Help Cancer Patients Pay for Lodging Expenses!

by Advita Fund USA

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! 

Our new little patient is a 2.5 year-old Maxim from an eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude.   Maxim was born premature, but he quickly caught up with his peers and was developing well.  But then, at 18 months of age, Maxim's parents noticed an odd glow in his left eye.  After the tests, retinoblastoma (retina cancer) was discovered in both of his eyes.  Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save Maxim's left eye and it was removed surgically.  The doctors also predicted that Maxim's right eye would lose vision after undergoing laser therapy. 

Maxim's parents decided to get a second opinion and traveled to Memorial Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  There Maxim received chemotherapy that shattered the tumor and laser therapy on remaining small lesions.  The therapy was successful and Maxim is now recovering.  He will also need to be followed closely for the next few years to ensure any recurrence is discovered and treated promptly.  

Please help us support Maxim's family with their travel expenses to New York City!   During upcoming Bonus Day on Wednesday, October 15th,  your donation will be matched 30%.  Donate early - starting at 9 am EDT -  to make sure your donation makes even more difference.

Thank you for your support! 

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Organization Information

Advita Fund USA

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