Health  Russia Project #6066

Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!

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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!
Ekaterina
Ekaterina

We have great news to report:  thanks to your generosity during the holiday season, we were able to transfer $30,000 to the registry in Germany and use these funds to help pay off debts of 5 blood cancer patients!  What a great way to start a year for these patients!  Your financial support is much appreciated and will help the patients breathe a bit easier as they continue on their path to recovery. 

Here is a couple of stories of the patients who have received your support this time: 

Anastasia is from a small town in Siberia.  She is an elementary and English teacher who loves her job and her students.  In 2009 Anastasia had a daughter. All was going great.  But in 2014 she got sick with a regular cold, it seemed.  However, her blood test was abnormal and then a biopsy showed that she had issues with her bone marrow, and so all of a sudden Anastasia was diagnosed with leukemia.  It was a difficult time, as she not only had to battle cancer, but also deal with a dissolution of her marriage.  Anastasia achieved remission and stayed on maintenance chemo for two years.  Things were getting back to normal.  She even met someone and got married again.  But then leukemia returned in January 2018 and the treatment had to be restarted.  This time Anastasia has support of her husband, and their two children.  She is in remission, but for the remission to be sustained, she needed bone marrow transplant from a donor.   On Valentine's Day, she received transplant from a foreign donor and is now recovering. 

Ekaterina is from St. Petersburg.  She is a mom of two little boys: her oldest in the 2nd grade, and the youngest just a year old.  In May 2018 Katya was diagnosed with myelomonoblastic leukemia.  She is very artistic and a designer by profession.  She loved her interior designer job, and enjoyed traveling, yoga and caring for the boys.  All of it changed in last April when Katya started feeling fatigued, became nauseous and lightheaded. By now she completed several rounds of chemotherapy, but bone marrow transplant is a necessity in her situation.  Katya's brother did not match her as a donor, and the family had to search for the donor abroad.  While they were able to raise about a third of the required amount, they needed support of others to pay off the registry bill.  In December Katya received a transplant from donor.  She is still undergoing recovery and fighting off infections that developed due to her low immunity. 

We are wishing Anastasia and Ekaterina speediest recovery!  Thank you for your support of these courageous young women and others like them!

Anastasia
Anastasia
Oleg and his wife
Oleg and his wife

The year is coming to an end, and what a year it has been!  But no matter how uncertain and volatile the things are in the wider world, our work remains constant and focused on the same goals as in the past:  helping cancer patients access modern treatments.  To this end, we have supported 7 patients with blood cancers and spend over $43,000 to allow them to afford bone marrow donor searches.  These are people of all ages, of different professions and from various regions of Russia.  The only thing that unites them is their diagnosis - something that happened to them randomly, out of nowhere.  It's not only an emotional shock, but a financial disaster, as so many costs of treatment the patients are expected to pay on their own - including searches for a foreign bone marrow donor for those who need them. 

Oleg is the patient we supported most recently.  He was born in Kazakhstan, but after the Soviet Union collapsed, he moved his family to St. Petersburg.  Oleg loves to travel and he had worked as a driver his whole career.  In 2017 he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder that can transfom into leukemia.  Only bone marrow transplant from a donor can cure Oleg. Unfortunately, no matching donors were found within Russia and the search was extended to the donor registries abroad where there are several potential matches.  Oleg's family already made an initial payment of 6,000 euros to the registry after selling his daughter's apartment.  However, they could not afford to pay off the balance of the registry bill.  Your help allowed us to transfer 6,900 euros to the registry and help Oleg with this financial burden. 

There are many other patients like Oleg: people of modest means, breadwinners, parents of young children.  Very rarely there are patients who can afford cancer treatment on their own.  Most patients will need our help at some point in their treatment journey.  We hope you can consider making a gift to these people as part of your holiday giving.  One of the best gifts would be a recurring donation, since patients need help throughout the year, not just during holidays.  Now is the best time to sign up, as until December 31st Global Giving will add an additional 100% match on the initial donation (up to $200 per donor) as long as it remains active for at least four consecutive payments! 

Thank you for supporting us this year!  We wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!

Yuri
Yuri

Yuri is 25 years old. It seemed that his life was on the right track. Yuri graduated from high school and enrolled into a mining college. He led a healthy lifestyle, was active in sports and enjoyed traveling with his parents. He even made plans to marry his girlfriend Ksenia. 

However, since 2007 Yuri had enlarged lymph nodes on his neck. Initially, the doctors were not concerned. In 2010 they began growing rapidly, and Yuri underwent evaluation again. This time, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer of lymphatic system.  Yuri was shocked by the news, but with his girlfriend's support he began treatment and achieved remission. For several years, all was well: Yuri returned to school and his usual active lifestyle. 

