Sam Sokolinsky via Crowdrise
April 10, 2011
BENEFITING: ADVITA FUND USA
Middle of December, 2009 – a day like any other. Dasha was bathing her 18-month old baby Anna when, suddenly, she felt a lump. Little did they know that that hideous discovery would turn their world up side down.
The mass was found to be a malignant teratoma (Germ Cell Tumor) (YST) which is an extremely rare and aggressive type of cancer. Even though it grows very fast and metastasizes, it is considered curative, with proper and timely treatment.
Since her diagnosis, Anna has endured more than most people will in a lifetime: countless hospitalizations, 10 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor along with her tailbone, and numerous various invasive tests. All in 12 agonizingly stressful months.
Now the cancer is back, but Russian doctors can't pinpoint its location. They are at a loss on where to go from here. The need is urgent. The cancer MUST be located immediately and erradicated.
Dusseldorf University Hospital (in Germany) is ready to accept Anna and is giving her a pretty good prognosis. They are very hopeful that in her case they'll be able to achieve full remission and recovery after utilizing this innovative technology of applying hyperthermia while administering chemo. This innovative technology is not currently practiced anywhere else on children. They have successfully treated recurrent GCT in such a way in Dusseldorf, and are wishing to admit Anna as soon as possible. The cost of services in Germany is quite high.
Dear friends, that's where you come in. Together, we are in a position to make a difference . It is unbearable to know that Anna could be cured but it is impossible because of a shortage of money.