In our last report we asked for support for Anton - and you delivered! After the last Bonus Day we were able to transfer 4,000 euros for his donor search in German registry. Once a matching donor was found, Anton was scheduled for transplantation - and it took place last week! He is now recovering and feeling better every day. Thanks to your generous support, Anton has a real chance to beat leukemia and resume his life with his young family.
Another Bonus Day is coming up soon - on Wednesday, September 21. This is the last Bonus Day of the year, and GlobalGiving will donate $60,000 in funds that will be applied as 30% bonus. The $60,000 available in matching funds will be divided into two equal pots of $30,000 each, which will be available as matching funds beginning at 06:00 am EDT (13:00 Moscow time) and 12:00 pm EDT (19:00 Moscow time) respectively. Please mark the day and make sure to donate at bonus release times! All donations of up to $1,000 are eligible for a bonus, but only while the funds last.
The funds raised during Bonus Day will be used to help patients like Roman. He is a 21-year-old Architecture student from Bashkortostan region. He had high hopes and aspiration for his budding career, but after just one year of college he started feeling unwell. Constant fatigue, lack of appetite and joint pains were exhausting, and eventually Roman went to see a physician. However, his doctor only referred him to have a blood test and diagnosed him with gastrointestinal problems. After two months of therapy and no improvement, Roman returned, but received a new prescription for gastrointestinal medicine.
Luckily, Roman had a cousin who worked as a lab technician and was concerned about his blood work. She suggested that Roman saw a hematologist instead, and soon after Roman was diagnosed with leukemia. He had to undergo grueling treatment that took 18 months to achieve remission. Roman was hoping that the worst was behind him, but just six months later he had a relapse.
By now, he has gone through more chemotherapy and is currently in remission again. But to ensure that he stays in remission, Roman needs to undergo bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor, as his sister was not a good match. A donor can be located in German registry, but the search for a donor and harvest of the stem cells are costly and unaffordable for Roman. I hope you will join us during the Bonus Day or become a recurring donor to help Roman and other patients who need our help.