Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!

Jul 15, 2014

Is More Always Better?

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!  

May 5, 2014

Where You Support Went


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!

Feb 12, 2014

30% More Impact!

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:

Thanks for your support and feel free to share this report with your friends.  We can always use more volunteer help!


Dec 13, 2013

Rounding up the year

Irina and Alexander
Irina and Alexander

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! 


Oct 8, 2013

Bonus Day on October 9th!


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.

Thanks again!

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Advita Fund USA

Houston, Texas, United States

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Marina Ouano

Houston, TX United States

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