Sam Sokolinsky via Crowdrise
August 22, 2011
BENEFITING: ADVITA FUND USA
Sergei passed away on February 16, 2011.
Sergei Didukh was 19 years old. In 2001 he received a terrifying diagnosis: Ewing’s sarcoma of the lower third in his right thigh bone. He was treated in the oncology unit of the Russian’s Clinical Hospital in Moscow. In 2002, the treatment was completed but for 8 more years Sergei was regaining function in his leg. He underwent 15 surgeries: heart surgery, plastic surgery, and installation of endoprosthesis (bone replacement) among them. It seemed the terrible disease had been forgotten. Sergei left behind suffering from chemotherapy, multiple operations, anesthesia, and therapy with Elizarov’s device. But bad fortune had a “gift” for Sergei for his 18th birthday: a metastasis in his left shoulder bone. All Sergei’s dreams collapsed: he had to postpone college plans and forget about his favorite hobby, playing a guitar. He started treatment again; this time, at Petrov’s Oncology Research Center in St. Petersburg. Since July 2009 the doctors fought for Sergei’s life, but the tumor has not retreated. In September of 2010 Sergei had a relapse and doctors decided to stop the treatment and he returned home with his mother.
Sergei lived with his mother in a small northern settlement and had no one to support them: Sergei’s father has been absent from his live for 14 years now.
This is just one of the sad stories that many Cancer Patients in Russia and other former Soviet Republics share with Sergei. Please support this project to help Advita Fund USA raise money for other kids who need a chance at life that Sergei did not get.
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