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.
In August we passed an impressive mark - reaching 1,000 donations to our project! We are immensely grateful to everyone who has been so kind and caring and helped people in need get a chance to live.
Since our last update, we have used donations to the project to help two more patients. One of them is Alexei from Mordovia. He is a doting grandfather, a supportive husband and loving father. Alexei was diagnosed with chronic leukemia 10 years ago. Since then his family did everything they could to find money for the treatment and medications. However, bone marrow transplantation was the only curative option. Thanks to your help, Alexei was able find a matching donor and undergo transplantation. He is now doing well.
If you would like to do more for patients like Alexei, you can start your own fundraiser during the month of September. It can be tied to any event, such as a birthday, anniversary, or tribute to a loved one. You can even earn a reward from Global Giving - JetBlue tickets, a flip cam, or a Nike messenger bag, if you are one of the top three fundraisers. In addition, Global Giving will give $3,500 in financial bonus awards to the organizations with the most successful fundraisers.
You can read step-by-step instructions here: http://help.globalgiving.org/s/how-to/m/donate/l/131862-how-to-start-a-globalgiving-fundraiser
Or read fundraiser success stories for inspiration and helpful advice: http://tools.blog.globalgiving.org/2013/08/05/successful-fundraiser-case-studies/
Thank you for everything that you do!
David is a 5-year-old from Siberia. He is a lively, happy child who loves cars and stuffed toys. David normally has so much energy that he has a hard time sitting still or being quiet. But these days, he is much more subdued. David has been in Houston, Texas since June. He has a very aggressive type of sarcoma that is rarely curable. This is why he had to travel all the way to Houston from Siberia: MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a procedure that combines chemotherapy and surgery. In some cases, it led to long-term remissions in children of David's age.
David has already had the surgery. He is now recovering from it, while at the same time undergoing more chemotherapy and radiation therapy to strenghen the results. Ronald McDonald House is David's home away from home. It's a convenient, happy place that provides all the comforts of a home to families of seriously sick children. Whenever possible, we help patients find lodging in low-cost, but high-value lodging options, like Ronald McDonald house.
Thanks again for your support! Please consider signing up for a recurring donation to help patients like David.