Health
 Russia
Project #6066

Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!

by Advita Fund USA
Vetted
Anton
Anton

During the last GlobalGiving Bonus Day, we raised $2,964, including a 36.91% bonus. Thank you everyone! As we've said earlier, your kind help has allowed us to initiate the donor bone marrow search for Irina from Tolyatti in Central Russia. In the meantime, the donor for her has been found! Irina feels better than before, and the transplantation is due to be scheduled presently.

The next Bonus Day is just around the corner - it will take place on Wednesday, June 15, from 9 am Eastern time, or 4 pm Moscow time, and will last until funds run out (or till 23:59 Eastern time, which is 06:59 Moscow time). The good news is that this time we are eligible for a 50% match from Global Giving as Superstars! $110,000 will be available in matching funds. In addition, two $1,000 bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects who have the highest number of donors and raise the most funds.

This Bonus Day we will be fundraising for Anton, a software engineer from St. Petersburg. He started feeling unwell in late 2015 and was diagnosed with M2 acute myeloblastic leukemia in mid-January 2016. He has since undergone four chemotherapy cycles, but his doctors say he will definitely need bone marrow transplantation. Unfortunately, he only has matches in the international registry, which means that he has to find 18,000 euros to recover. Anton is married and has an infant son who he hopes he will be able to raise.

If you'd like to help Anton on June 15, here are a couple of rules to keep in mind:

  • Only donations made online are eligible for matching. This includes donations made by credit/debit card, PayPal, and GlobalGiving gift card.
  • Donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor will be matched while funds remain from the $110,000 on GlobalGiving.org. Once the $110,000 in matching funds runs out, donations will no longer be matched.

As usual, thank you so much for your support!

Irina
Irina

We’ve had a great Bonus Day! With your help, we were able to transfer 5,000 euros to Stephan Morsch registry to initiate the donor search for Irina. Irina is a patient from Central Russia, who worked as a hospital nurse for nearly 25 years. In 2005, Irina was diagnosed with essential thrombocythopenia; ten years on, she consulted R. Gorbacheva Institute of Hematology and Transplantation in St. Petersburg due to disease progression and learned that she'd need bone marrow transplantation to recover. The donor search alone would have cost Irina and her family 18,000 euros - but thanks to your support, this amount is now 5,000 euros smaller. Irina sends her thanks to everyone who helped her in this difficult time. She is due to resume treatment on May 10.

If you want to help more patients like Irina, we would like to share a story of Inessa with you. Inessa lives in Ufa, a city on the Volga. She began feeling unwell in 2006, but it took her doctors a long time to find out what was wrong with her. Their final diagnosis was aplastic anemia. Unfortunately, last year Inessa's daughter was taken ill too, and she is still recovering after a serious fracture. Inessa's husband is disabled due to ill health. Despite all this, Inessa remains an optimist and says: "If you help someone from the heart and do not count on a favor in return, someday you'll get happiness that you've never even dreamed of!"

At present, St. Petersburg specialists are saying that Inessa needs bone marrow transplantation to get well. This means she will have to raise 18,000 euros on her own, as a foreign donor search is not covered by Russia’s state healthcare program and she only has donor matches in German registry. Inessa and her family would be very grateful for any support.

Many thanks once again – your help is invaluable and highly appreciated. May the month of May be merry for all of you!

Inessa
Inessa
Vyacheslav
Vyacheslav

Thank you so much for your support for our patients last year!  Our joint efforts helped us to contribute to the costs of bone marrow donor searches for 10 blood cancer patients.  They are children and adults, students and teachers who traveled to St. Petereburg from across Russia for bone marrow transplantations from unrelated donors, their last chances to beat cancer.   You can read some of the stories in our previous reports. 

Last year, Russian bone marrow donor registry had finally registered a significant number of donors - and it helped find matching donors for 19 lucky patients.  At the same time, collapse of the ruble led to more than doubling of the cost of searches abroad, and fewer patients can now afford it.  Our partner, Advita fund in St. Petersburg, had helped find donors for 99 patients last year. 

This year will not be any easier, and we hope that we can count on your continuing support. With February 14th around the corner, would you pick one of the patients as your Valentine?  Maybe you could consider Vyacheslav, a young man from Krasnoyarsk studying to become a civil engineer.  Since 2014 Slava has been suffering from lymphoma and undergoing numerous chemotherapy cycles, but his disease continued to progress.  Recently, he received therapy with a new drug that helped him control lymphoma, but he now needs bone marrow transplant from a donor to keep it from coming back again.  And he needs our help to make it happen. 

Thanks again for your kindness, and have a very happy Valentine's day!

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Andrei
Andrei

Our latest Bonus Day has been very successful!  We raised and transferred 4,400 euros to the bone marrow donor registry in Germany to support Andrei Filinsky, a physicist and mathematician from St. Petersburg.  Andrei suffers from a recurrence of lymphoma, and stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor is now his only chance to beat his disease.  He is now one step closer to receiving this life-saving treatment.  Thanks again! 

Would you like to help more patients like Andrei?  There are currently 24 patients in St. Petersburg who cannot afford to pay for the donor search in registries abroad and need our support.  And now you can do more to help them. 

From December 1 through December 31, 2015, GlobalGiving will be running its annual Recurring Match Campaign.   The campaign will launch on one of the largest globally celebrated giving days of the year, #GivingTuesday.  This day is for embracing the holiday spirit and giving back to those who need our help.   A recurring monthly donation is one of the best ways to help:  not only it is a reliable source of funds for the patients, but also an easy way for our supporters to make a difference:  just set it up once, and you are done!

Here are a few rules to keep in mind:

  • The initial gift of new recurring donations created on GlobalGiving.org will be matched 1-to-1 up to $200 per donor per project. Eligible recurring donations of $201 or larger will be matched at $200.
  • Although donors are required to set up a recurring donation, only the first donation will be matched. 
  • To be eligible for matching, the recurring donation must last for at least three months after the initial donation (a minimum of four donations total). So, for example, if you start a new recurring donation this December, keep it active through January, February, and March, then your initial donation from December will be matched.

We are thankful for your support for the patients and wishing you a great holiday season! 

Dmitry
Dmitry

Recently we were able to help Dmitry, a young man from St. Petersburg, who is studying to become a geologist.  His disease first appeared back in 2011, when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.  After numerous cycles of chemotherapy, he needed transplantation of his own stem cells, as well as maintenance therapy with an expensive new drug.  Another option was to undergo transplantation from a donor, but a good match was not found in the donor regsitries around the world. 

Unfortunately, Dima's disease recurred last year.  But this time, a donor search found a few potential donors, and now Dima has a hope that lymphoma will finally be beaten.  Thanks to your donations, we were able to contribute 2,000 euros to the donor search costs.  We are so grateful to our supporters for giving Dima a chance to live! 

If you would like to help more patients like Dima, join us on September 16th during the last Bonus Day of the year.  All donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus of 30%.  Mark your calendars and donate early, before the bonus funds run out.  The Bonus Day starts at 9 am Eastern time, or 16:00 Moscow time.  And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win extra awards for the most donors. 

Thanks for your support!

 

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Advita Fund USA

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.advitausa.org
Project Leader:
Marina Ouano
President
Houston, TX United States

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