Our project has reached a few milestones since being started 5 years ago: we have received over 500 donations and raised over $40,000. Last year alone, this project supported 12 children with cancer, and we shared some of their stories with you. Your donations helped the families pay medical bills and cover other treatment-related expenses. Importantly, they relieved not only financial burden of cancer, but also emotional drain of stress and anxiety. Many families express their gratitude for support - regardless of amount - as it gives them a boost of confidence and hope for the victory in their difficult battles.
Partcularly vulnerable are the families of children that have been dealing with cancer for several years. For example, Andrei is a teen from Kiev, Ukraine. He is now 13 years old. Andrei suffers from a rare type of bone cancer. The first symptoms appeared in July 2015, but the doctors could not determined a correct diagnosis at the time. By January 2016, the pain intensified. Andrei had more evaluations and tests, sleepless nights, and wrong diagnoses. Finally, in April 2016, an accurate diagnosis was determined: Ewing's sarcoma of the left humerus. At that time, a pathological fracture occurred at biopsy site and had to be fixed with a metal plate. Then chemotherapy was started. After the third cycle of chemotherapy, Andrei and his mother flew to Tel Aviv, Israel for further treatment. There they hope to have a better chance for success, as the doctors are more experienced and better treatments are available.
Andrei still has many months of chemotherapy ahead of him, followed by multiple sessions of low-dose radiation. However, continuation of therapy is at risk, as the family struggles to raise money to complete treatment. Our project is aimed to support young cancer patients like Andrei, who can't get adequate help in their home countries and are unable to afford the cost of treatment abroad.
As we continue to receive requests for help, we have decided to increase our project goal to $80,000 and extend our program services. We hope we can continue to count on your generosity and kindness to support this project. Thank you!