On December 1, the charity concert of Russian poetry and music was held in Pleasanton, CA. Our supporters raised almost $2 300 USD.
Long time ago Olga and Alexei dreamt of having a child, but since then they’ve found themselves with five: 19-year-old Anya, 13-year-old Sasha and Georgi, 12-year-old Masha and 10-year-old Sonya. And everything changed for them the day when Anya was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, one of the worst bone marrow diseases.
And Sasha became her donor
WE CRAVED FOR INFORMATION 20 YEARS AGO AND WE ARE EVEN MORE CRAVING FOR IT NOW, SINCE OUR LAB HAS GROWN AND WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 70% OF GENETIC TESTS THAT RUSSIAN CHILDREN WITH CANCER UNDERGO TO BE DIAGNOSED.
Lera Abakumiva, whose treatment was supported by Podari.Life, has shown impressive results at the Winners Games, an international sports competition for young cancer survivors. Lera won the gold medal in walking. Moreover, she got 9th place out of 30 in swimming and scored 38.8 points out of 50 in shooting competition.
Corporate gift-matching programs is a great way to help charity causes, including Podari.Life!
Employees of corporations as large as Google, Apple, Microsoft, TripAdvisor, NVIDIA GeForce, Intel, and many others joined in 2017 and this year, significantly increasing our capacity to help fight childhood cancer in Russia and other former Soviet states. So - don't miss out.
Podari.Life was added to several major workplace giving platform!
We have been members of Benevity and Bright Funds. Recently we joined YourCause. Check out whether your employer works with one of these platforms and therefore matches (usually doubles) a donation you may administer within your corporate ERM.
You can choose a charity you plan to support from the list (we hope to be the one!), and your donation – one-time or recurring) is being matched by the employer. Please, check the list of the charities supported by your employer.
Our EIN is 47-4165470.
(It might be useful even if you don't find us, just enter our EIN to add us to to the list).
Just two months ago, thanks to you, Lera had her endoprosthesis fixed, and now she is coming to the Winners’ Games right away after her treatment. She arrived from Germany to Russia on July, 28, right a few days before the Winners’ Games opening.
Lera's mother Tatiana thanks the supporters of Podari.Life for covering the girl’s treatment and says that the surgery and rehabilitation went successfully, and Lera is getting well. Of course, we are very proud of Lera Abakumova and wish her and other Winners Games’ participants to gain their best results in sports, though all of them are already the winners. All children, participating in the Winners Games, have already won their battle with cancer.
We invite you to support young cancer survivors watching highlights of the Winners’ Games on a live webcast on www.odnoklassniki.ru.
On the International Children’s Day Concert music students in New York participated in an annual non-competitive performance that became a fundraiser to benefit Podari.Life.
It's been only four months since we started accepting donations in cryptocurrency and the results are really amazing. More than 175 Bitcoins have been donated to Podari.Life to the moment!
But the most important thing is that virtual money have already become real help. We are ready to tell you the stories of those whose treatment has been financed with the help of the bitcoins you donated! These are only three stories, but in fact your help gives dozens of chances for recovery.
Besides subscription to different scientific journals (2017 and 2018) and ongoing support to academic exchange between Russian and American doctors, you helped Podari.Life to raise money to enlarge medical libraries with contemporary manuals, disease atlases and reference books - while they have very particular cost, they are a priceless piece of knowledge so necessary to provide Russian children with diagnostics and treatment. Podari.Life also - with you kind support - bought and delivered to Russia 15 “Giraffes”, special suction machines designed for kids.
But this is not all: this year we were able to buy some important medications i.e. Kidrolase that will help 18 kids fighting specific form of cancer at Dima Rogachev Pediatric Hospital.
In November we also started to accept donation in bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. That was an amazing success! Our anonymous donors gave us more than 86 bitcoins! We believe that it is a huge opportunity for us to stand up for larger causes, providing funding and assistance in fighting childhood cancer in Russia and other former Soviet republics.
For all our three charities, Russian "Podari Zhizn" Foundation, UK-based "Gift of Life" and "Podari.Life" this year was a display of a miracle of your generosity. On behalf on those who need your help and support we condone our wholehearted thanks to you for your effort to make the world a better place. We also hope you continue to support us, and we are short in words to say how much we appreciate your trust.
