As we are entering the season of joy, we would like to send our best holiday wishes to our friends around the world who have made our project such a success. This year our project had crossed $100,000 mark in donations! Since inception, we have helped 52 patients with paying for donor searches in foreign registries. These are the 52 lives that were made better by your generosity and kindness.
I wish I could say we are close to the victory. However, there is still no progress in growing a registry of native donors in Russia, and the government still denies paying for the donor searches in other countries. Therefore, it falls to us to help the patients get their health back.
If you can donate to our project this month, we may be able to win prizes during a month-long Holiday challenge. Ten best projects will get extra bonuses for the most number of donors and largest amounts raised. We will very much appreciate your support, as there are still dozens of patients whose lives are at risk due to lack of money.
Here is one story. Elena is a 14-year old from a city of Abakan in Siberia. She is a good student and she loves to cook. When she grows up Elena hopes to become a chef in her own restaurant. But to achieve her dream, she needs to beat her illness first. In February 2014 Elena started feeling unwell and her lymph nodes enlarged. Turned out that she had a rare type of leukemia, which can only be overcome by bone marrow transplant from a donor. Since Elena has no match in her family, she needs to find one in registries abroad. Her mom left her job to care for Elena, and her grandparents are retired. They need our help to be able to pay for the donor search. Please help Elena and others like her!
Many thanks from everyone in our team! Have a great New Year!
The latest beneficiaries of your support are two young women, Oksana and Marina. Oksana is a student from Samara region. She was initially diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2011. The treatment eventually brought her into remission, but unfortunately, it only lasted 9 months. Since then Oksana went through more chemotherapy and transplantation of her own stem cells, but her disease continued to progress. Now she needs even more difficult treatment - transplant from an unrelated donor, as there is no matching donor in Oksana's family. Thanks to the extra funds raised during Bonus day in July, we were able to forward 10,000 euros for Oksana's donor search.
Marina has a very similar story. She too had a particularly aggressive lymphoma that did not respond well to treatment and recurred several times. This year she began therapy with a new drug that helped bring her disease under control, and that allowed her to begin considering transplant from a donor to help sustain the results of treatment. A donor was found in the US, and we hope Marina will proceed to transplantation soon.
We are very grateful to everyone who has helped these young ladies and many other patients since this project started. Please consider supporting us again on Wednesday, October 15th, the last Bonus day of the year. Once again, we will get 30% match on all donations up to $1000, and we have a chance to win additional bonuses - for the most funds raised, as well as for the most participants. Donate early - the contest starts at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time).
Thank you for everything you do!
Some things are enjoyed in moderation. But when it comes to helping patients with cancer, more money translates into better care and better outcomes. And we know of a perfect opportunity to stretch your generous donation to even more impressive size. Join us during Bonus Day on Wednesday, July 16th and see your donation grow 50% more!
Just once a year Global Giving rewards its "Superstar" projects with an opportunity to earn 50% bonus on all donations that are $1000 or less. The timing is great, as summer is a traditionally slow season for fundraising, while the patients still need our help just as much as in any other season. Right now, 50 patients awaiting bone marrow transplants in St. Petersburg cannot pay their bill for bone marrow donor search. It means that a life-saving transplant could be postponed for some of them and the success of the procedure jeopardized.
Thanks to you support, this year we already helped seven low-income patients with the costs of bone marrow donor searches. And we would love to do more, but we need your help. Russian healthcare does not cover the cost of donor searches outside of Russia, and it's up to us, private donors, to ensure that patients get a chance to live. The Bonus day starts at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time) on Wednesday, July 16th. The bonus funds usually run out quickly, so donate early and let your friends know of this opportunity. Thank you for your support!
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!
Valentine's Day is coming up this week! We would like to take this opportunity to tell our supporters how special they are to us. And we hope the feeling is mutual!
Today you can increase your impact by 30% by donating early and getting a bonus match from Global Giving. The bonus day starts at 9 am ET (or 18:00 Moscow time), and lasts until midnight (or 9 am Moscow time on February 13th), or until the bonus funds run out. Any donation of $1,000 or less will receive 30% match.
The money raised will go to some of the neediest leukemia patients in St. Petersburg who are awaiting transplants from unrelated donors. Currently, six of them have not paid the first installment to the donor registry - which means the search was not started. Since there is usually a very short window in which patients should be transplanted, it is very important to start the donor search as soon as possible.
You can see complete list of patients and read their stories here: http://advita.ru/en/
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