We are happy to report that we were able to help seven cancer patients with the costs of lodging this year. These patients had to travel far away from home - to Germany, USA, Israel and Singapore. Your donation made a lot of difference for these patients and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your generosity and compassion.
Unfortunately, continuing instability, corruption and low government spending on healthcare in the fomer Soviet Union still drives many cancer patients to seek help abroad where qualified medical care is readily available. Recently, we received a request for help from the parents of a ten-year-old Danylo who was diagnosed with a brain tumor 4 years ago. He had two surgeries to remove it in his native Ukraine. Then, at a consultation in Israel, it was discovered that the tumor was not as aggressive, as Ukrainian doctors thought, and Danylo only needed regular evaluations for the last 18 months. However, during the latest round of tests in Israel, a continued growth of the tumor was detected. Now Danylo needs to travel to Israel as soon as possible to have more treatment, and his parents are scrambling to raise funds.
With the help of supporters like you we will make sure to help Danylo and other patients needing access to adequate medical care. Thanks again for staying with us! Wishing you joy, peace and prosperity in the New Year!
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!