Dear friends, thank you for your continuous support!
We are proud to announce that Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment was selected as Project of the Month by GlobalGiving! It will be hosted on the GlobalGiving’s homepage for one month and we hope that it will raise additional attention to the needs of children that we are serving.
We have previously written about Elyor, 1 year old boy from Uzbekistan. Thanks to your support, Elyor has finished radiation therapy in Germany in the beginning of May, but will need to travel back for checkups every 4-6 weeks. Last year, the total cost of treatment and travel easily exceeded family’s entire earnings. Your support will alleviate the family’s financial burden and help ensure that Elyor gets uninterrupted treatment.
Amir, a 4-year-old from Russia, is another patient with the similar diagnosis. In 2011, he had retinoblastoma surgery at the same clinic in Essen. Unfortunately, his right eye was removed but doctors were able to save Amir’s left eye. His mom works as a system administrator at education center for disabled children and makes about $250 a month, whereas each trip to Germany costs them up to 3,500 Euro. They need to frequently travel to Germany to make sure the disease is not progressing.
We hope that you continue supporting children like Elyor and Amir. Unfortunately, there is no adequate medical infrastructure to treat them at home. Our project aims to fill this gap and we are truly grateful for your ongoing support!
While Slava, with your support, is about to travel to Cincinnati, two girls from Ukraine are already undergoing treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. We invite you to look at their profiles.
Solomia is 5 years old. From the age of 3, she has been suffering from neuroblastoma that caused her severe bone pain. After a delay with diagnosis, she finally began treatment in Lviv, Ukraine. When she finished four cycles of chemotherapy, the doctors recommended to continue treatment in Israel. After scraping up money for a deposit, Solomia and her parents flew to Israel where standard regimen for neuroblastoma was completed. Solomia achieved remission, but to maintain it, she needed therapy with antibodies available in Europe. Unfortunately, while her parents once again were trying to raise more money, Solomia relapsed. The chemotherapy did not work anymore. Doctors in Israel recommended MIBG, a new therapy available in Europe or US. Again, Solomia and her parents had to fly to another country. They came to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, one of a few US hospitals where MIBG is available. The cost of treatment will be very high.
Sofia is 3 years old. In June 2011, she was diagnosed with a sarcoma of brain. Her parents sold their apartment in just four days and flew to Israel to start treatment. They were determined to save their only child. In Israel, Sofia underwent surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the tumor began to grow back after almost a year of treatment. The family began looking elsewhere for further therapy. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital accepted Sofia. There, the diagnosis was changed to PNET. Since coming to the US, Sofia underwent proton radiation, which allowed for more targeted therapy. She also began chemotherapy. The treatment is expected to take a long time, and Sofia’s family needs help to afford it.
Please support Solomia and Sofia, and help them complete their treatment!
Our project aims to help children with cancer from the former Soviet Union and make high quality cancer treatment more accessible.
Slava Voroshilov is a 6-year-old from Ukraine. He comes from a region affected in the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Slava suffers from relapse of neuroblastoma, common childhood solid tumor. He was initially diagnosed in spring of 2009. His friends and family raised funds for his treatment in Italy, and Slava achieved remission after many months of therapy. Unfortunately, he relapsed a year later. This time treatment in Italy did not result in remission, and Slava’s family began looking elsewhere. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital had offered a treatment plan, but Slava needs to begin therapy quickly to stop disease progression. Please help Slava get well.
Thank you for your support throughout 2012 year. It has been a challenging year for our patients and their families and we appreciate your compassionate involvement in their lives. Although we did not raise as much as we have planned via this project, we were still able to help the following children as an organization: Alina Baurciulu – $1000, Arina Limanchikova – $1000, Maxim Kim – $1000, and Elyor Babaev – $900.
We sincerely thank you for all your contribution and hope on your continuous support in 2013. From all our team, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a healthful, prosperous new year!
Advita Fund USA, Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment
Thank you for supporting Elyor Babaev from Uzbekistan. Elyor has retinoblastoma, an eye cancer. This type of disease is not treated in Uzbekistan so family had to look for medical care abroad. Elyor has been treated at the Children's Oncology Center in Essen, Germany.
As of October 2012, Elyor has finished six blocks of chemotherapy and went home to Uzbekistan to recover. It is unclear at the moment whether he will need another therapy. Doctors will want to see Elyor back to Germany every 4 - 6 weeks for checkup. The overall time for recovery and checkup may take up to 2 years. Unfortunately, Uzbekistan has no medical facilities or personnel to monitor Elyor's health. His parents, of course, are committed to do everything possible to save their little son. Each trip to Germany and outpatient treatment will cost them a lot. We will be assisting Elyor and his family throughout this period and will greatly rely on your continuous support!
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