We are happy to share great news with you! Our project was one of the few chosen by VMWare Foundation for its annual charitable event, during which the company raised $13,000 for our little patients. What a great gift to children and their families at this time of the year!
We are also grateful to all of our recurring donors for letting us have a reliable stream of donations, and to everyone else who has given support to children with cancer from the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, as the countries in the region remain unstable, children with cancer become some of the most vulnerable victims of continuing turbulence. As the countries lack money for modern drugs, training of doctors and development of research, many families are forced to travel abroad to give their children a chance to live.
Six-year-old Vlad's story is just one of many. Recently, he traveled with his father from their native Ukraine to Hungary. There Vlad started treatment for osteosarcoma, a dangerous type of bone cancer that affected his left leg. At home it took five long months to diagnose him, and his parents lost their faith in local doctors. Vlad's family now needs help with raising funds to finish his treatment. Vlad is a bright little boy who dreams of becoming a president of Ukraine, or a soccer player when he grows up. But for now, he has to endure daily struggles with pain and nausea to get through treatment. He also misses his mom who stayed behind with his newborn sister.
Your help will lift some of the burden of cancer from this family. Thanks again for your compassion and generosity.
Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy your holidays!
As we are entering the season of joy, we would like to send our best holiday wishes to our friends around the world who have made our project such a success. This year our project had crossed $100,000 mark in donations! Since inception, we have helped 52 patients with paying for donor searches in foreign registries. These are the 52 lives that were made better by your generosity and kindness.
I wish I could say we are close to the victory. However, there is still no progress in growing a registry of native donors in Russia, and the government still denies paying for the donor searches in other countries. Therefore, it falls to us to help the patients get their health back.
If you can donate to our project this month, we may be able to win prizes during a month-long Holiday challenge. Ten best projects will get extra bonuses for the most number of donors and largest amounts raised. We will very much appreciate your support, as there are still dozens of patients whose lives are at risk due to lack of money.
Here is one story. Elena is a 14-year old from a city of Abakan in Siberia. She is a good student and she loves to cook. When she grows up Elena hopes to become a chef in her own restaurant. But to achieve her dream, she needs to beat her illness first. In February 2014 Elena started feeling unwell and her lymph nodes enlarged. Turned out that she had a rare type of leukemia, which can only be overcome by bone marrow transplant from a donor. Since Elena has no match in her family, she needs to find one in registries abroad. Her mom left her job to care for Elena, and her grandparents are retired. They need our help to be able to pay for the donor search. Please help Elena and others like her!
Many thanks from everyone in our team! Have a great New Year!
In July we asked for your support for Katya who is treated in Germany. Since then we were able to raise $2,000 and forward the money toward lodging costs. Katya and her family are very grateful to everyone!
We have recently met another young patient here in Houston. Angelina is such a happy little girl that it is hard to believe she has already had to face two different cancer diagnoses in just three years of life. First it was neuroblastoma that showed its symptoms in infancy. The treatment was very difficult and toxic, with many complications. Angelina learned to walk in the hospital and she celebrated her first birthday there. Once the treatment was over, Angelina's family was eager to leave the bad memories behind. Unfortunately, soon after her second birthday, cancer returned. This time, it was a brain tumor. Angelina had surgery and more chemotherapy to combat it. She is now being transplanted her own stem cells to make sure that cancer does not come back. Angelina's mom asked us for help with paying for medications and medical expenses, as the family's financial means are limited.
Thank you for your support for our little patients! All the families we work with appreciate not only the financial help, but also the knowledge that perfect strangers are willing to join them in their battle. It is very empowering and we cannot thank you enough for staying with us.