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Jul 9, 2020

Alexei needs our help to beat back cancer

Alexei
Alexei

Alexei is 3 years old. He is from Ryazan, Russia. When he was just 2 years old, his young parents were shocked to discover that he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, high risk. This is a type of aggressive solid tumor that arises primarily in children. After undergoing standard therapy Alexei achieved good partial response and needed to continue treatment with immunotherapy to ensure his remission lasts.  Unfortunately, this therapy is not yet registered in Russia. By the time the medication was purchased abroad and brought to Russia, Alexei had a massive relapse in his brain.

By a miracle, he survived surgery. In April Alexei was supposed to start chemotherapy in Moscow, but due to coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed. Then Alexei caught an infection, and his hospitalization was moved to a later date once again. As it is very dangerous for Alexei to delay treatment, his family urgently sought treatment abroad.

Sant Joan de Deu hospital in Barcelona agreed to accept Alexei for recently approved immunotherapy with a partial prepayment, and the family immediately flew out. However, they need help with fundraising to ensure Alexei can complete his treatment and have the best chance to beating cancer.  This is where your help comes in - we have already transferred 1000 euros for Alexei's treatment.  In addition, several other families with chlidren treated in Barcelona have since applied and received our help.  This would not have been possible without our supporters, and we are deeply grateful.  Thank you so much for keeping the kids like Alexei in your heart and mind even during these trying times!

Stay safe!

Jun 23, 2020

Help Mihail return home!

Mihail
Mihail

Mihail is from Moldova, a father of two young girls.  In 2016 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that is generally benign, but in some cases can present as a malignant tumor and grow and spead aggressively.  Unfortunately, Mihail's tumor was behaving atypically and he needed surgery to remove it.  Due to its difficult location, only a partial removal was possible.  Following surgery, Mihail had 30 sessions of radiation therapy to prevent tumor re-growth.  And for 18 months the family could breathe easier as Mihail had no symptoms of disease. 

However, in 2019 Mihail once again began experiencing tumor progression. The local specialists in Moldova rarely see brain tumors like Mihail's and they lacked expertise to attempt total tumor removal.  Mihail and his wife began searching for second opinions abroad.  Nearby, in Germany, they were able to find doctors with experience with his type of tumor and the family traveled there in early 2020, just as coronavirus pandemic struck Europe. This time, Mihail's left eye invaded by the tumor and nearby tissues had to be removed.  Post-surgery Mihail suffered from a stroke and had a difficult recovery, but he is finally turning the corner.  The costs of treatment have increased substantially due to longer than expected treatment, and Mihail's family was very grateful for support from our project. 

We are wishing Mihail quickest recovery possible and would like to thank you for your support.  Thank you for offering helping hand to patients like Mihail who have to travel abroad to have a chance to beat cancer. 

Stay safe!

May 28, 2020

The fight goes on

Irina
Irina

Covid-19 had changed our lives in a multitude of ways.  Most of us had to stay at home for longer stretches than ever in our lives.  Our activities dwindled to a few: grocery shopping, cautious walks near the house, watching more TV than we would like to admit.  It seems our lives were put on pause suddenly.  We are frozen in time and space as we await for the number of infections to come down.

For others, like medical workers in epidemic hot spots, things sped up instead.  Their lives revolve around hundreds and thousands of patients who stream into the hospitals and often need urgent care and lightning-speed decisions. 

For cancer patients, things have changed too.  Supply chains have been disrupted, and it is more difficult to obtain medications manufactured abroad.  Criminals have stepped in with fake medications sold on black market that cause harm to patients seeking to continue treatment.   It is now more difficult to obtain government and charitable support, as funds are being diverted to relief from coronavirus infection.

Since the start of epidemic, we have helped two women obtain medications for their cancer treatment.  Irina has been battling colon cancer for three years, and her cancer began growing again in early 2020.  In January she managed to travel to Israel and obtain a prescription for a third-line therapy, which helped to get cancer under control.  But in March, as the borders closed, she had to buy the medicine in her native Ukraine.  It turned out to be fake and caused Irina to swell and gasp for breath.  Irina spent a week in the hospital in recovery.  Afterwards, her doctor in Israel helped to locate two packages of medication available for shipping by DHL, and we paid the bill to make sure Irina could continue necessary care. 

Marina has been battling mesothelioma, rare abdominal cancer, since 2015 and needed immunotherapy medication.  Prior to pandemic she could buy cheaper medication abroad.  Now that shipments have ceased, she can only access medications previously brought to Ukraine, and their prices have jumped recently.  We have been supporting Marina so that she was able to afford the last two medication purchases. 

Our ability to offer help is dependent on our supporters, like you!  And we are so grateful to know that our supporters recognize the difficulty the pandemic adds to cancer patients.  We have been fortunate to maintain our donor base and we are humbled by your kindness.  Thank you so much! 

Marina
Marina
 
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