On June 13th our project will get a rare opportunity to receive a 50% bonus to all donations less than $1,000. As a "Superstar" project we are eligible for the highest bonus match Global Giving is offering. We are very excited by this opportunity! Summer is traditionally a slow fundraising season, but our patients need help urgently. This is why we ask for your support once again.
Your donations will be used to help patients like a 23-year old Lenura. She is a young architect from St. Petersburg, fluent in English and Finnish. When she was 14, she was diagnosed with leukemia for the first time. Lenura was treated successfully and was in remission for long 9 years. Shockingly, she had a relapse in fall of 2011. She now needs bone marrow transplantation from an unrelated donor to have a chance to live.
Please help us help patients like Lenura. The bonus will be added to all donations (maximum $1000 per donor) starting with 12:01 am EDT (8:01 am Moscow time). Matching will last until the bonus fund of $75,000 runs out, or at 11:59 pm EDT.
In March we participated in a Bonus Day and raised the largest amount ever - almost $9,000 in a day! Once we received the funds, we used them to help five patients with leukemia and blood diseases to make the first installments to the bone marrow donor registry located in Germany so that it could start the donor search for them.
I just wanted to share with you a story of one of these five patients. Dima Komarov is 10. Six years ago, he was first diagnosed with leukemia. It was a rare kind that combined features of both lymphoblastic and myeloid leukemias. Although Dima responded to chemotherapy and went into remission for several years, the disease returned at the end of last year. He then had to travel to St. Petersburg from the south of Russia to get evaluated for bone marrow transplantation. This is the only city in Russia where bone marrow from unrelated donors is transplanted. We hope Dima will do well. Thank you so much for giving him and others a chance!
Since the start of this project, we were able to support six leukemia patients who needed bone marrow transplants. Thank you very much! We are now raising funds for an 11-year old Anastasia. Four years ago she underwent treatment for lymphoma. Unfortunately, in 2011 she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her only chance to get well is bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. We need to help her raise 5,000 euros to pay for bone marrow donor search in a registry in Germany.
On Wednesday, March 14th, all donations to our project (up to $1,000) will get bonus match from GlobalGiving.org. This is a great opportunity to let your donation make the most impact. In addition, GlobalGiving offers two extra bonuses:
The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
Matching will last until funds run out - so make your donation early in the day!
We have used donations received during December to help Arsen Arustamyan with paying for a bone marrow donor search. Arsen is 11 years old. When he was not even four, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, common childhood cancer. Since then he and his family went through a rollercoaster of emotions as a remission would be followed by a relapse, again and again. In September 2011 Arsen was diagnosed with a recurrence. He now needs to undergo bone marrow transplantation, his only chance for cure. Thanks to your help, it will become possible.
Thanks again for your support for our efforts! We have used donations received this month to make a payment of $1000 to the bone marrow donor registry to support Arthur Geroev, a young leukemia patient who has been a sole provider for his three younger siblings and a widowed mother. Arthur successfully underwent bone marrow transplantation from an unrelated donor in late October, and he is doing well. We hope he will be able to return home soon!
If you would like to help more patients on their way to recovery, consider buying a tribute card this holiday season. You can make a donation to our project in honor of someone, and your recipient will get a tribute card telling them how much was made in their name. It's an easy and meaningful way to celebrate!
GlobalGiving.Org offers e-cards and print-at-home cards, making a donation to our project the perfect last-minute holiday gift! Also, by buying a tribute card, you could help us reach a bonus from GlobalGiving.Org worth as much as $2500.
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