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2018 Jerusalem Marathon Hall of Fame

Gilad Karat, 12

Gilad Karat, 12

Jerusalem

Gilad was treated at ALYN due to a musculoskeletal syndrome that caused intense pain in one of his legs, making walking – let alone running – impossible. After intense therapy at ALYN, he finished treatment able to walk again. He then surpassed all expectations by running 5 km in 43 minutes in his first Jerusalem Marathon.

 

Hamuda Shaludi, 16

Hamuda Shaludi, 16

Kfar Aqab north of Jerusalem

Hamuda has cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. There is no cure for CP, but treatment, therapy, special equipment, and, in some cases, surgery can help kids who are living with the condition. Therapy at ALYN was so successful that Hamuda was able to run 5 km in 25 minutes, an impressive time for a healthy 16 year old.

Michal Malek, 18

Michal Malek, 18

Jerusalem

Michal suffers from partial paralysis of both legs due to disrupted nerve signals from the brain to the muscles. She is currently in treatment at ALYN. She was so determined to participate in the marathon that she used crutches and Nordic poles to walk 3.5 km in under 1 ½ hours.

 

Netanel HaLevy-Gotschen, 21

Netanel HaLevy-Gotschen, 21

Jerusalem

Netanael, who suffers from a type of paraparesis, was operated on two years ago. He recently finished two years of National Service working for the Defense Ministry.

He ran 5 km with braces on both legs. His time, including two short breaks: under 40 minutes.

Yedidya Deutsch, 13

Yedidya Deutsch, 13

Kiryat Yearim (Telz-Stone)

Yedidya was born with one leg shorter than the other. He underwent leg lengthening operations at Rambam Hospital in Haifa and since then has come to ALYN for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

This was the second time he and his father ran 5 km in the Jerusalem Marathon. “It was easier this year than last year,” he says.