Giving Tuesday is coming up on December 1! If you haven't heard of it before, it's the largest fundraising day of the year, during which charity friends and volunteers come together to drive the wave of support for their chosen cause.
We hope you will consider supporting our project once again! This year GlobalGiving is sharing the largest ever bonus with everyone who contributes that day - $1 million. The money will be allocated among all of the GlobalGiving charities according to the total raised by each. So the more we raise, the more bonus we will receive!
This year has been tough for most of us, and we know that many of our supporters had financial difficulties. Still, we have been receiving a steady flow of donations and we are incredibly grateful to you for keeping cancer patients close to your heart. Thanks to your help, we transferred over $55,000 to bone marrow registry in Germany to benefit nine blood cancer patients.
Our latest beneficiary is Anna. She lives in Irkutsk in Siberia and is a mom of two young children. In February 2019 she suddenly fell ill with high fever. After an evaluation, she was diagnosed with monoblastic leukemia. Anna began chemotherapy and even though she had severe side effects - sepsis, brain hemorrhage and kidney failure - she persevered and achieved remission. However, Anna still needed to undergo bone marrow transplantation from a donor to ensure her remission lasts. Her sisters were not good matches, and there were no matching donors in the Russian registry, so Anna's doctors had to look abroad. After finding a match in the German registry, Anna underwent transplantation in October. She is now recovering. Our project was able to transfer 2000 euros to help Anna cover the cost of donor search - and we are so grateful for your support!
Please join us on December 1 - from midnight to 11:59 p.m. EST and help us support more patients like Anna!
As we are adjusting to life during pandemic, many patients are beginning to regain access to postponed procedures, therapies and treatments. Since July, bone marrow donor searches resumed in foreign donor registries and we are now able to procure matching donor cells and bring them across the borders.
Most recently, we transferred 15,000 euros to a German donor registry to help three young cancer patients with their registry bills. All of these patients have been fighting cancer for many years, and one has been stricken with two cancers in eight years.
In 2012 Evgenia, a young accountant and a single mom, began having fevers and nightly sweats. After months of treatment with antibiotics, she had a proper evaluation and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Evgenia was successfully treated and remained in remission until April 2020. Suddenly she started feeling unwell, and her blood tests came back abnormal. Evgenia was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and urgently hospitalized. This type of blood cancer needs to be treated with a bone marrow transplant from a donor, but Evgenia's parents have passed away and she has no siblings. No matches turned up in the Russian donor registry, but the registries abroad have potential donors.
For patients like Evgenia your support is vital, as Russian government does not pay for donor searches abroad. Thank you so much for offering Evgenia and patients like her a lifeline of support! This week (until Friday, September 18th), you will be able to multiply the impact of your donation by participating in Little by Little campaign. Every donation of up to $50 will get a 50% match from GlobalGiving, and new monthly donations will get an additional 100% match! Please consider joining this generous campaign and helping patients get through this difficult year.
Thanks again for your care and support! Stay safe!
As global coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, it impacted all of us in a variety of ways and continues to change the way we live. Cancer care too has been severely disrupted: closed borders made travel challenging, research has been interrupted, and patients' treatment has been postponed in many cases.
Patients awaiting results of bone marrow donor search in foreign registries had to adjust to a new reality as registries stopped shipping donors' cells abroad. This meant patients had to either risk postponing bone marrow transplants, or agree to riskier transplants from half-matched relatives. For a minority of patients, a small patchwork of domestic registries may turn up a good match.
For now, uncertainty around pandemic and closed borders led to a freeze in foreign registry searches. We don't know how long it is going to last, but we expect that demand for foreign donors will resume once international travel becomes safe. We will keep you updated on any changes impacting our project and the patients we support during these unprecedented times. For now, please stay safe and take good care of yourselves. Thank you for staying with us!
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