As the year is coming to an end, we would like to update you on our progress. Our project's goal has been to help 10 patients a year, and to date, we have been able to support 6 patients with lodging and travel costs.
Most recently, we gave a check for $1000 to Slava's family, whose story we included in our last report. Slava is 7 years old and has already been in treatment for cancer for almost 5 years. During that time, he rarely lived at home. First, he traveled to Kiev from his home town of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, then to Moscow for consultations, and to Genoa, Italy after doctors in Kiev could not stop cancer progression. After successful treatment in Italy, Slava was in remission for a year. But then came relapse and the family was on the road again, to find even more sophisticated therapy. Slava is currently in Houston, TX and will need to remain here for treatment. Thanks again for your support for Slava and patients like him.
Global Giving offers an easy way to sign up for recurring donations, and starting December 20, they began offering recurring donation matches. They will contribute the amount of your monthly donation if you donate for 3 consecutive months, up to a limit of $200 per person. Check out this detailed explanation. It will be available for the last 12 days of the year only (until December 31)!
Thanks again for your kindness! Have a joyful holiday season!
It's time to report on October Bonus day! During October we raised $9,357 that allowed us to help two cancer patients with the large outstanding bills from the donor registry.
One of them is Irina, a young woman with degrees in engineering and psychology. A year ago she was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia/lymphoma. Bone marrow transplant that she received in April helped reduce her risk of relapse. She is doing well and recently returned to work. Another patient is Alexander, a single father of two boys, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. He is now in remission and waiting for the donor to be found.
Thank you for helping these patients get the life-saving treatment! There are two more great opportunities this month to increase the impact of your donation.
- Year-End Giving challenge: projects with at least 30 donors and $3,000 in donations in December will be able to compete for 9 prizes ranging from $500 to $3,000.
- Recurring donation match: Global Giving will give us the amount of your monthly donation if you donate for 3 consecutive months. Check out this detailed explanation. It will be available for the last 12 days of the year only (from December 20 to December 31)!
Thanks again for supporting the cancer patients! Have a joyful holiday season!
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!