Help people with blood cancer to survive COVID-19

by Leukemia Foundation
Help people with blood cancer to survive COVID-19

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting Leukemia Foundation and people fighting blood cancer!

A few days ago, our foundation celebrated its ninth anniversary. For nine years, we have been helping adults in their fight against blood cancer. Despite the challenging circumstances, we remain committed to this cause, and it's only possible because of you!

Because of you, those who have faced hemato-oncological diseases receive vital medical, psychological, and social support. Because of you, hundreds of individuals overcame their illnesses and return home.

In times of instability and difficulty, the most vulnerable segments of the population suffer the most. That is why our work is crucial at present. With your support, over 1,100 people have received expensive medication and undergone life-saving bone marrow transplants.

As our foundation specializes in targeted aid, I would like to share words of gratitude from one person you have helped. Ekaterina, who has been fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for two years, is now receiving a bone marrow transplant, thanks to the support of people like you.

"There are no words to express infinite gratitude for your help!" she says, "It is not often to come across people who are willing to lend a helping hand. I sincerely thank you for your support in a time of need. Thank you so much for not passing by indifferently!

I appreciate your kind heart! May everything in your life be wonderful and prosperous. May your kind and compassionate heart always beat in rhythm with happiness and joy. May there be more impeccable individuals like you, and our world will become a much kinder place!"

Once again, thank you for your support. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of those affected by blood cancer.

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Egor has been fighting leukemia for 4.5 years
Egor has been fighting leukemia for 4.5 years

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting Leukemia Foundation and people with blood cancer in 2022. With your support we answered 766 requests for help last year!

With your support many people — those, who heard "you have cancer" for the first time in their lives, and those, who have been fighting the disease for many years — found bone marrow donors, received necessary medicine and psychological help, and came back home. And they are very grateful for your help.

I cannot squeeze all the warm and sincere words they sent to you in this one letter. But I want at least to quote a few. A few words from Egor who has been fighting blood cancer for 4.5 years now. He went through a lot in those years, but he never went to despair. Because he always felt that somewhere near him are people like you. People who are ready to help and support others.

This winter for the first time in many years Egor not only came out of the hospital, but also went to a little trip. He actually is getting back to normal. And he’s very grateful for that:

“Dear Friends!

It feels like this insane world we’re living in really lacks understanding, support, helping hands, and love for each other. But those are the things that can get us through any difficulties.

I’m deeply grateful to each and every one of you. You, who supported me and other guys who got into trouble. After my long battle with the disease, I’m very close to normal life. Thanks to you. You gave me a second chance. And this is just priceless. Thank you!

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"Hi, this is Peter whose life you saved. I know I can't thank you enough, but I'd like to try."

Three years ago, Peter just turned 18 and was full of dreams. He wanted to become a chef, he wanted to try himself in professional sports, he wanted to see the whole world. They were more of plans then dreams because Peter had already started to make them real. He studied cooking in college, played football, tried other sports, and went to his first trips.

But a few days after his 18th birthday something went wrong. He suddenly got fever and each day it was getting worse and worse. When he finally got to emergency care, half of his heart wasn’t working at all. Doctors said he was almost at death’s door.

But Peter refused to go through this door. He had too many plans for his life. After he heard the diagnosis — acute myeloid leukemia — he only asked one thing, "Is it curable?"

"Yes," answered the doctor. Peter closed his eyes, heaved a sigh of relief, and started his fight.

In the next three years he underwent many courses of chemo, a bone marrow transplant, and went into remission. But his fight didn’t end there. Few months after the transplant, he started to feel his skin was burning. It was painful to touch anything or even lay down. Peter studied his condition before, so he knew what it was.

It was graft-versus-host disease, also called a lymphocyte civil war.

Donor cells started to recognize Peter’s own cells as enemies and attacked them. Peter knew there was a medicine to help him called Jakavi. He also knew he and his mother couldn’t pay for it. So, he asked for help.

And the help came. It came from people like you, who support the Leukemia Foundation and people with blood cancer.

Thanks to people like you, Peter received his medicine, and now he can touch things again. He can lay down and sleep again. He can dream again. Then he can turn his dreams into plans, and then his plans into reality. And he’s doing it now.

