Help Alex Beat Cancer

My dear friends, I am writing to ask you to help save my brother's life!!!  My brother Alex Romaniuk is a year 3 dental university student, as well as a talented footballer, dancer and musician.  Unfortunately, life has been unfair to him.  Last year, shortly after his 18th birthday he noticed unusual tiredness, temperature, gums and nose bleeding and small bruises all over his body. Doctors confirmed a horrific diagnosis of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) with 15/17 chromosome translocation. Basically this disease means that his body is generating abnormal immature white blood cells (blasts) filling the bone marrow and spilling into the bloodstream. Production of normal blood cells is affected, causing anemia, bleeding problems and serious infections. Healthy people also have blasts but only 2%, my brother’s blood contained 80%. Alex underwent a series of intense  and extremely painful courses of chemotherapy. Doctors advised our family to get ATRA, the most effective and expensive tablets for this type of Leukemia. We funded these drugs ourselves as we thought that this was the answer for Alex.  However, after less than a year and again shortly after his 19th birthday my brother’s symptoms returned and blood tests confirmed that the cancer had returned with blasts at 90%. This relapse was considered to be an aggressive secondary retractive form of APL. The next treatment involved us purchasing the expensive Trisenox injection however this then led to my brother developing the life threatening retinoic acid syndrome during the first week of the treatment.  He got a high temperature, heart and lung complications, strong pain in the chest, back, arms and knees, very high Leukocytosis and Thrombocytopenia. He also suddenly lost his vision in both eyes. The Trisenox treatment had to been stopped. The only option left for us is to take Alex abroad for a bone marrow transplantation.  The costs involved are extremely high.  The airlift costing $13,000 and $40,000 to $50,000 for the initial treatment (info given by Bookimed) Alternative options are either more expensive or he would not be accepted due to the previous treatment that he has had. Please help to give my brother chance to live, please save my brother's life!!!!

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Help Alex Beat Cancer

Help Alex Beat Cancer

My dear friends, I am writing to ask you to help save my brother's life!!!  My brother Alex Romaniuk is a year 3 dental university student, as well as a talented footballer, dancer and musician.  Unfortunately, life has been unfair to him.  Last year, shortly after his 18th birthday he noticed unusual tiredness, temperature, gums and nose bleeding and small bruises all over his body. Doctors confirmed a horrific diagnosis of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) with 15/17 chromosome translocation. Basically this disease means that his body is generating abnormal immature white blood cells (blasts) filling the bone marrow and spilling into the bloodstream. Production of normal blood cells is affected, causing anemia, bleeding problems and serious infections. Healthy people also have blasts but only 2%, my brother’s blood contained 80%. Alex underwent a series of intense  and extremely painful courses of chemotherapy. Doctors advised our family to get ATRA, the most effective and expensive tablets for this type of Leukemia. We funded these drugs ourselves as we thought that this was the answer for Alex.  However, after less than a year and again shortly after his 19th birthday my brother’s symptoms returned and blood tests confirmed that the cancer had returned with blasts at 90%. This relapse was considered to be an aggressive secondary retractive form of APL. The next treatment involved us purchasing the expensive Trisenox injection however this then led to my brother developing the life threatening retinoic acid syndrome during the first week of the treatment.  He got a high temperature, heart and lung complications, strong pain in the chest, back, arms and knees, very high Leukocytosis and Thrombocytopenia. He also suddenly lost his vision in both eyes. The Trisenox treatment had to been stopped. The only option left for us is to take Alex abroad for a bone marrow transplantation.  The costs involved are extremely high.  The airlift costing $13,000 and $40,000 to $50,000 for the initial treatment (info given by Bookimed) Alternative options are either more expensive or he would not be accepted due to the previous treatment that he has had. Please help to give my brother chance to live, please save my brother's life!!!!