Unfortunately, in 2014 he began showing signs of disease recurrence, and the treatment had to be restarted. Bone marrow transplant was needed to help Yuri sustain remission. In 2015 Yuri was evaluated, but treatment in his local clinic was not successful, and in 2016 he was referred to St. Petersburg for therapy with newer drugs that were recently approved for lymphoma.  After many months on treatment, Yuri's disease is now in remission and he is finally ready for bone marrow transplant. Since he does not have a matching donor in Russia, the doctors initiated a search abroad. Yuri's family resources are exhausted after years of treatment, and they need our help.

If you would like to help Yuri and patients like him, support our project during Bonus day that starts on September 12th (7 am Moscow time) and ends on September 13th (4 pm Moscow time). All donations up to $1,500 will get a bonus from GlobalGiving, proportionally to the total amount raised. Or sign up for automatic monthly donations, and receive 100% bonus after 4 monthly payments. 

Thank you so much for your support!

Rinat
Rinat

We would like to thank everyone who supported us during the Bonus Day in March, our recurring donors, and everyone who had contributed since.  Because of your kindness, we were able to help two more patients with paying the bills from the donor registry in Germany.  Both of them have already received their donors' stem cells and are now in recovery period. 

One of the patients is Rinat from Surgut, an oil city in Siberia.  Rinat is the oldest of two brothers.  His father passed away, and his mom is retired.  Rinat graduated from college with a specialty in oil production, but could not find a job in the industry.  He ended up working in a warehouse.  In 2013 he started feeling unwell and blacked out a few times.  When he had a severe tonsillitis in early 2014, he had a blood test that revealed blood cancer.  After seven blocks of chemotherapy, Rinat achieved remission.  Unfortunately, a year ago he relapsed with a more complicated type of leukemia than the first time.  Only bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor would give Rinat a chance to beat leukemia - and thanks to your support he was able to use it! 

Another patient, Irina, comes from northern Russia.  She was born in Murmansk region and later moved to Karelia.  She worked as an elementary school teacher, and then as an emergency call line operator.  A year ago, Irina herself began needing help.  She suddenly grew fatigued and developed bruises over her body.  After going to a checkup, Irina was diagnosed with MDS, a pre-leukemic blood disorder.  Irina had to relocate to St. Petersburg, as the doctors in her city had no experience with the disease.  She was recommended therapy with a newly approved drug, as well as bone marrow transplant, the only chance for complete cure.  There were potential bone marrow donors for Irina, but all of them were in foreign registries.  With the help of her son, she was able to afford initial deposit, but the rest of the bill was out of reach.  Fortunately, your support enabled Irina to mobilize a donor and undergo transplantation!

Thanks again for your care for patients like Rinat and Irina.  There are many other patients like them who cannot afford donor searches on their own.  We will make sure to continue bringing their stories to you, so you know exactly who was helped and where your donation made a difference in the world.  

All the best from our team and hope you have a great summer!

With love,

Irina
Irina
Anton
Anton

Anton is a young man from Russian city of Perm near Ural mountains.  He loves music and photography.  Anton chose to become a programmer and had developed expertise in the eight years of his career.  Unfortunately, it was cut short by a worrisome diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome.  This is a blood disorder that can transform into leukemia at any moment.  The only cure for it is transplantation of bone marrow stem cells from a donor.  Until then Anton has to remain on maintenance chemotherapy and spend weeks at a time in a hospital. 

Anton began his search for a donor in Russian registries, but no matches were found.  The only potential matches were located abroad and the cost of the search amounted to 18,000 euros.  Anton is struggling with raising funds, as his dad is retired and his mom passed away.  His younger brother is a student in college. 

A few days ago we were able to support Anton and transfer 5,000 euros to German registry for the donor search bill.  How could we accomplish that?  Fortunately, we have dozens of dedicated supporters whose monthly donations allow us to have a reliable inflow of funds.  Many others make small donations periodically, but over time they add up to a significant number. 

The week of April 9th will offer another chance for our donors to show the power of small donations.  GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain.  In addition, there will be $3,000 in bonus prizes for the top 5 fundraising projects. There will also be a 100% match for new recurring donations started during this week!   So mark your calendars for 9 am EDT (16:00 Moscow time) on April 9th and note that the campaign will end on April 13th. 

Can we demonstrate our strength in numbers and turn small donations into a huge impact? 

Let's hope so!   See you then!

 

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