Our new little patient is a 2.5 year-old Maxim from an eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude. Maxim was born premature, but he quickly caught up with his peers and was developing well. But then, at 18 months of age, Maxim's parents noticed an odd glow in his left eye. After the tests, retinoblastoma (retina cancer) was discovered in both of his eyes. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save Maxim's left eye and it was removed surgically. The doctors also predicted that Maxim's right eye would lose vision after undergoing laser therapy.
Maxim's parents decided to get a second opinion and traveled to Memorial Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There Maxim received chemotherapy that shattered the tumor and laser therapy on remaining small lesions. The therapy was successful and Maxim is now recovering. He will also need to be followed closely for the next few years to ensure any recurrence is discovered and treated promptly.
Please help us support Maxim's family with their travel expenses to New York City! During upcoming Bonus Day on Wednesday, October 15th, your donation will be matched 30%. Donate early - starting at 9 am EDT - to make sure your donation makes even more difference.
Thank you for your support!
We have some good news to share. In June we helped a young man from Dagestan travel to Italy for surgery on his spine. Five years ago Mansur hurt his back while playing soccer, and since then he has been suffering from increasing weakness in his legs that left him in a wheelchair by 19 years of age.
Over time, Mansur traveled to over a dozen of clinics around Russia, but none of them was able to offer anything other than physical therapy. We helped Mansur find a specialist in Italy who recommended surgery to strengthen his spine and prevent further deterioration. After the procedure Mansur's condition improved significantly: he no longer has seizures or back pains, and can walk on his own. With appropriate rehabilitation, he should continue to improve over time.
We were happy to help Mansur with the costs of lodging while in Italy and wish him complete recovery. Your support made a very tangible difference for this young man. Thank you very much!
On July 16th you can make even more impact during Bonus day. All donations of $1000 or less will earn 50% bonus. So donate early - starting at 9 am EDT - as bonus funds tend to run out quickly. And if you like what we do, tell your friends!
Thanks again for everything that you do.
In March we shared a story of Oleg, a 4-year old treated in Germany. Your donation allowed us to help his family with the costs of lodging. In April we transferred 600 euros to Oleg's parents, which covered almost 2 months of apartment rent. They were very grateful and asked us to thank everyone for their care and support!
In April we also helped another young patient, Matvei, who came to Houston from a city in Siberia. Matvei has received initial treatment in Russia, but uncertain lesions remained and opinions were split on the best course of action. His family brought Matvei for a consultation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and after an evaluation and a short-term stay Matvei was cleared to go home. We helped Matvei with a hotel stay for the first two days in the city. He is a delightful little boy and it was a joy to meet him.
Thanks again for your support of our lodging project! It makes a significant, tangible difference to our patients and we are proud to be a part of it. If you feel the same, please spread the word!
We have recently received a new request for help from a family of a little Russian boy who is currently treated in Germany. Oleg is 4 years old. He was a happy and active kid who loved toy cars, robots and dinosaurs, until two years ago when he suddenly got fever and stomachache, and became naseous. A large abdominal tumor was discovered at ultrasound examination. And then treatment began - it included three surgeries, 8 cycles of chemotherapy and 12 sessions of radiation therapy. After one of the surgeries, Oleg lost 90% of his blood and got infected with hepatitis B in transfused blood. Eventually, he achieved remission - but only for two months. After relapse, his doctors suggested traveling abroad for further treatment, as Russia lacks such modern approaches as MIBG therapy, widely used in Europe.
Oleg's parents are young people who could not pay full costs of cancer treatment in another country. Fortunately, a large Russian charity stepped in and agreed to sponsor Oleg's hospital bills. Recently Oleg and his mom arrived at Greifswald, Germany. The University Hospital of Greifswald specializes in treating children with the type of cancer Oleg has, but it will take a long time and much effort. Oleg's family will need to remain there on treatment for at least six more months, and they need to raise funds to afford long-term lodging. Please help us support Oleg's family in their fight for their son.
Thanks again for your support for our patients!
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.
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Thanks again for your kindness! Have a joyful holiday season!
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