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For Skokie marrow donor, life also goes on

Anyone who knows how productive and successful Shalom Klein has been in his young life also knows what a different day he had Monday.

But Klein made sure it wasn’t too different.

Even though he laid in a chair, one of his arms immobilized and wrapped in a heating pad, the other hooked up to the machine cycling through his blood, he worked. Klein helps run Moshe Klein & Associates Ltd., his father’s Skokie bookkeeping and accounting firm for small businesses. He is a business networking coordinator, chairman of Skokie’s newly-formed Economic Development Commission and much more.

And he wasn’t about to let a day go to waste, which meant he had his cell phone and iPad out from morning through afternoon. He made calls, scheduled events and performed other tasks. Nurses dropped in to check up on him or serve him his kosher lunch or monitor his status.

Hurd brought Klein a hospital tote bag and a book as small token of appreciation.

“It’s nothing compared to what you’re doing to save someone’s life,” she said.

Although Klein was originally scheduled to come back the next day for more of the same, he didn’t have to. His blood cell count was high enough and the hospital extracted enough so that he hadTuesday off.

Naturally, he went back to work.

He felt much better than the two prior days, although his back is still store and he’s been told it will be weeks before he feels 100 percent again.

“Hopefully, the cells are on their way now to where they’re supposed to go and this will be successful,” he said.

Klein’s goal from the start has been spreading the word about the painless bone marrow screenings so more people will be swabbed.

He plans to spread and continue to spread that word for the rest of his life. In December, he learned, his synagogue will sponsor a bone marrow donor screening and Klein has already been asked to speak.

“Whatever I’ve gone through,” he said, “it pales in comparison to literally saving someone’s life.”

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