As the year is coming to an end, we would like to update you on our progress. Our project's goal has been to help 10 patients a year, and to date, we have been able to support 6 patients with lodging and travel costs.
Most recently, we gave a check for $1000 to Slava's family, whose story we included in our last report. Slava is 7 years old and has already been in treatment for cancer for almost 5 years. During that time, he rarely lived at home. First, he traveled to Kiev from his home town of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, then to Moscow for consultations, and to Genoa, Italy after doctors in Kiev could not stop cancer progression. After successful treatment in Italy, Slava was in remission for a year. But then came relapse and the family was on the road again, to find even more sophisticated therapy. Slava is currently in Houston, TX and will need to remain here for treatment. Thanks again for your support for Slava and patients like him.
Global Giving offers an easy way to sign up for recurring donations, and starting December 20, they began offering recurring donation matches. They will contribute the amount of your monthly donation if you donate for 3 consecutive months, up to a limit of $200 per person. Check out this detailed explanation. It will be available for the last 12 days of the year only (until December 31)!
Thanks again for your kindness! Have a joyful holiday season!
Little Slava is from Ukraine. He is a sweet and soft-spoken 7-year-old boy who loves stuffed animals. Slava has been staying in Houston with his parents since March 2013. He has a relapse of cancer that doctors are unable to treat in his home country, and his parents brought him to MD Anderson Cancer Center that offered several chemotherapy options. Recent tests showed that Slava is responding to treatment, and he was recommended to continue the same regimen. Slava may have to stay in Houston for many more months, and the family needs our support to afford lodging.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the last Bonus Day of the year will present an opportunity to get a 30% bonus on every donation (up to $1,000) from GlobalGiving. The projects that raise the most funds or attract the most donors, will get additional $1,000 bonuses. Support us on Wednesday to stretch the impact of your donation! Make sure to donate early to take advantage of the bonus.
Thanks again for your support for Slava and other cancer patients!
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.
Nine months ago, 12-year old Ksenia came to Houston from Siberia for treatment for her very rare type of cancer. Now, after several rounds of chemotherapy and extensive surgery, she is finally allowed to go home. All this time Ksenia stayed at Ronald McDonald House that provided her with comfort of a home away from home, at a low cost. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to contribute $500 to Ksenia's lodging expenses and lessen her family's financial burden.
If you would like to support patients like Ksenia, you can donate to our project on Wednesday, June 12th, during Bonus Day campaign. As a Superstar project, we will receive a bonus match of 50% on every donation of up to $1000 per donor. It's a great opportunity to increase your impact! The Bonus Day starts at 9 am EDT or 17:00 Moscow time.
Anna is 5 years old. Originally from Ukraine, she had to be taken to Germany for treatment after she had a relapse of cancer. Anna has been fighting cancer for half of her life - and now she and her parents can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. She is starting maintenance therapy that is designed to increase her chances of sustained remission. For the next six months, Anna will receive injections of antibodies. The therapy often results in pain and other side effects, and Anna needs to remain in Germany while she is being treated. Anna's mom is looking after her siblings in Ukraine, while her dad is taking care of her in Germany. The money for Anna's treatment has been raised, but she and her dad still need help with lodging expenses.
If you would like to help patients like Anna, please donate to our project now, or mark your calendar and return on Wednesday, June 12th. On that day, GlobalGiving will match all donations up to $1000! Since we earned Superstar rating, our project will get a 50% bonus. The contest will start at 9 am EDT and will last until the matching funds run out.
Thank you for your support!
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