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Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!

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

David with his mom
David with his mom

Thank you for your support for our project!  We are continuing to recruit new donors, as well as retain our recurring donors whose support allows us to offer financial aid throughout the year.  Today we are happy to report that since our February email, in which we told Andrei's story, we were able to support two more young boys with cancer.

One of them is a 2-year-old David. In December 2016, David's mom felt a mass on his right leg when putting him to bed. The family took David to see a doctor right away. The diagnosis of cancer - embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma - was a huge shock. Adding to it was the doctors' conviction that David needed an amputation of his leg. It was a bitter pill to swallow, and David's family decided to get a second opinion abroad. They are currently in Israel, where David started treatment that may save his leg. 

Four-year-old Yaroslav was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2016, when he suddenly became drained of energy, unable to play and run, and developed fever and rash.  Unfortunately, six months of chemotherapy did not produce desired results, and Yaroslav needed to undergo bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor to have a chance to live. As pediatric transplants are not done in his native Ukraine, Yaroslav's family took him for treatment to Turkey. In April, Yaroslav received bone marrow transplant from a donor and is now recovering. 

Thanks to your kindness, we were able to support these families at the time when they needed help the most.  We are most sincerely grateful and wishing you a great summer! 

Yaroslav
Yaroslav
 

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