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Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!

by Advita Fund USA
Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!
Misha
Misha

Happy 4th of July!  As we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and parades, more good news is coming up in just two weeks.  Mark your calendars for July 18th - once-a-year event, during which we can earn 50% bonus on donations made that day, up to $500 per supporter. 

This year’s Rewards Bonus Day will have more in matching funds and bonus prizes than ever before! On this day, from 9:00am to 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, July 18th, GlobalGiving will have $120,000 available in matching funds. As a Superstar organization, donations to our projects will be matched at the highest level of 50%! 

In addition, we could win $9,000 in bonus prizes and a chance to earn homepage time on GlobalGiving and social media promotion!   As in the past bonus days, a 100% recurring match will be given to new recurring donors who sign up for monthly donations and give at least 4 times (up to $200 a month). 

The money raised will be used to support kids like Misha who needed to travel from his native Belarus for a checkup in Israel.  In 2015, at the age of 5, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive type of solid tumor in children that doctors in Belarus do not have much experience with.  After lengthy treatment, he achieved remission, but will require careful follow-up for several years to ensure that cancer does not come back.  Misha is trying hard to return to normal life: he went back to school and earned good grades this year.  He is currently in Israel and undergoing tests and evaluations by the specialists.  We hope that he continues to thrive and leaves the cancer worries behind. 

Thank you for allowing kids like Misha access appropriate treatment!  We value your support and care, and hope you will join us on July 18th to supersize your donation and help even more kids.  Have a wonderful summer! 

Nazar
Nazar

This month we’re celebrating the power of the crowd in the Little by Little Matching Campaign which will run from April 9th - 13th! During this five-day campaign GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. There will also be incentives for recurring donations and $3,000 in bonus prizes!

Most of the donations we receive are for $25 or less.  Yet, they account for 2/3 of the total we raise!  Without small donors and their kind contributions we would be far less effective.  So we would like to thank once again everyone who contributes to our project - no matter the size of their donation! 

Currently, we are trying to help a 5-year-old Nazar from Ukraine.  When he was 2, he underwent bone marrow transplantation in Italy, as these procedures were not done in Ukraine at the time.  Although he is doing well now, he requires periodic evaluations to ensure that donor's bone marrow is working well and not being rejected by Nazar's body.  Nazar's family is planning to travel to Italy in April and are asking for help with lodging expenses. 

Thank you for your continuing support and care. 

Alikhan
Alikhan

As we are entering 2018, it is important to look back to last year to review how much we accomplished together.  In the last 12 months your generosity allowed us to support 14 families of children with cancer and help pay for transportation, lodging and medical expenses.  The families traveled from their home countries of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Moldova to access treatment in Israel, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Switzerland. For most of them, it will be a long and challenging road and any support is important and appreciated.

Most recently, your donations went to help Alikhan who is 18 months old. He suffers from retinoblastoma of his right eye. Alikhan is the third and youngest child in his family. He was diagnosed in April 2017, and the family was shocked and greatly saddened by this news. Alikhan began treatment in Center of pediatric surgery in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he received 2 courses of chemotherapy. To his parents regret, it didn't help, as the size of the tumor did not change, while Alikhan's condition worsened. The next step would have been a removal of Alikhan's eye. The family began researching doctors and looking for different treatments to try to save Alikhan's eye. In the fall, the parents decided to take him to Ophtalmique clinic Jules Gonin in Lausanne, Switzerland. The family prepaid most of the treatment for 2017, but they still need to raise funds for the therapy that will be continuing in 2018.

Thanks again for helping young patients like Alikhan and we hope we can count on your continuing support!   Our best wishes for the New Year! 

David
David

Fall is a season when we celebrate many brave people whose lives have been touched by cancer - from September's Childhood Cancer Awareness to October's pink ribbons of breast cancer survivors.  In November, Bone Marrow Awareness month, we recognize and support transplant physicians, researchers, bone marrow donors and recipients.  

In many countries of the former Soviet Union, bone marrow transplants are still not available for blood cancer patients, even 50 years after this procedure was first performed.    For this reason, children from Ukraine, for example, often have to travel abroad for transplantation of stem cells from donors. 

Recently, parents of David, who is 3 years old, asked for our help.  A year ago, David started having fevers and his blood test revealed low count of platelets. He had to get blood transfusions to increase his platelets - again and again. After observation for nearly a year, David was diagnosed with myelodisplastic syndrome, a blood disorder that can only be cured by transplantation of stem cells from a donor. As doctors in his native Ukraine are not experienced in transplantations of stem cells to children, David needed to travel abroad for treatment. His family researched hospitals around the world and settled on Turkey, but they need help with raising funds for the procedure and potentially long-term immunosuppressive therapy.

Please help us support David's family and others like them.  We appreciate your kindness and care.

Our best wishes for the holiday season!

Theo
Theo

As of this summer, our project to support children with cancer traveling abroad for treatment had raised over 50% of target funds!  We are so grateful to our supporters!   Your donations allowed us to continue offering help to families from the many countries of the former Soviet Union that lag behind in quality of cancer care. 

One such family is from Moldova.  Their baby Theodor is only 9 months old. Two months ago, Theo's mom felt a lump in his tummy. She took him to a doctor the next day. The diagnostic tests discovered a tumor in Theo's abdomen. At first, the doctors believed he had a kidney tumor, and they advised the family to take Theo out of country for treatment in Istanbul. While there, the diagnosis was changed to neuroblastoma, a type of aggressive childhood cancer. Theo's treatment will last approximately 6 months and will include multiple cycles of chemotherapy, surgery, and possibly radiation. The cost of treatment may exceed $100,000. Theo and his family need financial support to ensure he receives the right treatment and gets the chance to beat cancer.

The great news is that starting at 9:00am EDT on Monday, August 7th, and running until 11:59pm EDT on International Youth Day, Saturday, August 12th, GlobalGiving will apply $13,000 in matching funds at 100% on all donations up to $250. Additionally, there is a 100% match on all recurring donations started during the campaign week (up to $250). GlobalGiving will also be giving out $2,000 worth of bonus prizes to the top 3 projects with the most funds raised and top 3 projects with the most unique donors!

We hope you will use the opportunity to make an even greater impact this week with your donation to support Theo and children like him!  Thanks again and have a great rest of summer!

All the best,

 

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Advita Fund USA

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Marina Ouano
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Houston, Texas United States
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