As we are wrapping up the results of 2016, we can already say that however much uncertainty we face in the future, we can always rely on our supporters and their commmittment to making the world a better place. Last year, you helped us raise over $47,000 for nine cancer patients in St. Petersburg who needed bone marrow transplants from foreign donors. Moreover, we now have 32 recurring donors who donate to the project every month! This is an incredible vote of confidence and we will continue to do our best to make you proud of joining forces with us!
Currently, almost 50 patients in St. Petersburg need help with paying for the search for the donors abroad. Among them are young professionals, students, moms and dads, daughters and sons - a cross-section of society. Cancer, it seems, can strike anyone at any time. That is why it is important for all of us to come together to support those who have been affected by cancer.
Young people may be particularly vulnerable, as they are only starting their careers and often have no financial cushion to fall back on. For example, Yulia is just 22 and a recent Animal Science graduate. As she was applying for her Master's degree admission, she started feeling unwell and had fever, fatigue and fainting spells. A blood test uncovered blood cancer: acute myeloid leukemia. Yulia started chemotherapy immediately, and achieved remission. However, her treatment is not over. She needs to undergo bone marrow transplantation from an unrelated donor to make sure that leukemia does not return. As a matching donor was not found in Russia, she needs to pay for the search in the registry in Germany. Yulia's dad is a retired Army officer, and her mom had passed away. Yulia cannot afford the cost of search on her own and has to rely on our help to find a donor and have a chance to live.
We hope to send another payment to the donor registry in Germany and support Yulia and other patients like her very soon. Thanks again for your generosity and kindness!