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.