Raised: 46%
 

Target: £33,347.00
Raised so far: £15,350.00

Project run by

Advita Fund USA, Houston, United Stateshttp://www.advitausa.org

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Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment

Former Soviet Union countries, including those in Central Asia, often lack adequate facilities, medications, and trained oncologists to serve children with cancer. As a result, families have to travel abroad to nearby countries, such as Israel or Germany

What is the problem the project is addressing?

Following Soviet Union breakup, the former Soviet Union countries faced abrupt reduction in centralized health care, mass departure of highly qualified medical personnel and aging equipment. Central Asian countries were hit particularly hard. Unable to find treatment at home, families with sick children have to raise enormous amounts of money, in many cases, by emptying savings and selling property, and travel abroad for modern cancer treatment.

How will this project solve the problem?

Funds raised through this project will help us serve as many families with affected children as possible. Your donations raised through this project will help families to shoulder high costs of treatment and related expenses.

What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

Children with cancer will have better chances of receiving uninterrupted treatment. We hope that continuous and successful care will allow children to reintegrate into their communities sooner.

Feb 09 2015

More children need our help

Marina Ouano

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. 

 

 

Dec 16 2014

Happy Holidays!

Marina Ouano

We are happy to share great news with you!   Our project was one of the few chosen by VMWare Foundation for its annual charitable event, during which the company raised $13,000 for our little patients.  What a great gift to children and their families at this time of the year! 

We are also grateful to all of our recurring donors for letting us have a reliable stream of donations, and to everyone else who has given support to children with cancer from the former Soviet Union.   Unfortunately, as the countries in the region remain unstable, children with cancer become some of the most vulnerable victims of continuing turbulence.  As the countries lack money for modern drugs, training of doctors and development of research, many families are forced to travel abroad to give their children a chance to live. 

Six-year-old Vlad's story is just one of many.   Recently, he traveled with his father from their native Ukraine to Hungary. There Vlad started treatment for osteosarcoma, a dangerous type of bone cancer that affected his left leg. At home it took five long months to diagnose him, and his parents lost their faith in local doctors. Vlad's family now needs help with raising funds to finish his treatment. Vlad is a bright little boy who dreams of becoming a president of Ukraine, or a soccer player when he grows up. But for now, he has to endure daily struggles with pain and nausea to get through treatment. He also misses his mom who stayed behind with his newborn sister.

Your help will lift some of the burden of cancer from this family.  Thanks again for your compassion and generosity.

Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy your holidays! 

Oct 21 2014

Angelina needs your help

Marina Ouano

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. 

Jul 22 2014

Help Katya Finish her Treatment!

Marina Ouano

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.

Apr 30 2014

Anatoli needs help to continue treatment!

Marina Ouano

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.

Thank you!

Feb 03 2014

You have helped!

Marina Ouano

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!

 

Nov 04 2013

Just a 7-years old dreamer

Alexandra Shchetkina

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!

 

Aug 13 2013

News about Amir and Elyor

Vlad Litvinov

In June our project was selected as a Project of the Month and was hosted on GlobalGiving's homepage. We will be receiving close to $5,000 from our participation in Project of the Month at the end of July.

Here is where the money will go:

In May we introduced Amir, a 4-year-old boy who had surgery on his eye due to retinoblastoma. Recently, Amir came back from Germany where he had a planned examination. His family shared good news: the residual tumor had become flat and barely visible. The oncologists could not see any new cancer growth. Amir's blood test results were also good.

We continued assisting Elyor's family. We recently made a partial payment to the hospital in Germany to help them with the costs of treatment for previously discovered new lesions. In May Elyor underwent radiation therapy to get them under control. He is currently in Germany again to undergo tests to check for any changes in his condition.

Thank you for your support of children with cancer!

May 24 2013

We are selected Project of the Month!

Vlad Litvinov

Dear friends, thank you for your continuous support!

We are proud to announce that Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment was selected as Project of the Month by GlobalGiving! It will be hosted on the GlobalGiving’s homepage for one month and we hope that it will raise additional attention to the needs of children that we are serving.

We have previously written about Elyor, 1 year old boy from Uzbekistan.  Thanks to your support, Elyor has finished radiation therapy in Germany in the beginning of May, but will need to travel back for checkups every 4-6 weeks. Last year, the total cost of treatment and travel easily exceeded family’s entire earnings. Your support will alleviate the family’s financial burden and help ensure that Elyor gets uninterrupted treatment.

