Vadim is a 14-year-old boy from Ukraine. The story of his illness began in 2013 with an inflamed lymph node that quickly led to an avalanche of increasingly serious symptoms: fever, weight loss, and fatigue. Within days, a terrible diagnosis was made: stage IV anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Vadim underwent six high-dose chemotherapy cycles, and achieved remission. He was happy to be at home and enjoy life. Unfortunately, after 9 months of follow-up tests, something appeared to be wrong with his bone marrow. It turned out that Vadim developed secondary chronic myeloproliferative disease, caused by chemotherapy. The only treatment for this condition is bone marrow transplantation from a donor, and it is not done in his home country. Vadim's chance to live is very expensive. His family received a bill from a hospital in Italy for bone marrow transplantation for 120,000 euros. For Vadim's family, it is a lifetime of earnings.
We receive requests for help with stories like Vadim's every week, from many countries of the former Soviet Union. This project helps us contribute to these families' fundraising efforts and allow them beat seemingly impossible odds. On Wednesday, May 13th you can help us earn more and support more patients by donating during Bonus Day. Between 09:00:01 EDT and 23:59:59 EDT (or between 16:00 Wednesday and 7:00 Thursday Moscow time) all donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus from GlobalGiving. The exact percentage of the bonus will be determined after the Bonus Day, based on total amount raised.
Thanks again for your kindness and support!
During 2014 our project helped 7 cancer patients from the former Soviet Union with the costs of lodging when they traveled abroad for access to quality care. The patients varied from a two-year-old boy from Russia to a 60-year-old grandmother from Uzbekistan. Uniting all of them was the cancer diagnosis and the lack of adequate treatment options at home. Thanks to supporters like you they were able to travel abroad and receive appropriate therapy.
So far this year we have been able to support another young patient, Alikhan from Kazakhstan. This 4-year-old has already been fighting leukemia for over a year. The disease retreated after the initial treatment, but remission was short, and he relapsed after just four months. He now needs to undergo transplantation of bone marrow from one of his parents, and this procedure is not done in his home country. Although the government of Kazakhstan paid a portion of the costs of treatment, it does not help with the travel and lodging expenses. Our support covered a month of lodging for the family, and they are very grateful for the reduced financial burden.
Woud you like to help more patients like Alikhan? Then donate today, March 18th, during GlobalGiving Bonus Day! Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get a 30% bonus - but only while the funds last. So donate early - the matching starts at 8 am CDT.
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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,