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Jon Bon Jovi, Mensch

We already loved Jon Bon Jovi, just for showing Israel and Israelis his love. But if that wasn’t enough, Netta Sadan’s story should do the trick:

September 2018, I return to work after a maternity leave and bring in a seven-month-old breastfeeding baby to the kindergarten. A week later I feel an unfamiliar mass.

Going into the doctor and the sky is falling on me. “You have an aggressive breast cancer in advanced condition”

What?? Cancer?? Me?? You never think that would hurt you so close.
Then the war begins. A war for life, for sanity, for some routine. But I am an optimistic person and decide to win before the war begins. Almost six months of intensive chemotherapy, complex surgery and radiation therapy accompanied by huge and painful burns. And then you discover something else in the arm .. optimism begins to disappear .. yes I will win? For sure? And what if not?

At this point, I decide that I must return my optimism to me somehow.

Suddenly I remember that my love from my youth, Jon Bon Jovi, comes at the end of July! When I was a child I was a crazy fan! Posters on the walls, fan club and always always, just from the age of 10 I just dreamed to meet him! Twenty-five years ago it would have seemed impossible to me, and today there is no way I will ever be able to meet someone of his stature.

And then, without thinking too much, I write a post, a post that comes from my heart, from my stomach deep inside and opens my most personal feelings. I decided to start making dreams come true. “Please help me meet Bon Jovi.” In a second, the post became viral, and I began receiving requests from many charming people who wanted to help. A lot of people said it was very complicated, he did not do any more fan meetings and I feel that it will not happen anymore.

They say “never meet your heroes,” but whoever said it never met Jon Bon Jovi!

Yesterday I met my hero face to face. He sat with me, talked to me, invested time and attention in me.

For half an hour we sat talking and laughing. Was just perfect !!! There were no cameras or media and he did it just for making me happy and proved unequivocally that I had not been wrong in these past 25 years.

In such a difficult period of treatment and routine of doctors and hospitals suddenly I find myself fulfilling my oldest dream !!
This meeting gave me a boost of energy, suddenly I feel better and the smile does not leave my face!

Thanks to everyone who helped, hoped and tried to push this dream into reality.

There is nothing like the love that Israeli people know how to give and there is none like Jon Bon Jovi 😊

Now look at the photo again. The look on Jon’s face is priceless. You can tell he wants to be there, and is happy he is making her happy.

That is being a mensch.

That is Jon Bon Jovi.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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