This Wednesday, the last Bonus day of the year will offer a great opportunity to multiply your impact on someone's life. It may be a child or an adult with cancer from a country far away. Most likely, you will never get to meet them. Still, your gift could be that crucial tipping point that makes all the difference in their lives.
Consider the case of our patient, Marina K. from Moscow. Two years ago, she was told that her melanoma became metastatic and there is no treatment that would help her. Luckily, a new medication that modulated immune system began clinical trials in European and American clinics at about the same time. Marina was able to enroll in the study in Italy, and even though it required her to travel back and forth every two weeks, there was simply no other choice that offered any hope.
Then another tragedy struck. Ten months into treatment, Marina's husband passed away. She was left alone, without any income, and about a year more to go on her study. Marina had to apply for help with charities. There aren't many charities supporting adults in Russia, and hardly any help patients who have to travel abroad. We were the only one with the programs that support patients like Marina. Thanks to donors like you, we were able to help Marina with the costs of travel and lodging. She is still remaining on the study. In a few months, Marina is expected to complete her participation and we are very hopeful that she will be in a long-term remission from cancer.
If you would like to help more patients like Marina, join us on Wednesday, September 16th, starting at 9 am EDT. All donations of $1,000 or less will receive a 30% match from GlobalGiving, but only until bonus funds last. So donate early and grab that bonus for our patients :)
Thanks again for all your help!
Recently we were able to help Dmitry, a young man from St. Petersburg, who is studying to become a geologist. His disease first appeared back in 2011, when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. After numerous cycles of chemotherapy, he needed transplantation of his own stem cells, as well as maintenance therapy with an expensive new drug. Another option was to undergo transplantation from a donor, but a good match was not found in the donor regsitries around the world.
Unfortunately, Dima's disease recurred last year. But this time, a donor search found a few potential donors, and now Dima has a hope that lymphoma will finally be beaten. Thanks to your donations, we were able to contribute 2,000 euros to the donor search costs. We are so grateful to our supporters for giving Dima a chance to live!
If you would like to help more patients like Dima, join us on September 16th during the last Bonus Day of the year. All donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus of 30%. Mark your calendars and donate early, before the bonus funds run out. The Bonus Day starts at 9 am Eastern time, or 16:00 Moscow time. And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win extra awards for the most donors.
Thanks for your support!
Two months ago, we received a letter from Mara. Her baby son Mikael was little more than a year old. But instead of celebrating his first birthday, his family was scrambling to raise funds for life-saving treatment. Just weeks earlier, Mikael was diagnosed with a large liver tumor, hepatoblastoma. His parents took Mikael for treatment in a clinic in Munich, Germany. Proposed treatment plan included several cycles of chemotherapy and surgery. During consultations with the best doctors in their native Armenia, Mikael's parents were told that curability of this type of cancer is much higher (90-95%) in German clinics compared to the ones in Armenia where proper treatment is not provided due to low quality of equipment, medications and treatment protocols. Although at first Mikael's parents expected to be able to afford the treatment, they soon realized that they needed support of others to pay for all the bills.
We used $1,029 of the funds raised in this project to support Mikael and his family. And a few days ago, Mara shared the great news: "I am the happiest mom on earth now! My son is cancer free! Five blocks of chemotherapy, difficult surgery, fever, pain, sleepless nights and days full of stress but never despair are all behind now. With all the prayers, God's will and professionalism of his doctors - surgeons and oncologists, and good care of the nurses he recovered from his deadly disease. The tumor that was poisoning him from inside was removed completely and all other indicators are said to be OK, meaning he has no cancer cells anymore..."
Thanks again for your support got little patients like Mikael! We hope to bring you many more great stories like this one!