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!