Recently we were able to help Dmitry, a young man from St. Petersburg, who is studying to become a geologist. His disease first appeared back in 2011, when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. After numerous cycles of chemotherapy, he needed transplantation of his own stem cells, as well as maintenance therapy with an expensive new drug. Another option was to undergo transplantation from a donor, but a good match was not found in the donor regsitries around the world.
Unfortunately, Dima's disease recurred last year. But this time, a donor search found a few potential donors, and now Dima has a hope that lymphoma will finally be beaten. Thanks to your donations, we were able to contribute 2,000 euros to the donor search costs. We are so grateful to our supporters for giving Dima a chance to live!
If you would like to help more patients like Dima, join us on September 16th during the last Bonus Day of the year. All donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus of 30%. Mark your calendars and donate early, before the bonus funds run out. The Bonus Day starts at 9 am Eastern time, or 16:00 Moscow time. And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win extra awards for the most donors.
Thanks for your support!
Two months ago, we received a letter from Mara. Her baby son Mikael was little more than a year old. But instead of celebrating his first birthday, his family was scrambling to raise funds for life-saving treatment. Just weeks earlier, Mikael was diagnosed with a large liver tumor, hepatoblastoma. His parents took Mikael for treatment in a clinic in Munich, Germany. Proposed treatment plan included several cycles of chemotherapy and surgery. During consultations with the best doctors in their native Armenia, Mikael's parents were told that curability of this type of cancer is much higher (90-95%) in German clinics compared to the ones in Armenia where proper treatment is not provided due to low quality of equipment, medications and treatment protocols. Although at first Mikael's parents expected to be able to afford the treatment, they soon realized that they needed support of others to pay for all the bills.
We used $1,029 of the funds raised in this project to support Mikael and his family. And a few days ago, Mara shared the great news: "I am the happiest mom on earth now! My son is cancer free! Five blocks of chemotherapy, difficult surgery, fever, pain, sleepless nights and days full of stress but never despair are all behind now. With all the prayers, God's will and professionalism of his doctors - surgeons and oncologists, and good care of the nurses he recovered from his deadly disease. The tumor that was poisoning him from inside was removed completely and all other indicators are said to be OK, meaning he has no cancer cells anymore..."
Thanks again for your support got little patients like Mikael! We hope to bring you many more great stories like this one!
Our project had recently reached a halway point to our goal. Thank you so much for helping us get here! The money raised through this project go to patients who have traveled far from home and sometimes have no one else to ask for support.
Our latest support recipient is the family of a four-year-old Sofia from Russia. In 2013 she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. At first, the disease did not respond to treatment and it took seven months of high-dose chemotherapy to finally get it under control. Bone marrow transplantation was also done due to high risk of the relapse. Unfortunately, just ten months later, Sofia spiked fever and lost her appetite. Control tests diagnosed return of leukemia. For Sofia, it meant that nothing else can be done in Russia, and her parents took her to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for the second opinion. She is now undergoing treatment and will have to stay in Texas for a long time.
We have recently provided the family with $1,500 to help pay the lodging bills. Thanks again for your support of the patients!