We have recently received a new request for help from a family of a little Russian boy who is currently treated in Germany. Oleg is 4 years old. He was a happy and active kid who loved toy cars, robots and dinosaurs, until two years ago when he suddenly got fever and stomachache, and became naseous. A large abdominal tumor was discovered at ultrasound examination. And then treatment began - it included three surgeries, 8 cycles of chemotherapy and 12 sessions of radiation therapy. After one of the surgeries, Oleg lost 90% of his blood and got infected with hepatitis B in transfused blood. Eventually, he achieved remission - but only for two months. After relapse, his doctors suggested traveling abroad for further treatment, as Russia lacks such modern approaches as MIBG therapy, widely used in Europe.
Oleg's parents are young people who could not pay full costs of cancer treatment in another country. Fortunately, a large Russian charity stepped in and agreed to sponsor Oleg's hospital bills. Recently Oleg and his mom arrived at Greifswald, Germany. The University Hospital of Greifswald specializes in treating children with the type of cancer Oleg has, but it will take a long time and much effort. Oleg's family will need to remain there on treatment for at least six more months, and they need to raise funds to afford long-term lodging. Please help us support Oleg's family in their fight for their son.
Thanks again for your support for our patients!
Valentine's Day is coming up this week! We would like to take this opportunity to tell our supporters how special they are to us. And we hope the feeling is mutual!
Today you can increase your impact by 30% by donating early and getting a bonus match from Global Giving. The bonus day starts at 9 am ET (or 18:00 Moscow time), and lasts until midnight (or 9 am Moscow time on February 13th), or until the bonus funds run out. Any donation of $1,000 or less will receive 30% match.
The money raised will go to some of the neediest leukemia patients in St. Petersburg who are awaiting transplants from unrelated donors. Currently, six of them have not paid the first installment to the donor registry - which means the search was not started. Since there is usually a very short window in which patients should be transplanted, it is very important to start the donor search as soon as possible.
You can see complete list of patients and read their stories here: http://advita.ru/en/
Thanks for your support and feel free to share this report with your friends. We can always use more volunteer help!
In our last report we shared the story of Slava, a young Ukrainian boy. Thanks to your support, we were able to help his family with treatment-related expenses in the amount of $1,000. Slava's mom is sincerely grateful to everyone who had contributed!
We have recently had two more new arrivals in Houston: two little girls from Moscow and Uzbekistan have come for evaluation and treatment for cancer. They too need support, and we have already helped them with getting cell phones, finding lodging, and getting second opinions. More help may be needed in the future, and we will appreciate your continuing support.
One of the best ways to do so is to sign up for recurring donations: simpy click on "Monthly recurring" tab on the donation sidebar. In addition, a Bonus Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 12th. Starting at 9 am EDT, all donations made on that day (up to $1,000) will be matched at 30%, until the matching fund runs out. This is a great way to increase your impact and do more for children with cancer. Mark your calendars and donate early on February 12th!