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.
Mar 12, 2015

Save More Lives!

Nikita
Nikita

In 2014 we were able to provide help to 12 patients who underwent transplantations in St. Petersburg, and we spend over $68,000 on bone marrow donor searches!  In addition, the number of donors who signed up for monthly donations has increased.  Fortunately, even in times of crisis affecting many of our supporters, we were able to continue helping low-income cancer patients with access to life-saving treatments. 

Since January, we have helped 3 young patients with blood cancers.  One of them is 20-year-old Nikita from Moscow. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma 4 years ago, he had numerous cycles of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and stem cell transplant, but his disease kept coming back.  Bone marrow transplant from a donor was his only remaining option.  A donor had to be located abroad, as neither of his two brothers was a match. Eventually, a donor was found in the US, and in February Nikita received the bone marrow transplant.  He is now recovering and feeling quite well. 

Would you like to hear more stories like this one?  Then mark your calendars and join us next Wednesday, March 18th, for GlobalGiving Bonus Day!  Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get 30% bonus - but only while the bonus funds last.  So don't delay, and donate early!  The matching starts at 8 am CDT, or 16:00 Moscow time.  And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win $1,000 bonus for the most donations, or the most funds raised. 

Many thanks for your kindness,

Feb 9, 2015

More children need our help

Misha
Misha

In December we shared great news with you:  we have received a very generous donation from VMWare Foundation, which had allowed us to support several families seeking help to bring their children abroad for cancer treatment.  The donation also brought us close to achieving our project goal of $25,000. 

However, recently we have experienced an increase in the number of requests from families from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  Cancer care in these countries continues to lag behind that of developed countries.  For this reason, we have decided to increase our project goal to $50,000.  We hope to be able to provide support to as many families as we can.  Our criteria for patient support remains the same:  the families have to be low income, have no insurance, and the children have to lack treatment options in their own countries. 

One of such little patients who currently needs help is two-year-old Michail.  He was born in a young family in Odessa, Ukraine. Since birth, he has been very healthy and happy boy.  But in fall of 2014 he developed a toothache, and the dentist had to take his tooth out. Beneath it, a tumor was found. At first, it appeared to be benign, but the Ukrainian doctors were unsure of the diagnosis. As Misha's condition deteriorated, his parents decided to take him to Israel for urgent evaluation. There Misha was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, with metastases in his lower jaw.   Misha had to start urgent treatment. He has already completed chemotherapy, but will also need transplant of his own stem cells, surgery on his jaw, and immunotherapy. Misha is responding well to therapy and there is hope for recovery. However, the costs of treatment are very high, and Misha's family is trying hard to raise funds for their only son.

We will be very grateful for your continuing support of our project!  Thank you for staying with us. 

Dec 29, 2014

Thanks for bringing joy to our patients!

Danylo
Danylo

We are happy to report that we were able to help seven cancer patients with the costs of lodging this year.  These patients had to travel far away from home - to Germany, USA, Israel and Singapore.  Your donation made a lot of difference for these patients and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your generosity and compassion.

Unfortunately, continuing instability, corruption and low government spending on healthcare in the fomer Soviet Union still drives many cancer patients to seek help abroad where qualified medical care is readily available.  Recently, we received a request for help from the parents of a ten-year-old Danylo who was diagnosed with a brain tumor 4 years ago. He had two surgeries to remove it in his native Ukraine. Then, at a consultation in Israel, it was discovered that the tumor was not as aggressive, as Ukrainian doctors thought, and Danylo only needed regular evaluations for the last 18 months. However, during the latest round of tests in Israel, a continued growth of the tumor was detected. Now Danylo needs to travel to Israel as soon as possible to have more treatment, and his parents are scrambling to raise funds.

With the help of supporters like you we will make sure to help Danylo and other patients needing access to adequate medical care.  Thanks again for staying with us!  Wishing you joy, peace and prosperity in the New Year! 

 
   

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