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.
Our new little patient is a 2.5 year-old Maxim from an eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude. Maxim was born premature, but he quickly caught up with his peers and was developing well. But then, at 18 months of age, Maxim's parents noticed an odd glow in his left eye. After the tests, retinoblastoma (retina cancer) was discovered in both of his eyes. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save Maxim's left eye and it was removed surgically. The doctors also predicted that Maxim's right eye would lose vision after undergoing laser therapy.
Maxim's parents decided to get a second opinion and traveled to Memorial Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There Maxim received chemotherapy that shattered the tumor and laser therapy on remaining small lesions. The therapy was successful and Maxim is now recovering. He will also need to be followed closely for the next few years to ensure any recurrence is discovered and treated promptly.
Please help us support Maxim's family with their travel expenses to New York City! During upcoming Bonus Day on Wednesday, October 15th, your donation will be matched 30%. Donate early - starting at 9 am EDT - to make sure your donation makes even more difference.
Thank you for your support!
The latest beneficiaries of your support are two young women, Oksana and Marina. Oksana is a student from Samara region. She was initially diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2011. The treatment eventually brought her into remission, but unfortunately, it only lasted 9 months. Since then Oksana went through more chemotherapy and transplantation of her own stem cells, but her disease continued to progress. Now she needs even more difficult treatment - transplant from an unrelated donor, as there is no matching donor in Oksana's family. Thanks to the extra funds raised during Bonus day in July, we were able to forward 10,000 euros for Oksana's donor search.
Marina has a very similar story. She too had a particularly aggressive lymphoma that did not respond well to treatment and recurred several times. This year she began therapy with a new drug that helped bring her disease under control, and that allowed her to begin considering transplant from a donor to help sustain the results of treatment. A donor was found in the US, and we hope Marina will proceed to transplantation soon.
We are very grateful to everyone who has helped these young ladies and many other patients since this project started. Please consider supporting us again on Wednesday, October 15th, the last Bonus day of the year. Once again, we will get 30% match on all donations up to $1000, and we have a chance to win additional bonuses - for the most funds raised, as well as for the most participants. Donate early - the contest starts at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time).
Thank you for everything you do!