Health
 Russia
Project #9795

Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment

by Advita Fund USA
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Uliana
Uliana

Last time, we told you about Adelya, a 12-year old from Russia who traveled to Houston as a last chance to save her life.  We are happy to report that Adelya was able to achieve remission, and although she remains in a fragile state, she can now be considered a candidate for a bone marrow transplant from a donor.  We are very hopeful that with the help of her family, friends, donors, and supporters Adelya will win this battle!

Another young patient who needs bone marrow transplant is a four-year old Uliana from Ukraine.  Uliana has always been a very healthy girl. Unfortunately, this summer her happy childhood has been interrupted by a sudden onset of leukemia. Uliana spent several months receiving treatment at her home town, but then her family had to take her to Italy for high-dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. This is a risky procedure, and transplantations are not available for children with leukemia in Ukraine. Uliana's 9-year old brother will be her donor. The family raised most of the required amount of 65,000 euros. However, they still need to raise 20,000 euros more to proceed to transplantation. Please consider supporting Uliana and children like her! 

A convenient way to show your support is to sign up for recurring donations that will be made automatically, every month, for as long as you would like.  Thanks again for your incredible help and kindness!

Adelya
Adelya

Recently, we met a new patient here in Houston.  Adelya came here from Ulyanovsk in Russia.  She is 12 year old, but she looks much younger. Four years ago, Adelya was diagnosed with high-risk leukemia. She was hospitalized at Blokhin Institute, the leading cancer hospital in Moscow, Russia. After a year of treatment, she was discharged in a stable remission. Unfortunately, within a year, she was diagnosed with secondary leukemia that required more therapy and bone marrow transplantation. In 2015, Adelya had a relapse. After additional treatment she went into remission again, but it was very short, and the test results in February 2016 confirmed a second relapse of acute myeloid leukemia. This time, Adelya was not offered any further treatment.

Adelya's family began looking for the hospitals abroad that may be able to help her. They came across MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston that agreed to accept Adelya. In April Adelya arrived to Texas, and she was hospitalized immeediately.  She will have a long and difficult treatment ahead of her and the family needs our support.  Here is what her mom Zulfia had to say: "I admire Adelya's maturity, wisdom and willingness to fight. For the last 4 years she has spent most of the time in the hospitals and clinics, not having an ordinary life of a child of her age. We believe that all the good things are ahead of us and we will find the way to beat cancer, so she can enjoy the future."  

I hope you can join us tomorrow, June 15th, and donate to help Adelya and other little patients like her who had to face cancer so early in their lives.  You can donate starting at 8 am CDT (16:00 Moscow time) and receive a bonus of 50% (on donations of $1,000 or less).  Thanks again for your generous support!

Almira and Nina
Almira and Nina

Last time we asked for your help for Ostap, a young boy from Ukraine.  Fortunately, his family had an outpouring of support and were able to raise all the needed funds on their own.  We used your donations to help two other children, 8-year-old girls from Russia: Almira from Buryatia, who needed to travel to Germany to ensure her leukemia remains in remission and Nina from Stavropol, who had to travel to Israel to receive an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment for lymphoma. 

Our most recent patient is Arina from Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  For the last 6 years she has been suffering from neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of pediatric cancer.  In 2009, she had the initial surgery and chemotherapy for a large abdominal tumor. Unfortunately, she relapsed just a few months later. The retesting of the tumor showed that the diagnosis was not correct and she did not receive the right therapy. The treatment was restarted, and Arina needed to undergo 8 more intensive chemotherapy cycles, followed by a maintenance regimen. Yet, disease returned again and spread to Arina's brain. More chemotherapy followed, which helped control cancer, but also made it more difficult for Arina to recover after each cycle.  Seeking alternatives, Arina's parents learned about a novel way to fight neuroblastoma that was available in Germany and decided to take a chance. Although Arina had a hard time tolerating immunotherapy, after six months she finally achieved remission. Upon return home to Krasnoyarsk she was able to start school and enjoy a normal life. Regular visits to Germany for evaluations allowed her doctors to detect even tiniest changes in her condition. Most recently, Arina was found to have an small but active lesion in her head. Due to its difficult location, it is not easy to treat, but the doctors are hopeful. They are offering Arina to undergo bone marrow transplant from a donor, which may give her a chance for a sustained remission.  However, the cost of treatment is very high, and Arina's family is doing all they can to raise the money. 

One great way to help patients like Arina is to sign up for recurring donations - that way we can ensure that no matter when a patient needs help, we have the funds to help them.  You can sign up at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-children-with-cancer-access-treatment/?show=recurring

Thanks again for everything you do!

Arina
Arina
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
Andrii
Andrii

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.

 

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Advita Fund USA

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.advitausa.org
Project Leader:
Vlad Litvinov
Houston, Texas United States

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