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!
Bonus Day is on Wednesday, June 12th! Starting at 8 am CT (or 17:00 Moscow time), all donations (less than $1,000 per donor) will be matched by GlobalGiving. Our projects are ranked "Superstar", which means we get the highest match: 50%. It's a rare opportunity to multiply your impact, so make sure to participate. Even a nominal donation will help too - a project with the highest number of donors can get an additional bonus of $1,000.
Dozens of patients in St. Petersburg currently need help with paying off the bills for bone marrow donor searches. A few are still raising funds for the first installment that will help initiate the search. One of these patients is Arcady, a teen who has been fighting leukemia for the last 2 years. He recently had an early relapse, and bone marrow transplant is his only hope for cure. His parents earn modest income and their savings were drained during the years of their son's illness.
Join us on Wednesday and help give hope to Arcady and patients like him.
In March we raised over $8,000 for bone marrow donor searches during a Bonus Day on Global Giving. We had a record number of donors! Here is where the money went:
Thank you so much for your support! We hope to raise even more in the next Bonus Day that is coming up in June (we will be getting a 50% bonus as a Superstar project)!
Stay tuned. :)
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