Darren Kaplan, 21, from Boca Raton, Florida dreamed of enlisting in the Israeli
army since he was four years old.
When he was 16 he first informed his parents that it was his intention to immigrate to Israel and enlist in the IDF.
His parents asked that he at least finish college before he puts on an army uniform. Darren agreed, and within three years he completed his studies for a BA degree with distinction.
Beating the Odds
Teen beats cancer, volunteers for IDF service / Avigail Kedem
At 14, Reut Bernard from Rishon Lezion was diagnosed with cancer. Today, in addition to serving at the IDF's Bamahane newspaper, she helps young cancer patients cope