Last time we asked for your help for Ostap, a young boy from Ukraine. Fortunately, his family had an outpouring of support and were able to raise all the needed funds on their own. We used your donations to help two other children, 8-year-old girls from Russia: Almira from Buryatia, who needed to travel to Germany to ensure her leukemia remains in remission and Nina from Stavropol, who had to travel to Israel to receive an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment for lymphoma.
Our most recent patient is Arina from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. For the last 6 years she has been suffering from neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of pediatric cancer. In 2009, she had the initial surgery and chemotherapy for a large abdominal tumor. Unfortunately, she relapsed just a few months later. The retesting of the tumor showed that the diagnosis was not correct and she did not receive the right therapy. The treatment was restarted, and Arina needed to undergo 8 more intensive chemotherapy cycles, followed by a maintenance regimen. Yet, disease returned again and spread to Arina's brain. More chemotherapy followed, which helped control cancer, but also made it more difficult for Arina to recover after each cycle. Seeking alternatives, Arina's parents learned about a novel way to fight neuroblastoma that was available in Germany and decided to take a chance. Although Arina had a hard time tolerating immunotherapy, after six months she finally achieved remission. Upon return home to Krasnoyarsk she was able to start school and enjoy a normal life. Regular visits to Germany for evaluations allowed her doctors to detect even tiniest changes in her condition. Most recently, Arina was found to have an small but active lesion in her head. Due to its difficult location, it is not easy to treat, but the doctors are hopeful. They are offering Arina to undergo bone marrow transplant from a donor, which may give her a chance for a sustained remission. However, the cost of treatment is very high, and Arina's family is doing all they can to raise the money.
One great way to help patients like Arina is to sign up for recurring donations - that way we can ensure that no matter when a patient needs help, we have the funds to help them. You can sign up at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-children-with-cancer-access-treatment/?show=recurring
Thanks again for everything you do!
Yulia is a young woman from a Siberian city of Barnaul. After graduating from college she worked at politology department of a local university. But in January 2015 she started having pelvic pains. After seeing several specialists and having numerous tests that stretched for several months, she was discovered to have a mailignant tumor in her pelvis. However, the local oncologists lacked experience and equipment to perform necessary surgery. Yulia was referred to a federal cancer center in Moscow. In July 2015 she was finally operated. The surgery was very extensive and lasted 11 hours. Some of the nerves on Yulia's right leg were affected, and she now has to walk with support. Unfortunately, a few months after the surgery the cancer returned and metastasized to Yulia's spine. At that point none of the hospitals in Russia agreed to admit Yulia. She managed to travel to Germany where she is currently receiving chemotherapy, which needs to be followed by highly accurate proton radiation treatment. Recently, Yulia discovered that she is in the early stages of pregnancy. She was happy to hear the news, but concerned for her unborn child. At this time, she has to rely entirely on help of her friends and the kindness of strangers to pay for her treatment, childbirth expenses, and lodging in Germany. Our project will transfer the funds raised in March for Yulia's living expenses, and we will greatly appreciate your support.
On Wednesday, March 16th, starting at 9 am EDT and until midnight, all donations to our project will receive a bonus from GlobalGiving! This is a great opportunity to increase your impact and provide more help for Yulia and patients in similarly difficult circumstances. I hope you will join us on that day. Thanks again for all your support for us!
Thank you so much for your support for our patients last year! Our joint efforts helped us to contribute to the costs of bone marrow donor searches for 10 blood cancer patients. They are children and adults, students and teachers who traveled to St. Petereburg from across Russia for bone marrow transplantations from unrelated donors, their last chances to beat cancer. You can read some of the stories in our previous reports.
Last year, Russian bone marrow donor registry had finally registered a significant number of donors - and it helped find matching donors for 19 lucky patients. At the same time, collapse of the ruble led to more than doubling of the cost of searches abroad, and fewer patients can now afford it. Our partner, Advita fund in St. Petersburg, had helped find donors for 99 patients last year.
This year will not be any easier, and we hope that we can count on your continuing support. With February 14th around the corner, would you pick one of the patients as your Valentine? Maybe you could consider Vyacheslav, a young man from Krasnoyarsk studying to become a civil engineer. Since 2014 Slava has been suffering from lymphoma and undergoing numerous chemotherapy cycles, but his disease continued to progress. Recently, he received therapy with a new drug that helped him control lymphoma, but he now needs bone marrow transplant from a donor to keep it from coming back again. And he needs our help to make it happen.
Thanks again for your kindness, and have a very happy Valentine's day!