Valentine's Day is coming up this week! We would like to take this opportunity to tell our supporters how special they are to us. And we hope the feeling is mutual!
Today you can increase your impact by 30% by donating early and getting a bonus match from Global Giving. The bonus day starts at 9 am ET (or 18:00 Moscow time), and lasts until midnight (or 9 am Moscow time on February 13th), or until the bonus funds run out. Any donation of $1,000 or less will receive 30% match.
The money raised will go to some of the neediest leukemia patients in St. Petersburg who are awaiting transplants from unrelated donors. Currently, six of them have not paid the first installment to the donor registry - which means the search was not started. Since there is usually a very short window in which patients should be transplanted, it is very important to start the donor search as soon as possible.
You can see complete list of patients and read their stories here: http://advita.ru/en/
Thanks for your support and feel free to share this report with your friends. We can always use more volunteer help!
In our last report we shared the story of Slava, a young Ukrainian boy. Thanks to your support, we were able to help his family with treatment-related expenses in the amount of $1,000. Slava's mom is sincerely grateful to everyone who had contributed!
We have recently had two more new arrivals in Houston: two little girls from Moscow and Uzbekistan have come for evaluation and treatment for cancer. They too need support, and we have already helped them with getting cell phones, finding lodging, and getting second opinions. More help may be needed in the future, and we will appreciate your continuing support.
One of the best ways to do so is to sign up for recurring donations: simpy click on "Monthly recurring" tab on the donation sidebar. In addition, a Bonus Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 12th. Starting at 9 am EDT, all donations made on that day (up to $1,000) will be matched at 30%, until the matching fund runs out. This is a great way to increase your impact and do more for children with cancer. Mark your calendars and donate early on February 12th!
As the year is coming to an end, we would like to update you on our progress. Our project's goal has been to help 10 patients a year, and to date, we have been able to support 6 patients with lodging and travel costs.
Most recently, we gave a check for $1000 to Slava's family, whose story we included in our last report. Slava is 7 years old and has already been in treatment for cancer for almost 5 years. During that time, he rarely lived at home. First, he traveled to Kiev from his home town of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, then to Moscow for consultations, and to Genoa, Italy after doctors in Kiev could not stop cancer progression. After successful treatment in Italy, Slava was in remission for a year. But then came relapse and the family was on the road again, to find even more sophisticated therapy. Slava is currently in Houston, TX and will need to remain here for treatment. Thanks again for your support for Slava and patients like him.
Global Giving offers an easy way to sign up for recurring donations, and starting December 20, they began offering recurring donation matches. They will contribute the amount of your monthly donation if you donate for 3 consecutive months, up to a limit of $200 per person. Check out this detailed explanation. It will be available for the last 12 days of the year only (until December 31)!
Thanks again for your kindness! Have a joyful holiday season!