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Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!

by Advita Fund USA
Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment!
Ostap before illness
Ostap before illness

Dear friends, thank you so much for your support for Andrii, a 10-year-old lymphoma patient from Ukraine. Thanks to your generous donations and a $5,167 grant from the First Hand Foundation, Andrii received the leg surgery. He can walk now with the crutches. The treatment will continue. Thank you once again for supporting Andrii!

At this time, we are extending our support to a 3-year-old Ostap from the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk. In mid-September, the strange bruises have appeared around Ostap’s eyes. At first, his parents thought it was a result of blood vessels broke but showed Ostap to the doctors anyway. Unfortunately, doctors could not detect the cause. The boy was given medicines to strengthen his blood vessels. The bruises, however, did not go away and started to come off more and often. The parents were desperate as many tests and visits to the doctors varied in opinion. In December, parents had decided to check in with a German hospital in Nurnberg where one of their ex-classmates worked. Ostap had the blood test followed by the bone marrow biopsy and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. He was taken into the hospital and on December 4 the chemotherapy began. Please support this family as they scrambling for resources to pay for the full course of treatment, including possible bone marrow transplantation. Thank you for your consideration!

Looking into the approaching year 2016, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful year ahead. Thank you for staying with our project and helping children and families in need!

Ostap in the hospital
Ostap in the hospital

Thank you for staying with our project. We continue supporting children with cancer who have limited or no access to the modern treatments.

Andrii is one of these children. He is a 10-year-old from a small town in Poltava region in Ukraine. Like many other kids of his age, he likes outdoors, playing soccer and riding a bicycle. In March 2015 Andrii's leg started to ache and soon he became unable to stand on it. A biopsy was done, followed by surgery to replace his hip with a prosthetic. Andrii spent half a year in the cast that extended from his leg all the way to his stomach. In May Andrii was started on antibiotics but his condition continued to deteriorate. The hospitals in Ukraine could not perform necessary diagnostics and his parents decided to bring him to Israel for treatment. There he was diagnosed with stage IV anaplastic lymphoma. Andrii had chemotherapy and will need a surgery to recover his legs' functioning, as well as rehabilitation course. The initial stage of treatment was covered by parents' own savings but by now they have run out of money. Andrii's dad is the only source of family income, as the mom is staying with Andrii. He is the only child in the family.

Andrii dreamt about joining a soccer club before illness and speaks about it often. Please help him finish his treatment so he could get back to soccer as a healthy boy again.


Two months ago, we received a letter from Mara.  Her baby son Mikael was little more than a year old.   But instead of celebrating his first birthday, his family was scrambling to raise funds for life-saving treatment.  Just weeks earlier, Mikael was diagnosed with a large liver tumor, hepatoblastoma.  His parents took Mikael for treatment in a clinic in Munich, Germany. Proposed treatment plan included several cycles of chemotherapy and surgery.  During consultations with the best doctors in their native Armenia, Mikael's parents were told that curability of this type of cancer is much higher (90-95%) in German clinics compared to the ones in Armenia where proper treatment is not provided due to low quality of equipment, medications and treatment protocols. Although at first Mikael's parents expected to be able to afford the treatment, they soon realized that they needed support of others to pay for all the bills.

We used $1,029 of the funds raised in this project to support Mikael and his family.  And a few days ago, Mara shared the great news: "I am the happiest mom on earth now! My son is cancer free! Five blocks of chemotherapy, difficult surgery, fever, pain, sleepless nights and days full of stress but never despair are all behind now. With all the prayers, God's will and professionalism of his doctors - surgeons and oncologists, and good care of the nurses he recovered from his deadly disease. The tumor that was poisoning him from inside was removed completely and all other indicators are said to be OK, meaning he has no cancer cells anymore..."

Thanks again for your support got little patients like Mikael!  We hope to bring you many more great stories like this one!


Vadim is a 14-year-old boy from Ukraine. The story of his illness began in 2013 with an inflamed lymph node that quickly led to an avalanche of increasingly serious symptoms: fever, weight loss, and fatigue. Within days, a terrible diagnosis was made: stage IV anaplastic large cell lymphoma.  Vadim underwent six high-dose chemotherapy cycles, and achieved remission. He was happy to be at home and enjoy life. Unfortunately, after 9 months of follow-up tests, something appeared to be wrong with his bone marrow. It turned out that Vadim developed secondary chronic myeloproliferative disease, caused by chemotherapy. The only treatment for this condition is bone marrow transplantation from a donor, and it is not done in his home country.  Vadim's chance to live is very expensive. His family received a bill from a hospital in Italy for bone marrow transplantation for 120,000 euros. For Vadim's family, it is a lifetime of earnings.

We receive requests for help with stories like Vadim's every week, from many countries of the former Soviet Union.  This project helps us contribute to these families' fundraising efforts and allow them beat seemingly impossible odds. On Wednesday, May 13th you can help us earn more and support more patients by donating during Bonus Day.  Between 09:00:01 EDT and 23:59:59 EDT (or between 16:00 Wednesday and 7:00 Thursday Moscow time) all donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus from GlobalGiving.  The exact percentage of the bonus will be determined after the Bonus Day, based on total amount raised.

Thanks again for your kindness and support! 


In December we shared great news with you:  we have received a very generous donation from VMWare Foundation, which had allowed us to support several families seeking help to bring their children abroad for cancer treatment.  The donation also brought us close to achieving our project goal of $25,000. 

However, recently we have experienced an increase in the number of requests from families from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  Cancer care in these countries continues to lag behind that of developed countries.  For this reason, we have decided to increase our project goal to $50,000.  We hope to be able to provide support to as many families as we can.  Our criteria for patient support remains the same:  the families have to be low income, have no insurance, and the children have to lack treatment options in their own countries. 

One of such little patients who currently needs help is two-year-old Michail.  He was born in a young family in Odessa, Ukraine. Since birth, he has been very healthy and happy boy.  But in fall of 2014 he developed a toothache, and the dentist had to take his tooth out. Beneath it, a tumor was found. At first, it appeared to be benign, but the Ukrainian doctors were unsure of the diagnosis. As Misha's condition deteriorated, his parents decided to take him to Israel for urgent evaluation. There Misha was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, with metastases in his lower jaw.   Misha had to start urgent treatment. He has already completed chemotherapy, but will also need transplant of his own stem cells, surgery on his jaw, and immunotherapy. Misha is responding well to therapy and there is hope for recovery. However, the costs of treatment are very high, and Misha's family is trying hard to raise funds for their only son.

We will be very grateful for your continuing support of our project!  Thank you for staying with us. 


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

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