We have some good news to share. In June we helped a young man from Dagestan travel to Italy for surgery on his spine. Five years ago Mansur hurt his back while playing soccer, and since then he has been suffering from increasing weakness in his legs that left him in a wheelchair by 19 years of age.
Over time, Mansur traveled to over a dozen of clinics around Russia, but none of them was able to offer anything other than physical therapy. We helped Mansur find a specialist in Italy who recommended surgery to strengthen his spine and prevent further deterioration. After the procedure Mansur's condition improved significantly: he no longer has seizures or back pains, and can walk on his own. With appropriate rehabilitation, he should continue to improve over time.
We were happy to help Mansur with the costs of lodging while in Italy and wish him complete recovery. Your support made a very tangible difference for this young man. Thank you very much!
On July 16th you can make even more impact during Bonus day. All donations of $1000 or less will earn 50% bonus. So donate early - starting at 9 am EDT - as bonus funds tend to run out quickly. And if you like what we do, tell your friends!
Thanks again for everything that you do.
In March we shared a story of Oleg, a 4-year old treated in Germany. Your donation allowed us to help his family with the costs of lodging. In April we transferred 600 euros to Oleg's parents, which covered almost 2 months of apartment rent. They were very grateful and asked us to thank everyone for their care and support!
In April we also helped another young patient, Matvei, who came to Houston from a city in Siberia. Matvei has received initial treatment in Russia, but uncertain lesions remained and opinions were split on the best course of action. His family brought Matvei for a consultation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and after an evaluation and a short-term stay Matvei was cleared to go home. We helped Matvei with a hotel stay for the first two days in the city. He is a delightful little boy and it was a joy to meet him.
Thanks again for your support of our lodging project! It makes a significant, tangible difference to our patients and we are proud to be a part of it. If you feel the same, please spread the word!
In February we had a fantastic month: we won an extra $1,000 for having the most donors during the Bonus Day. Overall, we raised $12,356 in donations and bonuses from 204 people like you.
We used the money to help two young ladies with the costs of finding their donors in foreign registries. Here are their stories:
Marina is a law student from Yoshkar-Ola. She was first diagnosed with leukemia when she was in the 5th grade. She had chemotherapy for nine months, then two more years of maintenance chemotherapy. She had to quit ballroom dancing and be schooled at home. Despite her best efforts, disease returned again in 2009, and then again in 2013. This is Marina's third recurrence of leukemia. At this point, only bone marrow transplant gives her a chance of cure. She underwent procedure on April 4th and is now recovering.
Anastasia lives in Kurgan. She is a finance professional and loves literature and movies. In 2011 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma that frequently affects young people. Although it is highly curable, Anastasia was one of the few unlucky patients who relapsed. She is now undergoing chemotherapy in attempt to bring her to remission and undergo transplantation of stem cells.
We are hoping these two ladies will do well. Thank you for supporting them in their fight!
If you would like to participate again in a Bonus Day, it is coming up on May 7th. All donations (up to $1,000) will be matched 30% by Global Giving. As usual, there will be extra bonuses for most money raised and the largest number of donors. Make sure to donate after the Bonus Day starts - at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time).
Don't forget to tell your friends for even larger impact - and more lives saved. Thanks!