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Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!

by Advita Fund USA
Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!

Two weeks from now we will again join Little by Little Matching Campaign which will run from April 8th - 12th. During this five-day campaign GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 60% with $50,000 in matching funds and additional $5,000 in bonus prizes!  And if you sign up for a recurring donation of up to $200, it will receive 100% match – if you donate for 4 months or more. 

This is a great opportunity to increase your impact!  Every one-time donation of $50 will turn into $80 worth of patient support.  A monthly donation of $200 will grow to $1,000 after 4 months – enough to fund a grant for a family of child with cancer that needs to travel abroad for treatment.    

Most of the donations we receive are in the $10-$25 range.  Yet, they account for 65% of the total raised!  Without contributions from our friends, neighbors, and people from all over the world, we would be far less effective.  If we relied only on large donors, we would not be able to sustain our operations all year long. 

As we near summer, many of our supporters are planning vacations, family visits, and weekend getaways.  During this time, we generally get fewer donations as people’s attention turns inward.  A successful campaign will help us get through this “dry spell” and allow us to provide support to patients who need it. 

One of these patients is 8-year old Ali from Chechnya.  Ali suffers from recurring lymphoma, and he already went through almost all treatments that modern medicine can offer: chemotherapy, surgery, transplant of stem cells from a donor, and therapy with CAR-T cells.  Unfortunately, his disease persisted.  Ali only had one more option available: treatment with CAR-T cells targeting a different protein, either in the US or China.  As this therapy had wait-listed patients in the US, Ali’s family decided to travel to China.  Next week he is scheduled to receive the infusion of cells, and his family is anxiously awaiting response. 

Thank you for supporting our project and we hope you join our campaign on April 8th!

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Happy holidays!
Happy holidays!

This year we were able to support nine families of children with cancer and help them access appropriate treatment - in Israel, Germany, Korea, Italy and the United States. Often, the families ask for support once they have already made a decision and brought their child abroad.  And at times they need help before they travel - to understand their options and to make informed choices. 

Recently, we helped one such family.  Ilya is an 8-year-old from Moscow.  A year and a half ago he was diagnosed with a rare type of sarcoma that is very difficult to treat.  Despite good care he received in Moscow, the cancer was only temporarily held back and his doctors were running out of options.  At Ilya's family's request we contacted one of the best sarcoma doctors in the US and arranged a remote consultation.  Ilya now has a treatment plan, and may come to the US for one or two of the more critical stages of treatment, but undergo the rest of treatment in Moscow - helping him retain support of his family and friends in Russia.

Thanks again for your support for our project!  If you would like to continue giving throughout the year, an easy way to accomplish that would be to set up recurring monthly payments.  And until December 31st, GlobalGiving will add 100% match to your donation amount (up to $200) if you donate at least 4 times.  

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!  Wishing you a prosperous and joyful new year! 

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September is the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Despite advances in cancer care, close to 100,000 children die from cancer every year around the world.  For the last nine years, this project has been helping families that are fighting for their children to not become part of that statistic.  

This month, your donations supported Kate's family from Sakhalin Island in the Far East of Russia.  Kate had recently turned 14 years old.  In 2017, Kate has received two vaccinations against papillomavirus. In October 2017, a month later after the second vaccination, she developed a painful swelling in the injection area, which had cleared by itself a few weeks later. The symptoms were mistakenly taken for a side effect of the vaccine. The swelling has then subsided until it came back in January 2018 accompanied by a burning pain. The examination at Sakhalin clinics revealed a malignant tumor in Kate’s left upper arm. The initial diagnosis has also stated a possibility for arm amputation.

After consulting multiple clinics in Russia and Japan, Kate’s parents have decided to take their daughter to Israel. In February 2018, they arrived in Tel Aviv. This is where Kate again has gone through a complete examination, including CT scans, MRI, and surgical biopsy. The results were compiled into final diagnosis – Ewing’s sarcoma of the left humerus. Since March 2018, Ekaterina has gone through six rounds of induction chemotherapy for Ewing Sarcoma at Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and went through the complex surgery of resection of the affected bone and replacement it with the bone implant.

The treatment has been successful, but six more rounds of chemotherapy with possible radiation are still needed to complete it. According to her doctor, Kate has a good chance at recovery if the whole treatment is completed and timed properly.  Kate’s parents are both retired and have used all of their life savings to begin and support their daughter’s treatment.  They were very grateful for our support and are hopeful that all will be well with Kate. 

Kate was the 8th pediatric patient we supported this year.  Thank you so much for your support and care, and we hope to help many more patients in the months to come! 

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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! 

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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. 

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

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