Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!

by Advita Fund USA
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!
Anna
Anna

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!

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Evgenia
Evgenia

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! 

 

 

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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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Evgeny
Evgeny

These are challenging times for everyone.  With Covid-19 pandemic spreading through the world, all of us will feel its effects.  It is important to follow guidance from health officials to minimize the spread of coronavirus - for our own good, and to protect the most vulnerable populations: elderly and those with existing medical conditions.

Cancer patients are particularly exposed at this time.  While cancer wreaks havoc on the body, chemotherapy and radiation treatment also cause many side effects and depress immune system.  As pandemic advances, shortages of masks and basic sterlizing supplies, and overwhelmed hospitals may leave the patients unprotected and easliy susceptible to deadly disease.

We urge you to protect yourself and your loved ones first.  But if you feel that you are adequately prepared and able to help others, please consider joining GlobalGiving's bonus week starting on Monday, March 23rd and lasting until Friday, March 27th.  During that time, GlobalGiving will add 50% bonus on all small donations (up to $50).  Larger donations are also welcome, but a bonus will be capped at $25.   

Your help will support patients like Evgeny, 32-year old renovation manager from Krasnodar.  He is married, with two young children.  Ten months ago Evgeny was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), high-risk. Most of CML patients do well on long-term therapy with a targeted medication, but Evgeny quickly developed resistance to it.  He had no response to second-line therapy either.  His bone marrow did not function normally, and Evgeny had to go for regular blood transfusions to stay alive.  Bone marrow transplant from a donor was Evgeny's only chance to survive.  Since his sister did not match as a donor, he needed to find and activate a donor from a registry in Germany, where several potential matches were identified.  In February, a best match was found and Evgeny received bone marrow transplant.  He is now recovering.  However, he still owes almost 3,000 euros to the registry from the original bill of 18,000 euros. 

Your help will lessen the financial burden of cancer for Evgeny's family and others like him.  We believe in the power of our small donors to make a large impact and save lives of many patients.  Thanks again for your kind support! 

Stay well and be safe!

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Stephania
Stephania

This year we have received fantastic support from our donors!  We spent almost $75,000 to help 12 patients with leukemia find matching bone marrow donors in the registries outside Russia.  It's the largest amount we spent on this program since we started 10 years ago.  Thank you for allowing us to keep growing! 

We would love to offer even more support to cancer patients awaiting transplants. Currently, over 30 patients in St. Petersburg need help to afford bone marrow donor searches.  The sooner they are able to find the donors, the better their chances to beat cancer.

One of these patients is Stephania.  She is a single mom of two young girls.  Stephania is a stylist and hairdresser and has always tried to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately, last summer she developed odd symptoms that would not go away: allergies, fatigue, shortness of breath, nosebleeds... It took two months to diagnose her with acute monoblastic leukemia.  This type of leukemia requires bone marrow transplant, but Stephania does not have a matching related donor.  She needs to pay 18,000 euros to find an unrelated donor abroad.  Now that she is hospitalized, she is unable to work, and cannot afford to pay the donor registry bill.  Your help will allow patients like Stephania access treatment that they vitally need.

Thanks again for your support for this important project.  We are truly grateful and wish you a very happy New Year! 

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Location: Houston, Texas - USA
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Marina Ouano
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