It's hard to believe, but we are already in October, and before we know it, the holiday season will be here! As temperatures cool, we are starting to take preliminary account of our results this year. We are happy to report that in 2019, our program to help leukemia patients afford bone marrow donor searches has seen an increase in donations, with almost $75,000 spent to date to support 13 patients.
We are proud of your trust in us and dedication to our cause! Bone marrow transplants are the only chance for cure for many leukemia patients. Your support makes it possible and literally makes life or death difference for the patients. Thank you so much!
Our latest support recipient is a 23-year old Violetta from a village in Rostov region. After she graduated from college, Violetta moved to a city, Rostov-on-Don, and studied to become an accountant. Only two years into her career, Violetta became ill - she started having persistent nosebleeds and stomachaches, and became fatigued. The tests showed Violetta had blood abnormalities and an enlarged spleen, and she was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Although many patients like her are able to stay on oral medication for many years, Violetta developed complications and severe side effects to standard therapy. In June she was moved to a third-line drug, but it was uncertain how long she would be able to tolerate the treatment. For this reason, she was referred for bone marrow transplantation that could be curative in her case. On October 1st Violetta underwent transplantation from an unrelated donor that was found in Germany. She is now recovering and feeling relatively well overall.
Thanks again for supporting Violetta and patients like her! Wishing you a happy and bountiful fall season!