Help Cancer Patients Pay for Lodging Expenses!

by Advita Fund USA

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!


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!


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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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