My name is Clinton Misamore. I serve as the Field Program Officer for GlobalGiving. Over the past three months I have been visiting GlobalGiving projects throughout Russia. On June 2nd, 2011, I had the unique opportunity to visit with the Advita Fund country staff. I was also fortunate enough to be given a tour of the medical research and treatment center where Advita Fund works in collaboration with the hospitals doctors and nurses to help treat sick patients.
After speaking with Advita Fund USA as well as their country staff in St. Petersburg, it was clear that the work this organization is engaging in comes from the heart and produces significant deliverables for the cancer victims. In addition to sourcing bone marrow donors, Advita Fund also engages in a range of other high impact activities including but not limited to the following:
- Buying medications for cancer patients
-Donating supplies to the hospitals
-Subsiziing patient treatment not covered by insurance
-Paying accommodation expenses for out-of-town patients
-Altering the mentality of how sick people are perceived
-Passionately improving livelihoods-- one by one
The work that Advita Fund is implementing is of great value. It was an amazing personal experience to find out more about the impact that these bone marrow transplates can have and I was extremely pleased to see just how developed Advita Fund truly is. They are a well established organization and highly regarded within the NGO community in Russia regarding cancer treatment. Thanks again to Marina, Pavel, and everyone else who made this visit possible. GlobalGiving is proud to be in collaboration with such a top notch organization and we look forward to working with you in the years to come.