Help Cancer Patients Pay for Travel Expenses!

by Advita Fund USA

We have decided to make a change to this project and extend its reach to include all costs related to traveling to cancer treatment site: airfare, lodging, and related expenses.  Cancer is treacherous, it mutates and evolves constantly, and patients have to strive to keep up the pace.  Often times, it means that patients with rare or advanced tumors need to access the doctors practicing far away from home. 

For example, here is a story of Maruf who lives in Uzbekistan. In 2012 he was incorrectly diagnosed and had surgery, then treated for hernia, and only in 2013 he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.  Since then Maruf has been in a continous struggle with cancer, as it would retreat for a few months, only to come back again and again.  In September 2016 Maruf had a second relapse, and by this type the tumor had become resistant to commonly available chemotherapy.  Local doctors did not have any options available to Maruf outside of surgery. 

With our help, he was able to travel to India to consult with more experienced specialists.  He came back encouraged, as a newer, targeted therapy is available in India that can help him achieve remission again.  This type of therapy is called targeted because it can identify and attack cancer cells, while doing little damage to normal cells.  Maruf is looking forward to going back to India to purchase the medication soon. 

Maruf has three children and is no longer able to work.  His family had used up their life savings during the years of treatment.  He has to rely on support of charitable organizations to help him reach necessary treatment.  Thanks to your donations, he has already traveled once, and we hope to be able to support him again. 

Thank you so much for staying with us! 


Sixteen-year-old Polina from Russia was diagnosed with cancer last year.  She has Ewing's sarcoma, a very rare bone cancer affecting primarily kids between the ages of 6 and 18.  After nine months of treatment locally, in Perm, her cancer began progressing, and Polina's parents had to start searching for other clinics to continue her treatment. As Russian clinics had either no available beds or treatment options to offer, Polina's parents took her to Singapore. Currently, Polina's doctor is trying new, cutting-edge treatment methods to combat sarcoma, and the plan is to proceed to radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and surgery.  Polina is facing a difficult battle, as so far she did not have a very good response to chemotherapy. Recently, she began tomotherapy - an advanced form of intensified radiation therapy with enhanced accuracy. Polina's parents have used up their savings and are seeking help of others to ensure Polina can continue her treatment. They are paying out-of-pocket for all of treatment, as well as lodging and travel expenses. 

We hope you can join our efforts to help patients like Polina who have to travel far to access adequate treatment.  Let's  lessen the burden of cancer on their lives and bring holiday cheer to help them in their difficult struggles.  

Thank you for your generous support and kindness!


In our last report we told you about Anna, a mom from St. Petersburg suffering from lymphoma.  Thanks to your support, we were able to pay for her travel expenses in Belgium where she is participating in a clinical trial. Anna is sending her sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped!

Recently, we were contacted by another patient who needs to access treatment outside of his home country.  Alexander is 24. He is a direct descendant of great Ukrainian poet and artist, Taras Shevchenko. Two years ago, he graduated from Transportation University, but before he could find a job he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer of lymphoid tissue. Generally, this is a type of cancer that has good prognosis. However, in Alexander's case the disease persisted. Even after initial 8 cycles of chemotherapy, additional four cycles at Bone Marrow Transplant center, and a transplantation of Alexander's own stem cells, lymphoma came back.

At this point, his only hope for recovery rests on finding a donor for another stem cell transplant that can only be done abroad, as Ukrainian doctors do not perform these more complex types of transplants. But before that, he also needs to achieve remission with help of newer drugs that are not available in Ukraine. 

Alexander is raising funds to continue his treatment abroad where he can access latest cancer treatments. His doctors believe he has very good chances of beating the disease, but he needs our help to make it a reality.  Alexander is looking into possibility of travel to such countries as Italy or Spain to access clinical trials and receive medications for free, but he still needs help with travel and lodging expenses. 

Thanks again for your generosity and kindness!  Please consider signing up as a recurring donor to help us provide support anytime help is needed.  Simply click on Donate Monthly tab and enter any amount you wish to donate monthly. 

Alexander in the hospital
Alexander in the hospital

In our last report we shared Yulia's story.  She is a young expectant mom who is undergoing cancer treatment in Germany at the same time.  Recently, Yulia told us that in about a month she is scheduled to deliver her baby.  As soon as she feels well enough, she will be re-evaluated and further treatment strategy will be determined.  She cannot wait to meet her son and shared a few of her new pictures with us.  Yulia also asked to express her gratitude for support and care at this difficult time in her life.  Thank you so much!

Another mom who needs our help is Anna, a 39 year-old woman from St Petersburg, Russia.  She has two lovely children. During her second pregnancy in 2012 she was diagnosed with melanoma. After her daughter was born, she had a surgery to remove the tumor from her back. Unfortunately, in 2015 she relapsed, with cancer spreading to her brain, lungs and abdomen. Anna traveled to Israel for a consultation with a melanoma expert, and she was recommended immunotherapy. The medication is innovative and very effective, but also very expensive and not certified in Russia. While in Israel, Anna received 4 cycles of therapy, which cost her family a lot of money. Fortunately, a compassionate use program for this drug opened in Belgium, and Anna was able to enroll in it and receive the medicine for free. A recent examination confirmed that therapy worked well. The majority of metastases had decreased or disappeared without a trace and Anna has a chance for a full recovery! The doctors recommend her to continue the therapy for as long as she benefits. Although Anna receives the medication for free, she still has to cover the cost of travel and lodging, and she asked for our help. 

Thanks again for your support!  And save the date for the Bonus Day on June 15th.  On that day, your donation will get a 50% match from GlobalGiving - a great opportunity to help even more patients.  Hope you can join us!

Anna and her children
Anna and her children

Yulia is a young woman from a Siberian city of Barnaul. After graduating from college she worked at politology department of a local university.  But in January 2015 she started having pelvic pains. After seeing several specialists and having numerous tests that stretched for several months, she was discovered to have a mailignant tumor in her pelvis. However, the local oncologists lacked experience and equipment to perform necessary surgery. Yulia was referred to a federal cancer center in Moscow. In July 2015 she was finally operated. The surgery was very extensive and lasted 11 hours. Some of the nerves on Yulia's right leg were affected, and she now has to walk with support. Unfortunately, a few months after the surgery the cancer returned and metastasized to Yulia's spine. At that point none of the hospitals in Russia agreed to admit Yulia.  She managed to travel to Germany where she is currently receiving chemotherapy, which needs to be followed by highly accurate proton radiation treatment. Recently, Yulia discovered that she is in the early stages of pregnancy. She was happy to hear the news, but concerned for her unborn child.  At this time, she has to rely entirely on help of her friends and the kindness of strangers to pay for her treatment, childbirth expenses, and lodging in Germany.  Our project will transfer the funds raised in March for Yulia's living expenses, and we will greatly appreciate your support.

On Wednesday, March 16th, starting at 9 am EDT and until midnight, all donations to our project will receive a bonus from GlobalGiving!  This is a great opportunity to increase your impact and provide more help for Yulia and patients in similarly difficult circumstances.  I hope you will join us on that day.  Thanks again for all your support for us!


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Advita Fund USA

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
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Marina Ouano
Houston, Texas United States

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