Advita Fund USA

Advita Fund USA was founded to help improve access to the most effective treatment to cancer patients. We want to make sure that our patients' lives depend not on their income or birthplace, but on the progress of modern medicine.
Nov 29, 2016

Huge news - today only!

Sergei
Sergei

We have some exciting news to share! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for #GivingTuesday!  Today people around the world celebrate and support their favorite causes, and we hope you join #GivingTuesday and show your support for patients with cancer!     

Today there will be an unprecedented 50% matching for #GivingTuesday donations up to the first $1 million raised!  The bonus will be added to all donations of up to $1,000 per unique donor, but only until the funds last.  Make sure to make your donation early to get that bonus!

In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from today through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the 4th donation!  

Any way you choose to participate will be a great help for patients in St. Petersburg who await bone marrow transplants.  The donor registry in Russia is still too small to provide matching donors for every patient, so the majority of donors are found abroad, especially in Germany. 

Sergei is one of the patients who urgently need help.  Last summer, after finishing the 3rd year of Transportation college in Tambov, Russia, Sergei suddenly got fever and developed chest pains.  When a blood test reurned abnormal, Sergei was diagnosed with acute leukemia.  He now needs to undergo bone marrow transplant to reach sustained remission.  As his younger sister was not a good match, he needs to find an unrelated donor.  Sergei is only 19, but he is an optimist and a fighter and ready to do anything to overcome his disease. 

Thank you for your kindness and support for patients like Sergei!  Together, we are making a real difference for patients with blood cancers! 

Nov 22, 2016

#GivingTuesday (and other days of the week)

Narek
Narek

A week from now, on November 29th #GivingTuesday will celebrate charitable giving during holiday season.  Many stories from causes, volunteers, donors and beneficiaries will be heard in an effort to give voice to those of us who are less fortunate and to lessen their burden. 

This is our project's story.  Narek is an Armenian boy who needs help to afford chemotherapy for brain tumor.
Here is a letter from his mom:

Good day,
I am writing in hopes to find your support for the treatment of my son Narek.
Narek is now 11 years old. He was born perfectly healthy and was enjoying his childhood like all other children. He began practicing chess at the early age of 4 and attending chess academy at the age of 6 and soon ensured 3rd category qualification. At school he was an excellent pupil with excellent marks. He especially adored math and Armenian studies. Narek was distinguished by his exemplary conduct and knowledge.
Narek was diagnosed with IV category brain tumor (meduloblastoma) in November 27, 2015. Forecasts of doctors were not encouraging and an immediate surgery was necessary to save the child's life. We were recommended to perform the surgery in Germany or Israel due to its complicated nature. A number of clinics refused to perform this kind surgery, but we managed to find a German clinic willing to perform it.
We were able to find the preliminary required sum amounting to 23000 Euros with great efforts and traveled to Germany. The surgery went well and the main body of the tumor was dissected. Doctors recommended passing intensive courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy due to metastases found at inoperable sections of the brain.
We were able to commence the chemotherapy by the support of our friends and donations amounting to 14000 Euros, but unfortunately it was not enough to complete the course. We then referred to several German charitable organizations which kindly provided us with 33000 Euros to continue Narek's treatment. Narek needed platelet and blood transfusions every time after intensive chemotherapy sessions. After two courses of chemotherapy the results came back better than expected and metastases reduced by over 50%. We were sent to Cologne Clinic to pass radiotherapy course.
A 45-day treatment gave excellent results reducing metastases by 50%, but there were still some small formations left which the doctors promised to treat by yet another course of chemotherapy costing 42000 Euros. The Clinic refuses continuing the treatment without the due sum paid while time works against Narek and any delay can bring to the re-occurrence of the condition. The doctors say my son will not get the chance of second treatment if we lose this one. Currently I am in a desperate situation. The 10 months of suffering and struggle of my son may vanish because of that sum. Narek wasn't able to speak for about 8 months after the surgery. He is still confined to a wheelchair, but he is a strong boy and you could tell by the look in his eyes that he struggles for his life each and every moment. Please, help Narek overcome this last ordeal. He needs this support more than ever.
We have applied to several funds, but got no response. I am not able to look into my son's eyes when he asks about when he is to start the next stage of the treatment and return to his homeland to his friends and relatives whom he misses tremendously.
Narek`s mother, Lilit

If you would like to help Narek's family, we will be very grateful for your support on any day of the week, but especially during #GivingTuesday!  Thanks to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 50% match to your donation (up to $1,000) will be made during that day while funds last.  So save the date - November 29th - and join us in our celebration of Narek and other brave kids and families!  Thank you so much!

Nov 9, 2016

Help Polina defeat sarcoma!

Polina
Polina

Sixteen-year-old Polina from Russia was diagnosed with cancer last year.  She has Ewing's sarcoma, a very rare bone cancer affecting primarily kids between the ages of 6 and 18.  After nine months of treatment locally, in Perm, her cancer began progressing, and Polina's parents had to start searching for other clinics to continue her treatment. As Russian clinics had either no available beds or treatment options to offer, Polina's parents took her to Singapore. Currently, Polina's doctor is trying new, cutting-edge treatment methods to combat sarcoma, and the plan is to proceed to radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and surgery.  Polina is facing a difficult battle, as so far she did not have a very good response to chemotherapy. Recently, she began tomotherapy - an advanced form of intensified radiation therapy with enhanced accuracy. Polina's parents have used up their savings and are seeking help of others to ensure Polina can continue her treatment. They are paying out-of-pocket for all of treatment, as well as lodging and travel expenses. 

We hope you can join our efforts to help patients like Polina who have to travel far to access adequate treatment.  Let's  lessen the burden of cancer on their lives and bring holiday cheer to help them in their difficult struggles.  

Thank you for your generous support and kindness!

 
   

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