Yarden Frankl made Aliyah from Potomac, Maryland in 2005. Since then he has been the Special Media Projects Manager for Honest Reporting. He lives in Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion, Israel. He is an amateur endurance athlete and has completed 19 marathon and ultra-marathons and several 12 hour bike rides across Israel to raise money for cancer-related causes.
Yarden and his wife Stella met at Colgate University and were together for almost 30 years. She passed away from stomach cancer in November, 2013. For two and a half years while she battled the disease, she always had a smile on her face and never complained about being sick, only that she was "putting her family and friends through such turmoil."
Yarden documented their struggle against cancer on this blog. After Stella passed away, a friend shared the blog on Facebook. Gilly Asaraf, whose husband had passed away from cancer 8 years previously, read it and reached out to Yarden because their experiences were so similar.
In January 2015, surrounded by close friends, Yarden and Gilly were married. Together they have 6 children and a dog and a cat and continue to live in Neve Daniel.
This blog is dedicated to all those who helped the Frankl and Asaraf families during their struggles. It is also dedicated to all those battling cancer or experiencing the loss of a loved one.
Even when all hope is lost, never give up hope.
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All I could think about were the holidays 2 years previously.
Back then, when we reached Unatane Tokef, I practically ripped myself in two. After...
06/12/2015Sing for the Laughter, Sing for the Tears—This post is about a few of those songs.
You know the ones I mean.
The ones that reach deep inside you and connect with your soul. You hear the first few...
05/28/2015Swim!—This is not a post about Stella.
This is not a post about me.
It is not about running, or biking, or even all-night hikes.
It's about my daughter Rivka and my wife...
04/01/2015Holiday of Redemption—The unthinkable can and does happen.
The unthinkable. The unimaginable.
The pain in your wife's stomach that leads to the visit to the emergency room that leads to the call from the...
01/29/2015Look at the Blue!—The sky is very blue today.
Sure it's not such a rare event. Many times it's just there and you walk around under it without even noticing.
But sometimes it's just amazing.