Ailana is 5 years old. She is from Northern Kazakhstan near the border with Siberia. In 2018 Ailana was injured and during the following year her mom kept a close eye on her. She was doing well for awhile, but in 2019 she started having seizures that lasted for a year. Ailana was diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed a medication that helped to control the seizures.
Ailana started daycare, but she was constantly getting sick. In June 2023 she was running a fever and was taken to a local hospital so that she would not get a seizure. Her blood tests, however, showed that she had cancer cells in her blood. After a biopsy, the leukemia diagnosis was confirmed. Ailana’s young mom was shocked but wasted no time starting her treatment. After more than a month of chemo, Ailana had a brain MRI to check on the treatment’s effect on her brain. Unfortunately, it showed signs of her brain atrophy, while other tests showed that leukemia still persisted.
Ailana’s mom decided to seek access to more modern treatment and traveled to nearby Turkey. In Istanbul, Ailana was immediately hospitalized and was started on a different chemotherapy regimen. After 3 weeks, she achieved remission. At the same time, the treatment did not have a negative effect on her brain. Ailana was improving rapidly, and her mom decided to complete her treatment in Turkey. The treatment was expensive, especially for a single-parent household. With the help of family, friends and fundraising efforts, Ailana was able to complete her treatment and travel back home.
We are very grateful to you for your kindness that allowed us to support Ailana. Thanks again for staying with us and helping us save children like Ailana! Please join us the week of September 18-22 and donate any amount within $50. Your donation will get a 50% match from GlobalGiving during that week and will help even more patients. Mark your calendars!
Milana was diagnosed with cancer in 2019, when she was 9. She is from Kazakhstan and she was treated there initially. Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive cancer, particularly when in older kids, and Milana had to undergo multiple chemo cycles, three surgeries, stem cell transplant and radiation therapy. At last, she also had immunotherapy to strengthen her remission.
Unfortunately, in spring of 2022 Milana relapsed and a small part of the original tumor began to grow again. In her home country she could no longer get help, so her mom took her to a children's hospital in Barcelona, Spain for treatment. After surgery that, fortunately, removed the tumor completely, she began treatment with naxitamab, a new immunotherapy drug. Thanks to treatment, Milana achieved remission again. At this time, she still needs to complete 2 more cycles of the 5 initially prescribed. Milana has a brother who stayed behind with her grandparents. Her mom raises her on her own and had to sell her apartment to raise funds for the treatment.
Thanks to your support, we were able to offer Milana's family help for the third year in a row. Traveling abroad for treatment is very expensive, and the costs of lodging are considerable. We really appreciate your help for families of children with cancer! Your help allowed Milana to access lifesaving treatment, and we are wishing her the soonest recovery.
Thanks again for your continuing support - it truly helps the families to turn the corner from despair to hope. If you would like to automate your support, you can sign up for easy and convenient monthly donations at our project page.
Little Solomiia and her mother are war refugees from Ukraine. They found shelter at Solomiia's aunt place in Poland. Unfortunately, the horrible war in Ukraine, where Solomiia's father is a soldier, is not the only terrible thing in her young life. Solomiia has neuroblastoma. Treatment was brutally discontinued and the only hope for this little girl is help from all over the world. Solomiia and her mom have support from the local Polish community, but there are many others who need help, and cancer treatment is expensive for non-residents of European Union.
Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive cancer and it requires highly specialized care that takes years. Solomiia traveled to a Children's cancer hospital in Barcelona to access immunotherapy that is needed to improve survival of neuroblastoma patients. She needed our support to afford her travel and lodging expenses, and fortunately we were able to support her and her mom.
To date this year, we were able to support 32 kids with cancer with their travel and treatment expenses abroad. Most of them were Ukrainian. There are many other kids like Solomiia whose treatment at home was interrupted by war. As long as war goes on, more and more lives will be distrupted. Unfortunately, there is no end in sight to war, and we ask for your committment to support Ukrainian kids in 2023.
We are very grateful for your support during this difficult year and please know that we truly appreciate your care for some of the most vulnerable among us - kids with cancer.
Hope you have an amazing year ahead! Our best wishes to you and your loved ones!
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