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ADVITA FUND USA
July 16, 2012

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.

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

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

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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.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I worked with case management for cancer patients.