What do you usually expect from a 7-years old boy? You expect him to be funny, curious, a dreamer, expect him to play pirates with his friends and be carried away by adventure stories.
Slava is 7 and he is just like you expect him to be. He is a dreamer. He dreams about going back home, going to school and be like everybody else. He has so much to tell his friends about countries he has been! But the only thing Slava would like to forget is hospitals.
In the age of 3 common Ukrainian boy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and his life has changed since. All these years best Italian, Russian and Ukrainian doctors have been fighting for Slava. They did all they could, and cancer was stopped, but then Slava relapsed. And now since march 2013 Americans doctors from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston take care of a boy. They have a plan how to beat his cancer and this is a really good plan! Now Slava's body is responding to treatment, he is getting better, he is fighting.
The only thing is that this good plan needs lots of money, and Slava's family can't afford it, but you can!
Your donations can help Slava access treatment and beat cancer so he could happily get back home to his friends and books!
Thank you for you support! Together we can help Slava reach his dreams.Because he is just a 7-year old boy, a dreamer who thinks that everything in the world is possible!
Little Slava is from Ukraine. He is a sweet and soft-spoken 7-year-old boy who loves stuffed animals. Slava has been staying in Houston with his parents since March 2013. He has a relapse of cancer that doctors are unable to treat in his home country, and his parents brought him to MD Anderson Cancer Center that offered several chemotherapy options. Recent tests showed that Slava is responding to treatment, and he was recommended to continue the same regimen. Slava may have to stay in Houston for many more months, and the family needs our support to afford lodging.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the last Bonus Day of the year will present an opportunity to get a 30% bonus on every donation (up to $1,000) from GlobalGiving. The projects that raise the most funds or attract the most donors, will get additional $1,000 bonuses. Support us on Wednesday to stretch the impact of your donation! Make sure to donate early to take advantage of the bonus.
Thanks again for your support for Slava and other cancer patients!
On October 1st we learned that our project was 95% funded! With the help of the fundraiser campaign in September that brought almost $10,000 we got very close to meeting our project goal of $65,000. Thank you so much for your support!
Three years ago, when we started the project, we were hopeful that with time Russian bone marrow donor registries will grow their donor numbers and become self-reliable. While there was an increase in the number of donors, and a handful of transplants came from the donors within Russia in the last year, Russian registries are still unable to provide donors for the vast majority of the patients. As in previous years, Stefan Morsch registry in Germany supplies most of the donors. Therefore, we made a decision to extend our project goal to $100,000 and continue supporting patients awaiting transplants in St. Petersburg.
There are currently 44 patients whose transplantations may be delayed due to their inability to pay for donor search. One of them is a 6-year old Slava from Maikop in South of Russia. He suddenly got sick in January 2013, and after six cycles of harsh chemotherapy achieved remission. However, no one knows how long it will last, and it is imperative that Slava receives stem cell transplant as soon as possible to avoid relapse.
On October 9th, starting at 8 am Moscow time, the last Bonus Day of the year will offer a great opportunity to get 30% bonus on all donations up to $1,000. We will be very grateful for your support on this day! Make sure to donate early to take advantage of bonus funds - they may run out within a few hours.