Amir, a 4-year-old from Russia, is another patient with the similar diagnosis. In 2011, he had retinoblastoma surgery at the same clinic in Essen. Unfortunately, his right eye was removed but doctors were able to save Amir’s left eye. His mom works as a system administrator at education center for disabled children and makes about $250 a month, whereas each trip to Germany costs them up to 3,500 Euro. They need to frequently travel to Germany to make sure the disease is not progressing.

We hope that you continue supporting children like Elyor and Amir. Unfortunately, there is no adequate medical infrastructure to treat them at home. Our project aims to fill this gap and we are truly grateful for your ongoing support!

Mar 04 2013

Help Solomia and Sofia on treatment in Cincinnati

Vlad Litvinov

Dear Friend,

While Slava, with your support, is about to travel to Cincinnati, two girls from Ukraine are already undergoing treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. We invite you to look at their profiles.

Solomia is 5 years old. From the age of 3, she has been suffering from neuroblastoma that caused her severe bone pain. After a delay with diagnosis, she finally began treatment in Lviv, Ukraine. When she finished four cycles of chemotherapy, the doctors recommended to continue treatment in Israel. After scraping up money for a deposit, Solomia and her parents flew to Israel where standard regimen for neuroblastoma was completed. Solomia achieved remission, but to maintain it, she needed therapy with antibodies available in Europe. Unfortunately, while her parents once again were trying to raise more money, Solomia relapsed. The chemotherapy did not work anymore. Doctors in Israel recommended MIBG, a new therapy available in Europe or US. Again, Solomia and her parents had to fly to another country. They came to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, one of a few US hospitals where MIBG is available. The cost of treatment will be very high.

Sofia is 3 years old. In June 2011, she was diagnosed with a sarcoma of brain. Her parents sold their apartment in just four days and flew to Israel to start treatment. They were determined to save their only child. In Israel, Sofia underwent surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the tumor began to grow back after almost a year of treatment. The family began looking elsewhere for further therapy. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital accepted Sofia. There, the diagnosis was changed to PNET. Since coming to the US, Sofia underwent proton radiation, which allowed for more targeted therapy. She also began chemotherapy. The treatment is expected to take a long time, and Sofia’s family needs help to afford it.

Please support Solomia and Sofia, and help them complete their treatment!

Thank you!

Feb 19 2013

Help Slava get well

Vlad Litvinov

Dear Friend,

Our project aims to help children with cancer from the former Soviet Union and make high quality cancer treatment more accessible.

Slava Voroshilov is a 6-year-old from Ukraine. He comes from a region affected in the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Slava suffers from relapse of neuroblastoma, common childhood solid tumor. He was initially diagnosed in spring of 2009. His friends and family raised funds for his treatment in Italy, and Slava achieved remission after many months of therapy. Unfortunately, he relapsed a year later. This time treatment in Italy did not result in remission, and Slava’s family began looking elsewhere. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital had offered a treatment plan, but Slava needs to begin therapy quickly to stop disease progression. Please help Slava get well.

Thank you!

Dec 26 2012

Thank you for your support and season's greetings

Vlad Litvinov

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support throughout 2012 year. It has been a challenging year for our patients and their families and we appreciate your compassionate involvement in their lives. Although we did not raise as much as we have planned via this project, we were still able to help the following children as an organization: Alina Baurciulu – $1000, Arina Limanchikova – $1000, Maxim Kim – $1000, and Elyor Babaev – $900.

We sincerely thank you for all your contribution and hope on your continuous support in 2013. From all our team, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a healthful, prosperous new year!

With gratitude,

Advita Fund USA, Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment

Oct 24 2012

Update on Elyor Babaev - October 2012

Vlad Litvinov

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting Elyor Babaev from Uzbekistan. Elyor has retinoblastoma, an eye cancer. This type of disease is not treated in Uzbekistan so family had to look for medical care abroad. Elyor has been treated at the Children's Oncology Center in Essen, Germany.

