In our last report we shared the story of Slava, a young Ukrainian boy. Thanks to your support, we were able to help his family with treatment-related expenses in the amount of $1,000. Slava's mom is sincerely grateful to everyone who had contributed!
We have recently had two more new arrivals in Houston: two little girls from Moscow and Uzbekistan have come for evaluation and treatment for cancer. They too need support, and we have already helped them with getting cell phones, finding lodging, and getting second opinions. More help may be needed in the future, and we will appreciate your continuing support.
One of the best ways to do so is to sign up for recurring donations: simpy click on "Monthly recurring" tab on the donation sidebar. In addition, a Bonus Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 12th. Starting at 9 am EDT, all donations made on that day (up to $1,000) will be matched at 30%, until the matching fund runs out. This is a great way to increase your impact and do more for children with cancer. Mark your calendars and donate early on February 12th!
What do you usually expect from a 7-years old boy? You expect him to be funny, curious, a dreamer, expect him to play pirates with his friends and be carried away by adventure stories.
Slava is 7 and he is just like you expect him to be. He is a dreamer. He dreams about going back home, going to school and be like everybody else. He has so much to tell his friends about countries he has been! But the only thing Slava would like to forget is hospitals.
In the age of 3 common Ukrainian boy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and his life has changed since. All these years best Italian, Russian and Ukrainian doctors have been fighting for Slava. They did all they could, and cancer was stopped, but then Slava relapsed. And now since march 2013 Americans doctors from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston take care of a boy. They have a plan how to beat his cancer and this is a really good plan! Now Slava's body is responding to treatment, he is getting better, he is fighting.
The only thing is that this good plan needs lots of money, and Slava's family can't afford it, but you can!
Your donations can help Slava access treatment and beat cancer so he could happily get back home to his friends and books!
Thank you for you support! Together we can help Slava reach his dreams.Because he is just a 7-year old boy, a dreamer who thinks that everything in the world is possible!
In June our project was selected as a Project of the Month and was hosted on GlobalGiving's homepage. We will be receiving close to $5,000 from our participation in Project of the Month at the end of July.Here is where the money will go:In May we introduced Amir, a 4-year-old boy who had surgery on his eye due to retinoblastoma. Recently, Amir came back from Germany where he had a planned examination. His family shared good news: the residual tumor had become flat and barely visible. The oncologists could not see any new cancer growth. Amir's blood test results were also good.We continued assisting Elyor's family. We recently made a partial payment to the hospital in Germany to help them with the costs of treatment for previously discovered new lesions. In May Elyor underwent radiation therapy to get them under control. He is currently in Germany again to undergo tests to check for any changes in his condition. Thank you for your support of children with cancer!
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!
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