During the last GlobalGiving Bonus Day, we raised $2,964, including a 36.91% bonus. Thank you everyone! As we've said earlier, your kind help has allowed us to initiate the donor bone marrow search for Irina from Tolyatti in Central Russia. In the meantime, the donor for her has been found! Irina feels better than before, and the transplantation is due to be scheduled presently.
The next Bonus Day is just around the corner - it will take place on Wednesday, June 15, from 9 am Eastern time, or 4 pm Moscow time, and will last until funds run out (or till 23:59 Eastern time, which is 06:59 Moscow time). The good news is that this time we are eligible for a 50% match from Global Giving as Superstars! $110,000 will be available in matching funds. In addition, two $1,000 bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects who have the highest number of donors and raise the most funds.
This Bonus Day we will be fundraising for Anton, a software engineer from St. Petersburg. He started feeling unwell in late 2015 and was diagnosed with M2 acute myeloblastic leukemia in mid-January 2016. He has since undergone four chemotherapy cycles, but his doctors say he will definitely need bone marrow transplantation. Unfortunately, he only has matches in the international registry, which means that he has to find 18,000 euros to recover. Anton is married and has an infant son who he hopes he will be able to raise.
If you'd like to help Anton on June 15, here are a couple of rules to keep in mind:
As usual, thank you so much for your support!
Recently, we met a new patient here in Houston. Adelya came here from Ulyanovsk in Russia. She is 12 year old, but she looks much younger. Four years ago, Adelya was diagnosed with high-risk leukemia. She was hospitalized at Blokhin Institute, the leading cancer hospital in Moscow, Russia. After a year of treatment, she was discharged in a stable remission. Unfortunately, within a year, she was diagnosed with secondary leukemia that required more therapy and bone marrow transplantation. In 2015, Adelya had a relapse. After additional treatment she went into remission again, but it was very short, and the test results in February 2016 confirmed a second relapse of acute myeloid leukemia. This time, Adelya was not offered any further treatment. Adelya's family began looking for the hospitals abroad that may be able to help her. They came across MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston that agreed to accept Adelya. In April Adelya arrived to Texas, and she was hospitalized immeediately. She will have a long and difficult treatment ahead of her and the family needs our support. Here is what her mom Zulfia had to say: "I admire Adelya's maturity, wisdom and willingness to fight. For the last 4 years she has spent most of the time in the hospitals and clinics, not having an ordinary life of a child of her age. We believe that all the good things are ahead of us and we will find the way to beat cancer, so she can enjoy the future."
I hope you can join us tomorrow, June 15th, and donate to help Adelya and other little patients like her who had to face cancer so early in their lives. You can donate starting at 8 am CDT (16:00 Moscow time) and receive a bonus of 50% (on donations of $1,000 or less). Thanks again for your generous support!
In our last report we shared Yulia's story. She is a young expectant mom who is undergoing cancer treatment in Germany at the same time. Recently, Yulia told us that in about a month she is scheduled to deliver her baby. As soon as she feels well enough, she will be re-evaluated and further treatment strategy will be determined. She cannot wait to meet her son and shared a few of her new pictures with us. Yulia also asked to express her gratitude for support and care at this difficult time in her life. Thank you so much!
Another mom who needs our help is Anna, a 39 year-old woman from St Petersburg, Russia. She has two lovely children. During her second pregnancy in 2012 she was diagnosed with melanoma. After her daughter was born, she had a surgery to remove the tumor from her back. Unfortunately, in 2015 she relapsed, with cancer spreading to her brain, lungs and abdomen. Anna traveled to Israel for a consultation with a melanoma expert, and she was recommended immunotherapy. The medication is innovative and very effective, but also very expensive and not certified in Russia. While in Israel, Anna received 4 cycles of therapy, which cost her family a lot of money. Fortunately, a compassionate use program for this drug opened in Belgium, and Anna was able to enroll in it and receive the medicine for free. A recent examination confirmed that therapy worked well. The majority of metastases had decreased or disappeared without a trace and Anna has a chance for a full recovery! The doctors recommend her to continue the therapy for as long as she benefits. Although Anna receives the medication for free, she still has to cover the cost of travel and lodging, and she asked for our help.
Thanks again for your support! And save the date for the Bonus Day on June 15th. On that day, your donation will get a 50% match from GlobalGiving - a great opportunity to help even more patients. Hope you can join us!