth and Healing in the face of Life Threatning Illness

The “Presidential Award for Volunteerism” 2011

 awarded to Founder and Chairman of Life's Door-Tishkofet, Prof. Ben Corn, MD

Gisha la'Chaim Tishkofet-Maagan are proud to congratulate Prof. Ben Corn on receiving The “Presidential Award for Volunteerism” 2011 for his extraordinary and unique contribution to Israeli society.

Prof. Ben Corn: "feeling of helplessness and isolation I had when I lost my father at age 11, pushed me as an adult to establish an organization to support and assist patients and their families in coping with illness and bereavement processes".

At a ceremony with 900 guests, President Shimon Peres awarded the “Presidential Award for Voluntarism "(2011) to Prof. Ben Corn, a world-renowned expert in oncology, founder of LDT organization for spiritual support for patients and their families. Prof. Corn came to the ceremony accompanied by his wife Dvora Corn LDT co-founder and executive director, his family and representatives of the organization.

The Presidential Award for Voluntarism is the Israeli "Oscar” of the field of volunteerism in Israel, and its goal is to encourage the spirit of volunteerism in Israeli society. The winners of the award stand out in their voluntarism in 2011 and were selected by an advisory committee headed by Rabbi Elimelech Firer (founder of "Ezra L’marpe") from hundreds of recommendations on suitable candidates that were received by the President.

In a special booklet compiled for the occasion, the Advisory Committee noted that the "Presidential Award for Voluntarism is awarded to Prof. Ben Corn on his activity to change the way of dealing with serious illness.”

Prof. Ben Corn said: "I am excited by the occasion, but I am only the messenger. This award should go to the hundreds of LDT volunteers who do sacred work throughout the year and alleviate tremendously the suffering of patients and their families. People who give hope and strength to those in distress are the real angels, and I thank them for the right to be the "father" of LDT. I lost my father at age 11, the feelings of helplessness and isolation I had then, pushed me as an adult to establish an organization to support and assist patients and their families cope with illness and bereavement".

Prof. Ben Corn, director of the radiation unit at Ichilov Hospital, was born in 1960 in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel 15 years ago. He lives with his wife and daughters in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem.

After the ceremony at the President's house, family and friends were invited to an exciting event at the Corn’s. At the event Dvora Corn, LDT co-founder and its executive director announced the launching of the “Shared Journey: The Monroe Michael Corn Memorial Volunteer Training Initiative” which will offer partnership support for community based volunteer training in providing spiritual and emotional support to patients facing serious and terminal illness and their families.

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WhenWednesday, July 6, 2011
WhereTishkofet-Maagan Support Center , 35 Makor Cahim St., Jerusalem, Israel
"Gisha la'Chaim Tishkofet-Maagan gave me the ability to say 'I understand you.'"

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