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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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The first Israeli Air Force (IAF) transport plane aimed at rescuing Israelis from the devastation wreaked by an earthquake in Nepal arrived at a military base in Israel Monday morning. The plane brought with it several wounded Israelis and premature babies of Israeli parents born to surrogate Nepalese mothers. A separate plane carrying more babies and their parents is slated to arrive later in the day.

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Omri Lanzet, one of the many new parents who landed in Israel with his newborn son Sunday night expressed: "We had a baby just days old with us, and had no heat. The food and the diapers ran out. "The babies are the most vulnerable, and some of them were born prematurely. It's neither the place nor the proper environment for a baby only a few days old."

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Two men who helped save each others lives 30 years apart were reunited Sunday at a fundraiser for childhood cancer research.

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Exactly four years ago, on March 29, 2011, Dr. Michael Shannon was driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point when a semi-truck T-boned his SUV, pinning his vehicle underneath the truck as it caught fire. Firefighters from Paramedic Engine 29 were returning from another call and responded within minutes to the fiery crash. By the time they arrived, Shannon's vehicle was also ablaze and the flames were burning his legs. Fire crews then worked to extinguish the flames and rescue him using the Jaws of Life.

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One Massachusetts nonprofit is helping hospitalized babies reap the benefits of consuming breast milk. And its services are in high demand. Mothers Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE) screens and pasteurizes milk donated from women, and works with hospitals to ensure premature babies and other infants in need in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) have access to it.

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More and more hospitals throughout the East Coast are working with the group to establish partnerships that allow preemies and babies in need to obtain donated milk, Naomi Bar-Yam, the nonprofit's executive director explained. According to Bar-Yam, there are numerous reasons why it may be more difficult for mothers of babies in the NICU to breastfeed, which makes the nonprofit's services all the more important. If a baby is born early, for example, the mother's body may not be prepared to produce milk, she said. Stress can also hinder a woman's milk supply, and "having a baby two or three months early and in the NICU is, by definition, stressful."

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New York City - March 3, 2015.  Community of Lights, LLC received two Honorable Mentions as a finalist in the Awareness Campaign : Health Initiatives, Human Rights Campaign Initiatives categories for the on going multimedia campaign "Tapestry: The Faces of AIDS" produced and developed in collaboration with the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center based in Wilton Manors, Florida. Community of Lights also received an overall Honorable Mention as a Social Good Shining Star Finalist, saluting television's commitment to Community. The Social Good Awards were presented at the Yale Club  by Cynopsis Media.

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Tapestry: The Faces of AIDS

Winners in those categories included the Stand Up to Cancer Health Campaign created by UK's advertising agency OMD; Sesame Workshop for their Human Rights Campaign: "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration; and, "Show of Force - A Path Appears.

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Community of Lights, LLC has been nominated for three Social Good Awards by Cynopsis, a major trade publication of the television and social media industry. COFL has been nominated in the Awareness Campaign/Health Initiative Category; in the Human Rights Initiative/Campaign or Initiative Category; and in the Social Good Shining Stars Category for the creation of "TAPESTRY: The Faces of AIDS" in collaboration with the World AIDS Museum.

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Cynopsis Media Social Good Awards

Winners to be Announced March 3,2015

"TAPESTRY: The Faces of AIDS" is an ongoing multimedia project that documents the compelling stories of people who are living and thriving in a new and different era of the AIDS epidemic -- an era that is less about death and more about life.