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Advita Fund USA

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Causes: Health, International, International Relief

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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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 4

Advita fund is the non-profit organization that raises money for a great cause by helping Russian orphan children striked with Leukemia with their medical costs. I remember one of the charity diiner events organized by our friend to help 12-year old girl from St Petersburg. With her progressing illness she needed a bone marrow transplant which would have been performed at MD Anderson. As a result, we raised a sufficient amount of funds to do a medical procedure. We felt good by giving a young girl a Hope to live! She passed away a few months later - her body was too weak to survive a new bone marrow transpalnt. But she died with hope - nobody gave up on her! By contributing money for a great cause, you give a hope and chance to cure a sick child ! The legacy we leave is not in our possessions, but What We Do !

Antonina K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.