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.
The reason why I support Advita is because I know that my contribution will actually make a difference. People who run this fund invest their life in saving the lives of others - and they do it passionately. I am proud of them and will always be supporting Advita. These people work hard to turn a sad story into a happy one.
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.
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.