In February we had a fantastic month: we won an extra $1,000 for having the most donors during the Bonus Day. Overall, we raised $12,356 in donations and bonuses from 204 people like you.
We used the money to help two young ladies with the costs of finding their donors in foreign registries. Here are their stories:
Marina is a law student from Yoshkar-Ola. She was first diagnosed with leukemia when she was in the 5th grade. She had chemotherapy for nine months, then two more years of maintenance chemotherapy. She had to quit ballroom dancing and be schooled at home. Despite her best efforts, disease returned again in 2009, and then again in 2013. This is Marina's third recurrence of leukemia. At this point, only bone marrow transplant gives her a chance of cure. She underwent procedure on April 4th and is now recovering.
Anastasia lives in Kurgan. She is a finance professional and loves literature and movies. In 2011 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma that frequently affects young people. Although it is highly curable, Anastasia was one of the few unlucky patients who relapsed. She is now undergoing chemotherapy in attempt to bring her to remission and undergo transplantation of stem cells.
We are hoping these two ladies will do well. Thank you for supporting them in their fight!
If you would like to participate again in a Bonus Day, it is coming up on May 7th. All donations (up to $1,000) will be matched 30% by Global Giving. As usual, there will be extra bonuses for most money raised and the largest number of donors. Make sure to donate after the Bonus Day starts - at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time).
Don't forget to tell your friends for even larger impact - and more lives saved. Thanks!
Anatoli is an 8-year old from Ukraine. He is a quiet boy who loves books and has a vivid imagination. Last year Anatoli suddenly fell ill. When local doctors failed to diagnose him, the family took him to Israel for treatment. Within days of arrival, Anatoli was paralyzed from waist down. A tumor in his spine was discovered and Anatoli was operated, but he remains paraplegic to this day. The doctors are administering him chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumor and restore his mobility. Anatoli is now half way through the treatment, and he needs our support to continue it and get well.
Here is his story in his own words:
Hello. My name is Anatolii. I am 8 year old.Several months ago I fell ill seriously, and I don't feel my legs right now. In spite of all the efforts of my family to find a specialist who could diagnose and help me in Ukraine, we failed.After having done the MRI check in Ukraine we went to Israel to be diagnosed in a proper way and I undergone the operation immediately, because according to MRI there was a tumor in the spine area.In Ukraine the doctors couldn't say what kind of tumor I have. So, we stayed in Israel. I was diagnosed with sarcoma and now I have being treated with chemotherapy which is very hard on me.My mother and father are also in Israel with me doing everything they can to save my life, but we are short of money and resources.I'm asking you kindly to help me and to keep me alive.I am dreaming about walking again, doing hiking and playing football with my little brother.
If you would like to support Anatoli and children like him, join us on a Bonus Day on May 7th at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time). Each donation (up to $1,000) will earn 30% more from Global Giving bonus fund. Or sign up for recurrent donations, for easy automatic giving throughout the year - just click on "Monthly Recurring" tab.
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!