In March we shared a story of Oleg, a 4-year old treated in Germany. Your donation allowed us to help his family with the costs of lodging. In April we transferred 600 euros to Oleg's parents, which covered almost 2 months of apartment rent. They were very grateful and asked us to thank everyone for their care and support!
In April we also helped another young patient, Matvei, who came to Houston from a city in Siberia. Matvei has received initial treatment in Russia, but uncertain lesions remained and opinions were split on the best course of action. His family brought Matvei for a consultation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and after an evaluation and a short-term stay Matvei was cleared to go home. We helped Matvei with a hotel stay for the first two days in the city. He is a delightful little boy and it was a joy to meet him.
Thanks again for your support of our lodging project! It makes a significant, tangible difference to our patients and we are proud to be a part of it. If you feel the same, please spread the word!
We have recently received a new request for help from a family of a little Russian boy who is currently treated in Germany. Oleg is 4 years old. He was a happy and active kid who loved toy cars, robots and dinosaurs, until two years ago when he suddenly got fever and stomachache, and became naseous. A large abdominal tumor was discovered at ultrasound examination. And then treatment began - it included three surgeries, 8 cycles of chemotherapy and 12 sessions of radiation therapy. After one of the surgeries, Oleg lost 90% of his blood and got infected with hepatitis B in transfused blood. Eventually, he achieved remission - but only for two months. After relapse, his doctors suggested traveling abroad for further treatment, as Russia lacks such modern approaches as MIBG therapy, widely used in Europe.
Oleg's parents are young people who could not pay full costs of cancer treatment in another country. Fortunately, a large Russian charity stepped in and agreed to sponsor Oleg's hospital bills. Recently Oleg and his mom arrived at Greifswald, Germany. The University Hospital of Greifswald specializes in treating children with the type of cancer Oleg has, but it will take a long time and much effort. Oleg's family will need to remain there on treatment for at least six more months, and they need to raise funds to afford long-term lodging. Please help us support Oleg's family in their fight for their son.
Thanks again for your support for our patients!
As the year is coming to an end, we would like to update you on our progress. Our project's goal has been to help 10 patients a year, and to date, we have been able to support 6 patients with lodging and travel costs.
Most recently, we gave a check for $1000 to Slava's family, whose story we included in our last report. Slava is 7 years old and has already been in treatment for cancer for almost 5 years. During that time, he rarely lived at home. First, he traveled to Kiev from his home town of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, then to Moscow for consultations, and to Genoa, Italy after doctors in Kiev could not stop cancer progression. After successful treatment in Italy, Slava was in remission for a year. But then came relapse and the family was on the road again, to find even more sophisticated therapy. Slava is currently in Houston, TX and will need to remain here for treatment. Thanks again for your support for Slava and patients like him.
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Little Slava is from Ukraine. He is a sweet and soft-spoken 7-year-old boy who loves stuffed animals. Slava has been staying in Houston with his parents since March 2013. He has a relapse of cancer that doctors are unable to treat in his home country, and his parents brought him to MD Anderson Cancer Center that offered several chemotherapy options. Recent tests showed that Slava is responding to treatment, and he was recommended to continue the same regimen. Slava may have to stay in Houston for many more months, and the family needs our support to afford lodging.
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Thanks again for your support for Slava and other cancer patients!
David is a 5-year-old from Siberia. He is a lively, happy child who loves cars and stuffed toys. David normally has so much energy that he has a hard time sitting still or being quiet. But these days, he is much more subdued. David has been in Houston, Texas since June. He has a very aggressive type of sarcoma that is rarely curable. This is why he had to travel all the way to Houston from Siberia: MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a procedure that combines chemotherapy and surgery. In some cases, it led to long-term remissions in children of David's age.
David has already had the surgery. He is now recovering from it, while at the same time undergoing more chemotherapy and radiation therapy to strenghen the results. Ronald McDonald House is David's home away from home. It's a convenient, happy place that provides all the comforts of a home to families of seriously sick children. Whenever possible, we help patients find lodging in low-cost, but high-value lodging options, like Ronald McDonald house.
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