ADVITA FUND USA

Rating: 4.95 stars   19 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 573106 Houston TX 77257 USA

Mission: AdVita Fund USA was founded to help improve access to most effective treatment to as many children and adult cancer patients as possible.  We want to make sure that our patients’ lives depend not on their financial situation, but on the progress of modern medicine.
Results: Raised over $300,000 in 2012. Contributed to cost of cancer treatment and bone marrow donor searches for 36 patients.
Target demographics: Children and young people with cancer from Russia and former Soviet Union.
Programs: * We support patients who have to travel for treatment abroad due to having high-risk and advanced cancers, or other serious illnesses, and can no longer be offered treatment within Russia. * Bone marrow transplants: we contribute to the cost of donor searches and delivery of transplants and imported equipment for bone marrow transplantation. Since Russia lacks 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 St. Petersburg. * Patients from Former Soviet Union: we support children and their families who travel to St. Petersburg from impoverished former Soviet Union countries that lack adequate medical facilities, trained personnel and medications. As non-citizens, these children are billed the full cost of treatment. * Supporting medications: we supply necessary medications to the children who may need long-term therapy with expensive drugs. For example, antifungal drugs, such as Vfend, cost over $3,000 a month.
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EIN 26-1300404
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Something really important is happening, in Russia where raising money for a great causes always seems to be fraudulent, right now you can hear about so many different organizations/funds who really helps and cares about every single soul who is seeking the help. Advita Fund USA is one of them. My close friend is the Advita’s active volunteer, and from first hand I know so many stories of hope, and cure, and life. And I am fortunate to be part of it as a donor, by making contribution I know that anybody who needs help will get it.

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2012

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The first time I encounter this organization was when my friend - active volunteer of ADVITA - was helping one Russian boy get a cancer treatment in MD Anderson in Houston, TX. This organization was able to raise enough funds to bring him here for treatment. Me and my friends were helping further to raise money for all expenses, such as medication. And this one just one story that I saw personally, there were and are many more that ADVITA USA is trying to help and it does truly make a difference - in lives of those kids and their parents. I'am amazed by all those people deeply devoted to this cause and doing their best in helping children from Russia and former Soviet republics to get the best cancer treatment they can no matter what.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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My friend Antonina Kurtova told me about Advita fund. I am usually sceptical about such a things, so I did a thorough review and finally I came to conclusion that this is real place where you can help real people. I know some frineds of my frineds were helped by Advita. Thats just a good thing where you can donate some $ that you would otherwise spent on extra beer. I am advertising Advita among my friends both is the US and Russia, as well as in some other countries. This fund really important!!! // Artem Lada, Nebraska/Russia

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined AdVita USA in 2009 soon after I moved to the USA from St.-Petersburg, Russia, and started working at MDAnderson Cancer Center as a cancer researcher. I spent 4 years working in the hospital back home providing diagnostics for leukemia patients and I have witnessed first hand all the difficulties that cancer patients face in Russia: lacking money for proper medication, poorly equipped hospitals, limited availability of modern treatment options, almost no clinical trials open for patients with relapsed cancer. Given my professional background I focused my efforts in AdVita USA on case management. Together with our volunteers I am trying to get second opinions from renown oncologists, arrange on site consultation and review of medical records, enroll relapsed patients into clinical trials, provide Russian physicians with recommendations from American specialists. AdVita USA is a great team that I am learning from every day! It is a very enriching personal and professional experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing patients who went into remission after being told that their condition was untreatable.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I knew its sister organization AdVita from St.-Petersburg, Russia

What is its top priority in the long run?

Getting access to the modern cancer treatment independently of patient's country of origin and income.

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1 person found this review helpful

Sergey M. 39, Moscow Region, Russia.I have been sick with Hodgkins lymphoma since 1997. I have gone through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cells transplantation. I have had 2 relapses. After the third relapse, doctors in Russia told me that there was no more hope for remission in my case and suggested palliative treatment. Only very advanced, cutting-edge (and also very expensive) treatment abroad could be helpful in my case.
I have found out about the Advita Fund from another patient who by then had received a very substantial help from this fund. I contacted Advita and also got my lucky chance. I received a very advanced treatment in USA, which would be absolutely impossible without financial and information support form Advita. if you could help Advita financially, then this fund would able to support even more patients who need help.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Elena, 41, Togliatti, Samara Region, Russia.
In 2008. I was diagnosed with breast cancer with metastases to the lungs.
I took 5 lines of chemotherapy (1st 7 courses, 2nd 6 courses, 3rd 6 courses, 4th 6 courses, 5th 12 courses). A neighbor in the ward gave me the address of Marina Quano and I asked her for help. Throughout the year, with her assistants Marina is actively engaged in my problem. She picks me for possible clinical studies, consults with doctors from other countries on the treatment strategy and the required additional tests, reports on new developments in medical oncology by means of articles from technical journals, providing psychological support without ignoring any one of my letter or request, always timely and accurate answers to questions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Thanks to the doctors and Marina Quano, third year alive and raising children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I want to thank all the members of your organization and especially Marina Quano for skilled and efficient work, for the assistance needed by many cancer patients and myself. Thank you very much. I wish your organization's future development and prosperity. Sincerely, Elena.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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I want to tell the whole world and will continue to do my best to spread the word about this OUTSTANDING non-profit organization. The amount of compassion, understanding, professionalism and *real practical help* I 've (my family has) received through them is AMAZING. The dedication of volunteers who run this Fund is nothing short of admirable! The amount of effort, time, even their personal investment they put into this cause that they really believe in is very touching to someone like me who just happened to encounter the world of childhood cancer as a result of personal tragedy.

I hope their base of contributors continues to grow every year. Ability to accept income tax deductible donations is SUCH a huge advantage that needs to be utilized by more people/businesses. It is such a unique, wonderful opportunity to invest in young lives: to help save lives which otherwise don't have a chance in their own homeland!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

when we were seeking help and stumbled upon Advita USA, we were: devastated by the horrible news of a dear child possibly not having any hope, we were heart-broken and grieving, confused and almost suffacated by the feeling of hopelessness AND helplessness. Advita knowledgeable staff has responded to us immediately, with the words of hope, encouragement, they listened to us, they offered suggestions, options, they did all they could to relieve us of the burdens of research that takes countless hours;

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

they do what they do BEAUTIFULLY putting in so much of their personal time and passion into this life-saving endeavor. I really do believe itt has the potential of becoming really big, if they have the right exposure and more permanent (hopefully, corporate) following of sponsors. This would allow them the ability to raise large sums of money required for medical treatments (especially cancer!) overseas fast, and even independent of patients' families and friends.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Advita Fund gives an opportunity to adults and children to find proper cancer treatment outside of their country, where all the treatment options were exhausted.
This Fund has helped save many lives and attempted to save even more . Advita gets more and more patients every day, however, there are still not enough finances raised.
The more volunteers Advita gets, the more people will know about it, the more lives will be saved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a relatively new volunteer, I have already seen the fund starting to grow faster and faster due to all the hard work of volunteers and everyone else involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want for this organization to be more known in the United States, but it is all a matter of time.

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5 people found this review helpful

Я обратилась в благотворительный фонд "АдВита" с просьбой о помощи в оплате моего лечения. С января 2010 года по текущий момент работники фонда помогали мне всевозможными способами.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Волонтеры фонда создали мне страничку, организовали сбор средств

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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