Help Cancer Patients Pay for Lodging Expenses!

by Advita Fund USA

In our last report, we told you about Marina from Moscow who travels to Italy for melanoma clinical trial.  Thanks to your support, she continues accessing life-saving therapy.  Marina is very grateful for the support she received and sends her sincere thanks. 

Recently, we have also started fundraising for 17-year-old Anastasia from Ukraine.  Anastasia was planning to become a doctor and, according to her teachers, she had a good chance to get a high score at entrance exams.  Sadly, disease shattered her dreams.  Right after graduating from high school in May 2015, she got very sick.  Suspected pneumonia was only a symptom of the underlying disease, T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.  Due to relative rarity of this disease, Anastasia could not access proper therapy in Ukraine and needed to travel to Israel.  The treatment is expected to last 6-8 months. Anastasia's mom is a single parent, and it is very hard for her to raise funds for the treatment and lodging in a foreign country.  

We receive requests from patients like Marina and Anastasia very often, and a steady flow of donations is the best way to ensure that help is provided to everyone who applies, no matter the season.  GlobalGiving is currently offering a promotion - a match of one month's donation - on all recurring monthly donations of $200 or less!   You can take a look at the full terms and conditions, but here are the highlights:

  • New recurring donations created on will be matched up to $200 per donor per project. Eligible recurring donations of $201 or larger will be matched at $200.
  • Only the first donation will be matched. 
  • To be eligible for matching, the recurring donation must last for at least three months after the initial donation (a minimum of four donations total). So, for example, if you start a new recurring donation this December, keep it active through January, February, and March, then your initial donation from December will be matched.

And if you are ready to commit to ongoing support, here is the link to sign up for recurring donations:

Many thanks and have a joyous holiday season!   

This Wednesday, the last Bonus day of the year will offer a great opportunity to multiply your impact on someone's life.  It may be a child or an adult with cancer from a country far away.  Most likely, you will never get to meet them.  Still, your gift could be that crucial tipping point that makes all the difference in their lives. 

Consider the case of our patient, Marina K. from Moscow.  Two years ago, she was told that her melanoma became metastatic and there is no treatment that would help her.  Luckily, a new medication that modulated immune system began clinical trials in European and American clinics at about the same time.  Marina was able to enroll in the study in Italy, and even though it required her to travel back and forth every two weeks, there was simply no other choice that offered any hope. 

Then another tragedy struck.  Ten months into treatment, Marina's husband passed away.  She was left alone, without any income, and about a year more to go on her study.  Marina had to apply for help with charities.  There aren't many charities supporting adults in Russia, and hardly any help patients who have to travel abroad.  We were the only one with the programs that support patients like Marina.  Thanks to donors like you, we were able to help Marina with the costs of travel and lodging.  She is still remaining on the study.  In a few months, Marina is expected to complete her participation and we are very hopeful that she will be in a long-term remission from cancer.

If you would like to help more patients like Marina, join us on Wednesday, September 16th, starting at 9 am EDT.  All donations of $1,000 or less will receive a 30% match from GlobalGiving, but only until bonus funds last.  So donate early and grab that bonus for our patients :) 

Thanks again for all your help!


Our project had recently reached a halway point to our goal.  Thank you so much for helping us get here!  The money raised through this project go to patients who have traveled far from home and sometimes have no one else to ask for support.   

Our latest support recipient is the family of a four-year-old Sofia from Russia.  In 2013 she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. At first, the disease did not respond to treatment and it took seven months of high-dose chemotherapy to finally get it under control. Bone marrow transplantation was also done due to high risk of the relapse. Unfortunately, just ten months later, Sofia spiked fever and lost her appetite. Control tests diagnosed return of leukemia. For Sofia, it meant that nothing else can be done in Russia, and  her parents took her to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for the second opinion.  She is now undergoing treatment and will have to stay in Texas for a long time. 

We have recently provided the family with $1,500 to help pay the lodging bills. Thanks again for your support of the patients! 

Alikhan with his dad
Alikhan with his dad

During 2014 our project helped 7 cancer patients from the former Soviet Union with the costs of lodging when they traveled abroad for access to quality care.  The patients varied from a two-year-old boy from Russia to a 60-year-old grandmother from Uzbekistan.  Uniting all of them was the cancer diagnosis and the lack of adequate treatment options at home.  Thanks to supporters like you they were able to travel abroad and receive appropriate therapy. 

So far this year we have been able to support another young patient, Alikhan from Kazakhstan.  This 4-year-old has already been fighting leukemia for over a year.  The disease retreated after the initial treatment, but remission was short, and he relapsed after just four months.  He now needs to undergo transplantation of bone marrow from one of his parents, and this procedure is not done in his home country.  Although the government of Kazakhstan paid a portion of the costs of treatment, it does not help with the travel and lodging expenses.  Our support covered a month of lodging for the family, and they are very grateful for the reduced financial burden. 

Woud you like to help more patients like Alikhan?  Then donate today, March 18th, during GlobalGiving Bonus Day!  Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get a 30% bonus - but only while the funds last. So donate early - the matching starts at 8 am CDT

Thank you for staying with us!


We are happy to report that we were able to help seven cancer patients with the costs of lodging this year.  These patients had to travel far away from home - to Germany, USA, Israel and Singapore.  Your donation made a lot of difference for these patients and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your generosity and compassion.

Unfortunately, continuing instability, corruption and low government spending on healthcare in the fomer Soviet Union still drives many cancer patients to seek help abroad where qualified medical care is readily available.  Recently, we received a request for help from the parents of a ten-year-old Danylo who was diagnosed with a brain tumor 4 years ago. He had two surgeries to remove it in his native Ukraine. Then, at a consultation in Israel, it was discovered that the tumor was not as aggressive, as Ukrainian doctors thought, and Danylo only needed regular evaluations for the last 18 months. However, during the latest round of tests in Israel, a continued growth of the tumor was detected. Now Danylo needs to travel to Israel as soon as possible to have more treatment, and his parents are scrambling to raise funds.

With the help of supporters like you we will make sure to help Danylo and other patients needing access to adequate medical care.  Thanks again for staying with us!  Wishing you joy, peace and prosperity in the New Year! 

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Organization Information

Advita Fund USA

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marina Ouano
Houston, Texas United States