In July we asked for your support for Katya who is treated in Germany. Since then we were able to raise $2,000 and forward the money toward lodging costs. Katya and her family are very grateful to everyone!
We have recently met another young patient here in Houston. Angelina is such a happy little girl that it is hard to believe she has already had to face two different cancer diagnoses in just three years of life. First it was neuroblastoma that showed its symptoms in infancy. The treatment was very difficult and toxic, with many complications. Angelina learned to walk in the hospital and she celebrated her first birthday there. Once the treatment was over, Angelina's family was eager to leave the bad memories behind. Unfortunately, soon after her second birthday, cancer returned. This time, it was a brain tumor. Angelina had surgery and more chemotherapy to combat it. She is now being transplanted her own stem cells to make sure that cancer does not come back. Angelina's mom asked us for help with paying for medications and medical expenses, as the family's financial means are limited.
Thank you for your support for our little patients! All the families we work with appreciate not only the financial help, but also the knowledge that perfect strangers are willing to join them in their battle. It is very empowering and we cannot thank you enough for staying with us.
In our last report we told you about Anatoli who is finishing his treatment in Israel. We are happy to report that we were able to raise $1,500 for his treatment and forward to the hospital. Anatoli and his parents are sincerely grateful. Thank you so much!
Now another child from Ukraine needs our support. Katya is only 10, but she has been fighting cancer for three years already. Initially, she was treated in Kiev and then traveled to Moscow for surgery. After 15 months of treatment, she finally achieved remission. Unfortunately, it did not last, and Katya relapsed six months later.
The only way to try to save her life was to travel abroad to Germany where new immunotherapy, unavailable in Ukraine, was offered. The cost of it, however, is very high, and as a foreigner, Katya is billed for the full cost of treatment.
Please help Katya and her family in their fight with cancer! Thank you for your support.
Anatoli is an 8-year old from Ukraine. He is a quiet boy who loves books and has a vivid imagination. Last year Anatoli suddenly fell ill. When local doctors failed to diagnose him, the family took him to Israel for treatment. Within days of arrival, Anatoli was paralyzed from waist down. A tumor in his spine was discovered and Anatoli was operated, but he remains paraplegic to this day. The doctors are administering him chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumor and restore his mobility. Anatoli is now half way through the treatment, and he needs our support to continue it and get well.
Here is his story in his own words:
Hello. My name is Anatolii. I am 8 year old.
Several months ago I fell ill seriously, and I don't feel my legs right now. In spite of all the efforts of my family to find a specialist who could diagnose and help me in Ukraine, we failed.
After having done the MRI check in Ukraine we went to Israel to be diagnosed in a proper way and I undergone the operation immediately, because according to MRI there was a tumor in the spine area.
In Ukraine the doctors couldn't say what kind of tumor I have. So, we stayed in Israel. I was diagnosed with sarcoma and now I have being treated with chemotherapy which is very hard on me.
My mother and father are also in Israel with me doing everything they can to save my life, but we are short of money and resources.
I'm asking you kindly to help me and to keep me alive.
I am dreaming about walking again, doing hiking and playing football with my little brother.
If you would like to support Anatoli and children like him, join us on a Bonus Day on May 7th at 9 am EDT (17:00 Moscow time). Each donation (up to $1,000) will earn 30% more from Global Giving bonus fund. Or sign up for recurrent donations, for easy automatic giving throughout the year - just click on "Monthly Recurring" tab.
In our last report we shared the story of Slava, a young Ukrainian boy. Thanks to your support, we were able to help his family with treatment-related expenses in the amount of $1,000. Slava's mom is sincerely grateful to everyone who had contributed!
We have recently had two more new arrivals in Houston: two little girls from Moscow and Uzbekistan have come for evaluation and treatment for cancer. They too need support, and we have already helped them with getting cell phones, finding lodging, and getting second opinions. More help may be needed in the future, and we will appreciate your continuing support.
One of the best ways to do so is to sign up for recurring donations: simpy click on "Monthly recurring" tab on the donation sidebar. In addition, a Bonus Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 12th. Starting at 9 am EDT, all donations made on that day (up to $1,000) will be matched at 30%, until the matching fund runs out. This is a great way to increase your impact and do more for children with cancer. Mark your calendars and donate early on February 12th!
What do you usually expect from a 7-years old boy? You expect him to be funny, curious, a dreamer, expect him to play pirates with his friends and be carried away by adventure stories.
Slava is 7 and he is just like you expect him to be. He is a dreamer. He dreams about going back home, going to school and be like everybody else. He has so much to tell his friends about countries he has been! But the only thing Slava would like to forget is hospitals.
In the age of 3 common Ukrainian boy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and his life has changed since. All these years best Italian, Russian and Ukrainian doctors have been fighting for Slava. They did all they could, and cancer was stopped, but then Slava relapsed. And now since march 2013 Americans doctors from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston take care of a boy. They have a plan how to beat his cancer and this is a really good plan! Now Slava's body is responding to treatment, he is getting better, he is fighting.
The only thing is that this good plan needs lots of money, and Slava's family can't afford it, but you can!
Your donations can help Slava access treatment and beat cancer so he could happily get back home to his friends and books!
Thank you for you support! Together we can help Slava reach his dreams.Because he is just a 7-year old boy, a dreamer who thinks that everything in the world is possible!
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