 And he’s deeply thankful for that.

"My gratitude is just unmeasurable," he says. "I’m thankful to everyone who helped me buy this valuable medicine. I’m calling it valuable, not expensive, because its’ true value is not in its’ price. Its’ true value is hope. The hope you gave me. And not only the medicine is hope to me. You, you yourself are hope to me — kindhearted, caring people who help me and others in this long and hard way to health. I look up to you. I want to be like you. I know I can’t thank you enough. But I thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much!"

Peter and his friends in a hospital
Peter and his friends in a hospital
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“Behind every appeal for help, there’s a person, a life story, a family, a whole world. The world that has been destroyed. And we’re trying to piece it back together from shatters. And it’s a very hard challenge,” says Eugenia, a blood cancer patient who recently underwent seven courses of chemo and a bone marrow transplant.

Her life changed in the blink of an eye. One sunny day she just slipped and fell down, and a few weeks later she found herself on a drip in a hospital, diagnosed with rare and aggressive form of chronic myeloid leukemia.

“The saddest thing of all,” she says, “that I’m a completely ordinary person, like millions of others, none of whom expects such thing to happen to them. Everyone thinks it’s not going to happen to them.”

She spent next 15 months receiving chemo and trying to glue the shatters of her life back together. Now she’s finally recovering after a bone marrow transplant and cannot wait to get back to her daughters and her, as she says herself, “ordinary life”.

Eugenia calls it a miracle. A miracle that couldn’t happen without the donations and support of people like you.

“This is a miracle, you made happen”, she says, “I’m deeply grateful to every caring person, who answered to my appeal. Every donation is care and support. Every donation made me feel I’m not alone. Every donation empowered me and gave me hope.
It’s hard to ask for help. It’s even harder to thank for it. Cause no words can express my emotions and my gratitude.”

Eugenia is not the only one who’s grateful for your help. More than a hundred people with blood cancer, who with the help of people like you received necessary medications or bone marrow transplants this year, say the same thing. “Your donations are not just money. They’re support, they’re hope and they’re will to fight.”

It’s definitely not the easiest year for all of us, and it’s not at all going as we (or, probably, anyone) planned or expected. But despite of all difficulties, we continue helping people with blood cancer in Russia. And as long as we feel such a great support from you, we know it’s going to work out somehow. Because we have hope and will to help.

“I know, there’s a long and hard way ahead,” says Eugenia. “But I’m already on it, because you helped me make the first and the most important step. And I just couldn’t make it without you. And I thank you for that.”

Eugenia and her daughters
Eugenia and her daughters
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Natalia received medicine to overcome GHVD
Natalia received medicine to overcome GHVD

Dear Friend,


Thank you for supporting people with blood cancer!


In 2021 your donations helped us to provide 497 people fighting blood cancer with necessary medicine, treatment and care:

  • 137 people received a bone marrow transplant,
  • 190 — got expensive medicine and treatment they couldn't afford without your help,
  • 165 — received sensitive molecular biology MRD tests, that helped to perevent a relapse or to plan a treatment course,
  • 44 patients and caregivers stayed in safe apartments near clinics while receiving treatment.

Many of our patients say that your donations mean much more than money to pay for medication or a transplant, they make them feel they're not alone anymore. Support from people they've never met helps them believe that they can make it.


'I'm so happy, I'm just going to cry!' says Irina, who recieved a bone marrow transplant, 'Thanks to everyone who didn't just look away from me and helped! I've been fighting this disease for 12 years and now, with this support, there's no way I'm going to give up!'


'There are no words to express my gratitude. Thanks to you I can love and feel glad again, I can be with my friends and family! God bless you! By doing good deeds together you help us smile and be happy of being wealthy. Your support is priceless!' says Natalia, who — thanks to your help — received Jakavi medicine to beat GVH disease.


There are also 495 other thank you messager, I just can't fit in this report. Thank you for supporting Leukemia Foundation and people, we help. Stay with us in 2022, so we can help even more people to fight blood cancer.


Irina received a bone marrow transplant
Irina received a bone marrow transplant
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Leukemia Foundation

Location: Moscow - Russia
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Project Leader:
Ekaterina Saraeva
Moscow , Russia
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