In May our project participated in the Bonus day. A new approach was taken: while all donations made within a certain period were eligible for the bonus, the percentage was not known until two days later. We raised the total of $1,807 and the bonus amounted to 25.91%. Thank you everyone who participated! And take a note of even better opportunity coming up in July: on July 15th, as a Superstar project, we will be able to get a 50% match to the donations. Stay tuned for more information!
So where did we use the money raised? In March we transferred over $5,600 for donor search for Nikolay, an ambulance driver from Krasnodarsky krai, whose story we shared on our Facebook page.
And recently we transferred $12,425 for the donor search for Anton, a young engineer, who has lived his whole life in Perm, a city in the Urals. Anton is an avid aquarium hobbyist, a builder, and a walking encyclopedia, according to his wife. They have met when they were both 30, and were very happy together. But just months after the wedding, Anton was diagnosed with a blood disorder: myelodysplastic syndrome, refractory anemia. In the last three years Anton received 10 rounds of chemotherapy and many cycles of less toxic maintenance chemotherapy. Unfortunately, in June of 2014 he had a relapse. His only chance to overcome the disease is bone marrow transplant from a donor. Initially, there were no matching donors in the international registry or among his relatives. Anton had to begin therapy with a very expensive new drug, which exhaused any resources the young family had. And recently, after another search in the registry, several new potential matching donors were found. We are hopeful that Anton can now have a chance for transplant and will get his life back soon.
Thanks for your support, and have a great summer!
In 2014 we were able to provide help to 12 patients who underwent transplantations in St. Petersburg, and we spend over $68,000 on bone marrow donor searches! In addition, the number of donors who signed up for monthly donations has increased. Fortunately, even in times of crisis affecting many of our supporters, we were able to continue helping low-income cancer patients with access to life-saving treatments.
Since January, we have helped 3 young patients with blood cancers. One of them is 20-year-old Nikita from Moscow. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma 4 years ago, he had numerous cycles of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and stem cell transplant, but his disease kept coming back. Bone marrow transplant from a donor was his only remaining option. A donor had to be located abroad, as neither of his two brothers was a match. Eventually, a donor was found in the US, and in February Nikita received the bone marrow transplant. He is now recovering and feeling quite well.
Would you like to hear more stories like this one? Then mark your calendars and join us next Wednesday, March 18th, for GlobalGiving Bonus Day! Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get 30% bonus - but only while the bonus funds last. So don't delay, and donate early! The matching starts at 8 am CDT, or 16:00 Moscow time. And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win $1,000 bonus for the most donations, or the most funds raised.
Many thanks for your kindness,
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!
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