Our latest Bonus Day has been very successful! We raised and transferred 4,400 euros to the bone marrow donor registry in Germany to support Andrei Filinsky, a physicist and mathematician from St. Petersburg. Andrei suffers from a recurrence of lymphoma, and stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor is now his only chance to beat his disease. He is now one step closer to receiving this life-saving treatment. Thanks again!
Would you like to help more patients like Andrei? There are currently 24 patients in St. Petersburg who cannot afford to pay for the donor search in registries abroad and need our support. And now you can do more to help them.
From December 1 through December 31, 2015, GlobalGiving will be running its annual Recurring Match Campaign. The campaign will launch on one of the largest globally celebrated giving days of the year, #GivingTuesday. This day is for embracing the holiday spirit and giving back to those who need our help. A recurring monthly donation is one of the best ways to help: not only it is a reliable source of funds for the patients, but also an easy way for our supporters to make a difference: just set it up once, and you are done!
Here are a few rules to keep in mind:
We are thankful for your support for the patients and wishing you a great holiday season!
Thank you for staying with our project. We continue supporting children with cancer who have limited or no access to the modern treatments.
Andrii is one of these children. He is a 10-year-old from a small town in Poltava region in Ukraine. Like many other kids of his age, he likes outdoors, playing soccer and riding a bicycle. In March 2015 Andrii's leg started to ache and soon he became unable to stand on it. A biopsy was done, followed by surgery to replace his hip with a prosthetic. Andrii spent half a year in the cast that extended from his leg all the way to his stomach. In May Andrii was started on antibiotics but his condition continued to deteriorate. The hospitals in Ukraine could not perform necessary diagnostics and his parents decided to bring him to Israel for treatment. There he was diagnosed with stage IV anaplastic lymphoma. Andrii had chemotherapy and will need a surgery to recover his legs' functioning, as well as rehabilitation course. The initial stage of treatment was covered by parents' own savings but by now they have run out of money. Andrii's dad is the only source of family income, as the mom is staying with Andrii. He is the only child in the family.
Andrii dreamt about joining a soccer club before illness and speaks about it often. Please help him finish his treatment so he could get back to soccer as a healthy boy again.
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!