In May our project participated in the Bonus day. A new approach was taken: while all donations made within a certain period were eligible for the bonus, the percentage was not known until two days later. We raised the total of $1,807 and the bonus amounted to 25.91%. Thank you everyone who participated! And take a note of even better opportunity coming up in July: on July 15th, as a Superstar project, we will be able to get a 50% match to the donations. Stay tuned for more information!
So where did we use the money raised? In March we transferred over $5,600 for donor search for Nikolay, an ambulance driver from Krasnodarsky krai, whose story we shared on our Facebook page.
And recently we transferred $12,425 for the donor search for Anton, a young engineer, who has lived his whole life in Perm, a city in the Urals. Anton is an avid aquarium hobbyist, a builder, and a walking encyclopedia, according to his wife. They have met when they were both 30, and were very happy together. But just months after the wedding, Anton was diagnosed with a blood disorder: myelodysplastic syndrome, refractory anemia. In the last three years Anton received 10 rounds of chemotherapy and many cycles of less toxic maintenance chemotherapy. Unfortunately, in June of 2014 he had a relapse. His only chance to overcome the disease is bone marrow transplant from a donor. Initially, there were no matching donors in the international registry or among his relatives. Anton had to begin therapy with a very expensive new drug, which exhaused any resources the young family had. And recently, after another search in the registry, several new potential matching donors were found. We are hopeful that Anton can now have a chance for transplant and will get his life back soon.
Thanks for your support, and have a great summer!
Vadim is a 14-year-old boy from Ukraine. The story of his illness began in 2013 with an inflamed lymph node that quickly led to an avalanche of increasingly serious symptoms: fever, weight loss, and fatigue. Within days, a terrible diagnosis was made: stage IV anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Vadim underwent six high-dose chemotherapy cycles, and achieved remission. He was happy to be at home and enjoy life. Unfortunately, after 9 months of follow-up tests, something appeared to be wrong with his bone marrow. It turned out that Vadim developed secondary chronic myeloproliferative disease, caused by chemotherapy. The only treatment for this condition is bone marrow transplantation from a donor, and it is not done in his home country. Vadim's chance to live is very expensive. His family received a bill from a hospital in Italy for bone marrow transplantation for 120,000 euros. For Vadim's family, it is a lifetime of earnings.
We receive requests for help with stories like Vadim's every week, from many countries of the former Soviet Union. This project helps us contribute to these families' fundraising efforts and allow them beat seemingly impossible odds. On Wednesday, May 13th you can help us earn more and support more patients by donating during Bonus Day. Between 09:00:01 EDT and 23:59:59 EDT (or between 16:00 Wednesday and 7:00 Thursday Moscow time) all donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus from GlobalGiving. The exact percentage of the bonus will be determined after the Bonus Day, based on total amount raised.
Thanks again for your kindness and support!
During 2014 our project helped 7 cancer patients from the former Soviet Union with the costs of lodging when they traveled abroad for access to quality care. The patients varied from a two-year-old boy from Russia to a 60-year-old grandmother from Uzbekistan. Uniting all of them was the cancer diagnosis and the lack of adequate treatment options at home. Thanks to supporters like you they were able to travel abroad and receive appropriate therapy.
So far this year we have been able to support another young patient, Alikhan from Kazakhstan. This 4-year-old has already been fighting leukemia for over a year. The disease retreated after the initial treatment, but remission was short, and he relapsed after just four months. He now needs to undergo transplantation of bone marrow from one of his parents, and this procedure is not done in his home country. Although the government of Kazakhstan paid a portion of the costs of treatment, it does not help with the travel and lodging expenses. Our support covered a month of lodging for the family, and they are very grateful for the reduced financial burden.
Woud you like to help more patients like Alikhan? Then donate today, March 18th, during GlobalGiving Bonus Day! Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get a 30% bonus - but only while the funds last. So donate early - the matching starts at 8 am CDT.
Thank you for staying with us!