Dear friends, thank you so much for your support for Andrii, a 10-year-old lymphoma patient from Ukraine. Thanks to your generous donations and a $5,167 grant from the First Hand Foundation, Andrii received the leg surgery. He can walk now with the crutches. The treatment will continue. Thank you once again for supporting Andrii!
At this time, we are extending our support to a 3-year-old Ostap from the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk. In mid-September, the strange bruises have appeared around Ostap’s eyes. At first, his parents thought it was a result of blood vessels broke but showed Ostap to the doctors anyway. Unfortunately, doctors could not detect the cause. The boy was given medicines to strengthen his blood vessels. The bruises, however, did not go away and started to come off more and often. The parents were desperate as many tests and visits to the doctors varied in opinion. In December, parents had decided to check in with a German hospital in Nurnberg where one of their ex-classmates worked. Ostap had the blood test followed by the bone marrow biopsy and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. He was taken into the hospital and on December 4 the chemotherapy began. Please support this family as they scrambling for resources to pay for the full course of treatment, including possible bone marrow transplantation. Thank you for your consideration!
Looking into the approaching year 2016, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful year ahead. Thank you for staying with our project and helping children and families in need!
In our last report, we told you about Marina from Moscow who travels to Italy for melanoma clinical trial. Thanks to your support, she continues accessing life-saving therapy. Marina is very grateful for the support she received and sends her sincere thanks.
Recently, we have also started fundraising for 17-year-old Anastasia from Ukraine. Anastasia was planning to become a doctor and, according to her teachers, she had a good chance to get a high score at entrance exams. Sadly, disease shattered her dreams. Right after graduating from high school in May 2015, she got very sick. Suspected pneumonia was only a symptom of the underlying disease, T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. Due to relative rarity of this disease, Anastasia could not access proper therapy in Ukraine and needed to travel to Israel. The treatment is expected to last 6-8 months. Anastasia's mom is a single parent, and it is very hard for her to raise funds for the treatment and lodging in a foreign country.
We receive requests from patients like Marina and Anastasia very often, and a steady flow of donations is the best way to ensure that help is provided to everyone who applies, no matter the season. GlobalGiving is currently offering a promotion - a match of one month's donation - on all recurring monthly donations of $200 or less! You can take a look at the full terms and conditions, but here are the highlights:
And if you are ready to commit to ongoing support, here is the link to sign up for recurring donations: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-cancer-patients-pay-for-lodging-expenses/?show=recurring
Many thanks and have a joyous holiday season!
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!