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Dec 26, 2018

Thank You for an Impactful Year!

Happy holidays!
Happy holidays!

This year we were able to support nine families of children with cancer and help them access appropriate treatment - in Israel, Germany, Korea, Italy and the United States. Often, the families ask for support once they have already made a decision and brought their child abroad.  And at times they need help before they travel - to understand their options and to make informed choices. 

Recently, we helped one such family.  Ilya is an 8-year-old from Moscow.  A year and a half ago he was diagnosed with a rare type of sarcoma that is very difficult to treat.  Despite good care he received in Moscow, the cancer was only temporarily held back and his doctors were running out of options.  At Ilya's family's request we contacted one of the best sarcoma doctors in the US and arranged a remote consultation.  Ilya now has a treatment plan, and may come to the US for one or two of the more critical stages of treatment, but undergo the rest of treatment in Moscow - helping him retain support of his family and friends in Russia.

Thanks again for your support for our project!  If you would like to continue giving throughout the year, an easy way to accomplish that would be to set up recurring monthly payments.  And until December 31st, GlobalGiving will add 100% match to your donation amount (up to $200) if you donate at least 4 times.  

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!  Wishing you a prosperous and joyful new year! 

Dec 13, 2018

Spread the joy!

Kate and her nurse
Kate and her nurse

In the flurry of holiday season activities, it's a challenge to find time for strangers who need help.  But it is also the time that people in need crave the return to normalcy the most.  Cancer patients going through treatment hope to complete it as soon as possible and find a reason to celebrate.  Unfortunately, often times the lack of money gets in the way.  This is why this project supports patients traveling abroad to access modern treatment and helps alleviate financial burden of cancer.

Consider Kate's story.  She had recently turned 14. She comes from Sakhalin Island, in the Far East of Russia. In 2017, Kate had two vaccinations against papillomavirus. In October 2017, a month later after the second vaccination, she developed a painful swelling in the injection area, which had cleared by itself a few weeks later. The symptoms were mistaken for a side effect of the vaccine. However, the swelling reappeared in January 2018 accompanied by a burning pain.

The examination in Sakhalin clinics revealed a malignant tumor in Kate's left upper arm. The initial diagnosis also stated a possibility for arm amputation. After consulting doctors in Russia and Japan, Kate’s parents have decided to take their daughter to Israel. In February 2018, they arrived in Tel Aviv. There Kate has gone through a complete examination and received a final diagnosis – Ewing’s sarcoma of the left humerus.

Since March 2018, Kate has gone through all of the required chemotherapy, as well as complex surgery of the affected bone and replacement with an implant. It all went pretty well and Kate and her parents hope to finish the final evaluation and the last minor surgery by the end of the year and complete the treatment. Hopefully, they will soon be able to travel home and rejoin the rest of their family.  Kate's parents are both retired and have used all of their life savings to support their daughter’s treatment.  They are very grateful for help with their travel expenses. 

Would you like to help more patients like Kate?  Now is a great time to sign up for recurring donations and earn 100% bonus from Global Giving on your donation.  Until December 31, every monthly donation of up to $200 that is made for at least 4 months, will receive a match.  We hope to enjoy your continuing support and help more families during 2019!

Happy holiday season to you and have a happiest New Year!

Dec 5, 2018

The End is Near

Oleg and his wife
Oleg and his wife

The year is coming to an end, and what a year it has been!  But no matter how uncertain and volatile the things are in the wider world, our work remains constant and focused on the same goals as in the past:  helping cancer patients access modern treatments.  To this end, we have supported 7 patients with blood cancers and spend over $43,000 to allow them to afford bone marrow donor searches.  These are people of all ages, of different professions and from various regions of Russia.  The only thing that unites them is their diagnosis - something that happened to them randomly, out of nowhere.  It's not only an emotional shock, but a financial disaster, as so many costs of treatment the patients are expected to pay on their own - including searches for a foreign bone marrow donor for those who need them. 

Oleg is the patient we supported most recently.  He was born in Kazakhstan, but after the Soviet Union collapsed, he moved his family to St. Petersburg.  Oleg loves to travel and he had worked as a driver his whole career.  In 2017 he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder that can transfom into leukemia.  Only bone marrow transplant from a donor can cure Oleg. Unfortunately, no matching donors were found within Russia and the search was extended to the donor registries abroad where there are several potential matches.  Oleg's family already made an initial payment of 6,000 euros to the registry after selling his daughter's apartment.  However, they could not afford to pay off the balance of the registry bill.  Your help allowed us to transfer 6,900 euros to the registry and help Oleg with this financial burden. 

There are many other patients like Oleg: people of modest means, breadwinners, parents of young children.  Very rarely there are patients who can afford cancer treatment on their own.  Most patients will need our help at some point in their treatment journey.  We hope you can consider making a gift to these people as part of your holiday giving.  One of the best gifts would be a recurring donation, since patients need help throughout the year, not just during holidays.  Now is the best time to sign up, as until December 31st Global Giving will add an additional 100% match on the initial donation (up to $200 per donor) as long as it remains active for at least four consecutive payments! 

Thank you for supporting us this year!  We wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!

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