Help Cancer Patients Pay for Travel Expenses!

by Advita Fund USA
Help Cancer Patients Pay for Travel Expenses!

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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Ivan with his mom
Ivan with his mom

Ivan is from Ukraine. He is 7, but has already undergone two cranial surgeries. In summer of 2018 he was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a type of brain tumor, and was urgently operated. Then the second operation had to be done after he had a relapse in February 2020. Vanya had both surgeries in Okhmatdyt hospital in Kyiv. Unfortunately, the tumor could not be removed completely. And recently it started growing again, which means Vanya needs another surgery. Ivan’s parents turned to Sant Joan de Deu Hospital in Barcelona that specializes in pediatric cancer, and it agreed to admit Ivan for surgery and further treatment. However, the treatment has to be paid for out-of-pocket and Ivan’s parents cannot afford it. They are doing their best to raise funds to save their son.

Our project granted Ivan's parents 1,000 euros for the expenses associated with the surgery.  Thanks to your support, this year we were able to grant funds to 29 other children and 2 adults undergoing treatment for cancer.  And we would love to do more.

This week you can make your donation go even further: from Monday, September 12 until Friday, September 16 all donations of up to $50 to our project will be eligible for a 50% match.  We hope you consider making additional donation this week to take advantage of this great opportunity.  Thank you and stay well!

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Tymofei with his parents
Tymofei with his parents

The ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia continues to drive the refugee crisis in Europe and displace millions of people.  For those of them who suffer from cancer and other diseases requiring immediate treatment, the difficulties of accessing care may feel insurmountable.  We are continuing to receive requests for support from Ukrainian patients driven to seek care abroad.  With their lives disrupted, jobs lost, friends and neighbors moved away or inaccessible, families of patients with cancer face even bigger challenges than before the war when trying to raise funds for treatment.

We are offering grants of $1,000 to each family from the former Soviet Union that requests assistance with costs of cancer care abroad.  Most of them are now Ukrainian, and we expect this situation to remain for as long as the war goes on. 

One of the kids we recently supported is a seven-year-old Tymofei is from Kharkiv, a city that has been under attack from Russian forces since February. Five years ago Tymofei was diagnosed with acute leukemia.  After initial treatment that lasted nine months, he got well and last fall he started going to elementary school.  His dream is to become a paleontologist and study dinosaurs when he grows up.  Sadly, last October Tymofei's cancer returned.  After starting treatment in Ukraine and suffering severe complications, he traveled with his family to Turkey for bone marrow transplant.  He is now recovering after the procedure, while his parents continue raising funds for the lengthy recovery and observation period that normally lasts at least six months.

We are very grateful for your support of families like Tymofei's and we would love to support even more patients.  Thank you for your care and kindness!

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Two years ago we told you about Muazzam, a lymphoma patient from Tajikistan. She is a young woman, a mom of a little girl.  When she was 27, she enrolled into college to study math - something she dreamed about for years, but was not able to do due to family obligations.  Unfortunately, soon after she started college she began feeling unwell and developed cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.  Eventually she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.  The disease resisted standard treatment that cures most patients. 

At that time, several new drugs were recently approved for patients with refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma.  Although they weren't available in Tajikistan, Muazzam could access them in Russia, and in late 2016 she traveled to St. Petersburg for the first time. 

Since 2017 we have been helping Muazzam with her travel expenses.  As a result, she was able to access new and effective immunotherapy that helped her keep her disease at bay.  Unfortunately, last week as Muazzam traveled to Russia for the first time since Covid-19 pandemic started, she was diagnosed with a relapse and was prescribed an additional medication.

We are very grateful for your support of our project that enables patients like Muazzam reach care that extends their lives!  We will make sure to report back on how your donations change the lives of cancer patients and bring them new hope in their difficult struggles. Thanks again for your kindness!

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous new year!

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Sergei is 30.  He works in contruction and lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  Four years ago, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, one of the most common cancers of teens and young adults.  It is curable for the majority of the patients, but for a few unlucky ones the disease comes back and then it becomes more difficult to treat. 

Unfortunately, Sergei did relapse after 4 cycles of chemotherapy and 15 sessions of radiation treatment.  In October 2019 he restarted chemotherapy and was due for transplantation of his own stem cells in April 2020.  Due to covid-19 quarantine, his transplant was postponed to June, but by then its effect only lasted three months.  During a control examination, Sergei was diagnosed with another cancer recurrence.

This time, Sergei has to undergo even more intensive treatment and receive bone marrow transplant from a donor.  A donor was found in Turkey, and Sergei will be able to undergo transplantation there.  He was able to raise funds for the treatment, but he will have to stay in Turkey for at least six months after transplant to make sure his body accepts it.  During that time, he will also need to have a supporting person - his wife, his sister or his mom -  to take care of him while he is recovering.  Travel and lodging expenses are a considerable burden for Sergei's young family, and he asked us for help. 

Thanks to your support, we were able to pay for Sergei's mom and sister's travel to Turkey to stay with him while he is getting back on his feet.  We really appreciate your support for patients like Sergei!  It truly makes a difference between life or death for cancer patients, and we are eternally grateful. 

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