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.
Feb 15, 2017

We are very grateful!

Yulia
Yulia

As we are wrapping up the results of 2016, we can already say that however much uncertainty we face in the future, we can always rely on our supporters and their commmittment to making the world a better place.  Last year, you helped us raise over $47,000 for nine cancer patients in St. Petersburg who needed bone marrow transplants from foreign donors.  Moreover, we now have 32 recurring donors who donate to the project every month!   This is an incredible vote of confidence and we will continue to do our best to make you proud of joining forces with us! 

Currently, almost 50 patients in St. Petersburg need help with paying for the search for the donors abroad.  Among them are young professionals, students, moms and dads, daughters and sons - a cross-section of society.  Cancer, it seems, can strike anyone at any time.  That is why it is important for all of us to come together to support those who have been affected by cancer.

Young people may be particularly vulnerable, as they are only starting their careers and often have no financial cushion to fall back on.  For example, Yulia is just 22 and a recent Animal Science graduate.  As she was applying for her Master's degree admission, she started feeling unwell and had fever, fatigue and fainting spells.  A blood test uncovered blood cancer: acute myeloid leukemia.  Yulia started chemotherapy immediately, and achieved remission.  However, her treatment is not over.  She needs to undergo bone marrow transplantation from an unrelated donor to make sure that leukemia does not return.  As a matching donor was not found in Russia, she needs to pay for the search in the registry in Germany.  Yulia's dad is a retired Army officer, and her mom had passed away.  Yulia cannot afford the cost of search on her own and has to rely on our help to find a donor and have a chance to live. 

We hope to send another payment to the donor registry in Germany and support Yulia and other patients like her very soon.  Thanks again for your generosity and kindness!

Feb 13, 2017

Help Andrei defeat sarcoma!

Andrei
Andrei

Our project has reached a few milestones since being started 5 years ago: we have received over 500 donations and raised over $40,000.  Last year alone, this project supported 12 children with cancer, and we shared some of their stories with you.  Your donations helped the families pay medical bills and cover other treatment-related expenses.  Importantly, they relieved not only financial burden of cancer, but also emotional drain of stress and anxiety.  Many families express their gratitude for support - regardless of amount - as it gives them a boost of confidence and hope for the victory in their difficult battles.

Partcularly vulnerable are the families of children that have been dealing with cancer for several years.  For example, Andrei is a teen from Kiev, Ukraine.  He is now 13 years old. Andrei suffers from a rare type of bone cancer. The first symptoms appeared in July 2015, but the doctors could not determined a correct diagnosis at the time.  By January 2016, the pain intensified.  Andrei had more evaluations and tests, sleepless nights, and wrong diagnoses.  Finally, in April 2016, an accurate diagnosis was determined: Ewing's sarcoma of the left humerus.  At that time, a pathological fracture occurred at biopsy site and had to be fixed with a metal plate. Then chemotherapy was started. After the third cycle of chemotherapy, Andrei and his mother flew to Tel Aviv, Israel for further treatment. There they hope to have a better chance for success, as the doctors are more experienced and better treatments are available. 

Andrei still has many months of chemotherapy ahead of him, followed by multiple sessions of low-dose radiation. However, continuation of therapy is at risk, as the family struggles to raise money to complete treatment.  Our project is aimed to support young cancer patients like Andrei, who can't get adequate help in their home countries and are unable to afford the cost of treatment abroad. 

As we continue to receive requests for help, we have decided to increase our project goal to $80,000 and extend our program services.   We hope we can continue to count on your generosity and kindness to support this project.  Thank you!

Jan 31, 2017

Help Maruf Access Targeted Therapy!

Maruf
Maruf

We have decided to make a change to this project and extend its reach to include all costs related to traveling to cancer treatment site: airfare, lodging, and related expenses.  Cancer is treacherous, it mutates and evolves constantly, and patients have to strive to keep up the pace.  Often times, it means that patients with rare or advanced tumors need to access the doctors practicing far away from home. 

For example, here is a story of Maruf who lives in Uzbekistan. In 2012 he was incorrectly diagnosed and had surgery, then treated for hernia, and only in 2013 he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.  Since then Maruf has been in a continous struggle with cancer, as it would retreat for a few months, only to come back again and again.  In September 2016 Maruf had a second relapse, and by this type the tumor had become resistant to commonly available chemotherapy.  Local doctors did not have any options available to Maruf outside of surgery. 

With our help, he was able to travel to India to consult with more experienced specialists.  He came back encouraged, as a newer, targeted therapy is available in India that can help him achieve remission again.  This type of therapy is called targeted because it can identify and attack cancer cells, while doing little damage to normal cells.  Maruf is looking forward to going back to India to purchase the medication soon. 

Maruf has three children and is no longer able to work.  His family had used up their life savings during the years of treatment.  He has to rely on support of charitable organizations to help him reach necessary treatment.  Thanks to your donations, he has already traveled once, and we hope to be able to support him again. 

Thank you so much for staying with us! 

 
   

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