Sam Sokolinsky via Crowdrise
December 10, 2012
ADVITA FUND USA wrote -
In the modern world, cancer is no longer a death sentence. Up to 80% of patients can recover and lead healthy lives thanks to advanced medications and latest methods of testing and therapy. Yet in places like Russia and the former Soviet Union republics, which are now independent countries, many patients lack access to latest innovations, as they are not available, not covered by state-sponsored insurance or unafordable.
Bone marrow transplants are used to help patients with various kinds of serious illnesses, including leukemia and multiple myeloma. The procedure was first developed in the 1950s, and was first used successfully in 1968. Bone marrow transplants can help patients who have diseases that were once thought to be incurable.
The insufficiency of government financing of medicine and the lack of private health insurance system led to many children’s deaths that could have been prevented. Every year 1,000 children need the bone marrow transplant but only 10% of them undergo the procedure though for all of them it is the only chance to survive. Since these countries do not have its own bone marrow donor registry, patients who need the transplants have to pay over $25,000 for the search for the donor, collection of bone marrow and delivery of transplant to cities like St. Petersburg, Russia or hospitals in Germany.
Advita Fund USA was founded to help improve access to the most effective treatment to cancer patients. We want to make sure that our patients’ lives depend not on their income or birthplace, but on the progress of modern medicine.
- A donation of $50 will pay for a blood test.
- $150 donation will pay for preparation of a pathology report.
- $300 donation will pay for CT scan.
- $1,500 donation will provide a weekly supply of an antifungal drug Vfend.
- $25,000 donation will pay for a search for a bone marrow donor.
More information and ways to help can be found on http://www.advitausa.org
Advita Fund USA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.