As of October 2012, Elyor has finished six blocks of chemotherapy and went home to Uzbekistan to recover. It is unclear at the moment whether he will need another therapy. Doctors will want to see Elyor back to Germany every 4 - 6 weeks for checkup. The overall time for recovery and checkup may take up to 2 years. Unfortunately, Uzbekistan has no medical facilities or personnel to monitor Elyor's health. His parents, of course, are committed to do everything possible to save their little son. Each trip to Germany and outpatient treatment will cost them a lot. We will be assisting Elyor and his family throughout this period and will greatly rely on your continuous support!

Thank you!

Oct 22 2012

Help little Elyor from Uzbekistan to see

Vlad Litvinov

Dear Friend,

Our project exists to help children from the former Soviet Union to access treatment abroad. In most of the cases, this treatment is their only hope.

Elyor Babaev from Uzbekistan is just few months old. When he was only 40 days old, his parents noticed white spots inside his pupils. After a visit to a doctor, retinoblastoma (eye cancer) was diagnosed in both eyes. As the cancer is not treated in Uzbekistan, the family urgently had to fly to a specialist clinic in Essen, Germany. The initial cost of treatment was estimated at 20,000 Euros. The family could only pay for a flight to Germany and short stay at a hotel. They looked at the charity projects such as ours to help them pay for an ongoing treatment. We hope that you could help us support Elyor.

Thank you!

Aug 28 2012

Children's Day

Marina Ouano

Dear Friend,

June 1 marked Children's Day celebrations around the world. In many countries, children get presents, and parades and ceremonies are held. On this day, adults are once again reminded how precious their children are to them and how fragile they can be.

Children with cancer are particularly vulnerable. You too can join and help children with cancer get a gift - a gift of life. Your contribution will go to children like Alina whose families struggle with paying the bills for treatment. Alina, a 10-year old from Ukraine, is still fighting her cancer - rhabdomyosarcoma - and needs our support.

We are very close to finishing fundraising for Alina. Please help us meet our goal of $1,000 and let her family breathe a little easier.

Thank you so much!

P.S. On March 19, we transferred $1,000 to Alina's hospital - however, we borrowed funds from our Patients on Treament Abroad program. Please help us reimburse Alina's portion to support other children who urgently need support.

Jun 04 2012

Children's Day

Marina Ouano

Dear Friend,

June 1 marked Children's Day celebrations around the world.  In many countries, children get presents, and parades and ceremonies are held.  On this day, adults are once again reminded how precious their children are to them and how fragile they can be.  

Children with cancer are particularly vulnerable.  You too can join and help children with cancer get a gift - a gift of life.  Your contribution will go to children like Alina whose families struggle with paying the bills for treatment.  Alina, a 10-year old from Ukraine, is still fighting her cancer - rhabdomyosarcoma - and needs our support.

We are very close to finishing fundraising for Alina.  Please help us meet our goal of $1000 and let her family breathe a little easier.

Thank you so much!

Mar 12 2012

GlobalGiving matching donations on March 14, 2012

Vlad Litvinov

Dear supporter,

On March 14, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. There will be $50,000 available in matching funds from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm EDT.

We are currently raising money to help Alina Baurciulu to pay for the radiation treatment in Israel. When we collect $1,000, we will transfer this amount to Alina's hospital. With your donation made through GlobalGiving on Wednesday we could do it faster.

Please join us this Wednesday, March 14 and help us give hope to the kids with cancer!

Feb 02 2012

Help Alina in her fight against cancer!

Vlad Litvinov

Dear supporter,

The first child on our project who needs help with paying for cancer treatment is Alina Baurciulu. She is 10 years old. She was born in Moldova but grew up in Odessa, a Ukrainian city on the Black Sea.

Alina had an active lifestyle almost from birth. She dedicated herself to swimming, gymnastics and dancing. In spring 2011, she won the first place in her city’s dancing competition and was supposed to attend a sport camp in the summer. Unfortunately, sudden news had shuttered Alina’s and her parents’ lives.

Alina was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of childhood cancer located in head and neck. Unfortunately, doctors in Ukraine were unable to establish the right diagnosis and were unsure on further treatment. The family flew quickly to Israel to save their only and much loved daughter. Alina will be undergoing therapy at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv until May 2012 at the earliest. The therapy will require many different approaches, such as surgery, radiation, and several regimens of chemotherapy. The cost of treatment could amount to $95,000 – $110,000.

Please donate to our project to support Alina in her fight against cancer!