I hope to provide you soon - sometime in January - with our plans for 2018 and further updates regarding Podari.Life development. Undoubtedly, we have bigger goals and tougher challenges ahead, but I want to reiterate: with you, we are convinced to succeed!
Happy New Year 2018! I hope we’ll be together.
Mass We Are - Наш Массачусетс is a group for people who moved to Boston from Russia. Members of this group went on a date with Boston and decided to grant all the money paid for this wonderful excursion to our charity.
The walk started at Quincy Market and covered all the most interesting spots of North End.
The excursion touched upon historical and cultural background of our city. It became a great chance to get to know different Boston and fall in love with it again.
We are very grateful to all the participant for this decision to support our charity and we believe that is is a start to a great, life-saving tradition.
17-year-old Seryozha Sergeev, a former patient of Podari Zhizn and a cancer survivor, had to battle his illness twice. The first time, he didn’t take it seriously; he was too young to understand what he had to deal with. At six years old, the illness, the hospital, and the city of Moscow— all of it seemed like one big adventure. But when it came back, things went very different. Seryozha didn’t want to undergo one more treatment, and he didn’t have much strength for it either. Today, eleven years after he had first become ill, Seryozha tells us his story.
We already told you about Anton Gillespie — the doctor-to-be and junior student at Harvard University — who went to Moscow to get an internship at Federal Center for Pediatric Onco-Hematology. Podari Zhizn and Podari Life helped him to get an internship and now, when the trip is over, Anton shares his impressions about work and fun at the clinics.
"I think that my time in the hospital was very valuable for me. First about my time shadowing the doctors:
It was a really useful experience to watch how the doctors interact with their patients. Before this summer, I did not have many opportunities to watch doctors interact with patients who were actually staying in the hospital, only with patients who were coming into their offices for appointments.
It is definitely a very different manner because the patients in the hospital are much sicker, and especially because they are all children here. And I learned that there is not only one way — some doctors keep their visits very short yet present themselves as very knowledgeable and decisive, while others are very sweet with the children and take their time to make them feel comfortable.
I also had the opportunity to see how the family members of the patient are affected by the illness. I never realized how much of the care has to fall upon the parents, usually the mothers, who have to constantly keep watch of the child’s temperature, bodily functions, etc. I’ve seen how the children react to their own illnesses — some seem very sad and quiet as if they are contemplating the gravity of their situation, while others are upbeat and become very excited by even the smallest joys.
This firsthand experience watching the doctors, the children, and the family members was very useful in helping me to understand all of the emotions and dynamics of the relationships in the hospital room. Sometimes the doctors would try to explain the details of the diseases and procedures to me, but this wasn’t super useful to me, since I am not even in medical school yet and there was not much I could understand. However, just being able to observe everything was very valuable. It would have been nice to see a few more surgeries, but I did get to see one at least. And it would have been nice to switch around more between different departments of the clinics.
And about the volunteering — as I got a chance to spend some time with the children as a friend:
The game nights and movie nights were a lot of fun and it was great to get to know some patients as friends rather than in a professional manner.
I saw that despite going through very difficult times with their illnesses, they are all really still just normal kids, and they love to play games and goof off and wrestle and tell stories and watch Youtube videos and learn bad words in English just like any other kids.
Sometimes I saw children at the events whom I had visited weeks earlier in their own private hospital rooms when I was shadowing the doctors, and it was very sweet to see that they had recovered enough to come to the guest house for rehabilitation.
On the other hand, there were happy, seemingly healthy children in the guest house one day who suddenly became very sick again and were moved back to private rooms the next day, and I learned how unpredictable this illness can be.
It was a really great experience!".
We haven’t been seeing Yana Zaimenko who is now 29 years old for more than 6 years, i.e. her recovery from Burkitt lymphoma. It’s hard to recognize the Yana from 2009 in this serious and stern woman. Yana doesn’t look and doesn’t consider herself as a cancer survivor, she enjoins herself and her life, and we asked her how she’d learned that during and after her treatment.