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Help Save Yamina

Help Save Yamina

Help Save Yamina (Version en français sous le texte en anglais)Our little two-year-old daughter, Yamina, has a malformation of the bile duct (common bile duct cyst), and the only cure is surgery, until then, her life is at risk. We need your financial support to pay for the surgery. Surgery should be performed early in order to limit the development of fibrosis / cirrhosis or hepatic complications of the cyst, such as pancreatitis or cholangitis (biliary tract infection). The surgery involves removing of all the dilated, and likely cancerous, bile duct, and reconstructing the bile duct using an intestinal loop to reach the liver.Today we live with the fear that the disease worsens, which is likely to happen since after childhood the cyst can easily degenerate into a carcinoma. Yamina follows a strict diet (no dairy products, little or no fat, no chicken, no eggs) to prevent a possible worsening of her condition, knowing that she already had pancreatitis.As you can see in the attachments, the cost of the operation and hospitalization amount to 10,387€ (See quote attached). My husband and I are from low-income families and are employees with average incomes. Unfortunately, we do not now have the means to pay for the surgery's fees.I resumed my work few months ago because we have to pay for her care. I have to leave my daughter with her aunt, when I would have preferred to stay close to her. The professor we consulted told us that we should not wait too long to avoid complications due to this malformation (fibrosis, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, cancer). This is why we come to you today; we put our hopes in you to help us save our daughter and allow our family to resume a normal life.Thank you for your contribution, however much you can give. Rest assured that all payments made through the collection platform are secure.To donate: https://www.leetchi.com/c/solidarity-yaminaYou can contact us with any queries you may have at the following email address: helpsaveyamina@gmail.com.With our gratitude.Yamina's mumNotre petite fille de 2 ans, Yamina,  présente une malformation des voies biliaires (kyste du cholédoque) et le seul remède pour une guérison totale est la chirurgie.La chirurgie doit être précoce afin de limiter le développement d’une fibrose/cirrhose hépatique ou des complications du kyste, comme une pancréatite ou une cholangite (infection des voies biliaires). La chirurgie comporte l’exérèse de toute la voie biliaire principale dilatée susceptible de cancériser, suivie d’une reconstruction de la voie biliaire par une anse intestinale montée vers le foie.Aujourd'hui nous vivons avec la peur que la maladie de notre enfant s’aggrave, car après l’enfance, le kyste peut dégénérez vers un carcinome. Yamina est sous régime alimentaire (pas de produit laitiers, pas de gras ou peu, pas de poulet, pas d’œufs) afin d’éviter toute aggravation de son état sachant qu’elle a déjà fait une pancréatite.Comme vous pouvez le voir dans les PJ, les frais de l'opération et de l'hospitalisation s'élève à 10 387€. Mon mari et moi sommes issus de familles modestes et sommes des salariés avec des revenus moyens, et malheureusement nous n'avons aujourd'hui pas les moyens de payer de tels frais. J'ai repris mon travail depuis plusieurs mois puisque je l'avais mis de côté pour être près de ma fille. Maintenant, je dois la  laisser avec sa tante, car nous devons financer ses soins.Le professeur que nous avons consulté nous a expliqué qu’il ne fallait pas trop tarder pour éviter les complications dues à cette malformation (fibrose, cirrhose, pancréatite, cancérisation)C'est pour cela que nous venons vers vous aujourd'hui, que nous mettons nos espoirs en vous pour nous aider à sauver notre fille et permettre à notre petite famille de reprendre une vie normale.Merci pour votre contribution, quelle qu'elle soit. Sachez aussi que tous les payements fait à travers la plateforme de collecte sont sécurisés. Vous pouvez nous contacter à l'adresse mail: helpsaveyamin

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Improving Mental Health for the Poor in Cambodia

Improving Mental Health for the Poor in Cambodia

This page is to donate money to Prof. Alex Wood to help some of the poorest people in Cambodia to get better mental health care. The money is planned to be used as part of an ongoing project to improve the treatment of mental health in the region, or to be donated to a hospital which gives good healthcare to the poorest people for free (or at a cost affordable to them).Best value charitable donation - no middle menA key challange with giving to charity is knowing how much actually gets to where it is needed. Alex is able to personally take the money to where it is needed and use or give the money directly to the hospitals. No middle men, no employees, no advertising, none of the normal worries about the efficiency of charities.Our Mental Health ProjectImproving mental health services is a key health challenge for developing countries across South East Asia. Cambodia faces particular challenges following a genocide and series of wars in the 1970s and 1980s. During this period health care and university services were nearly entirely destroyed, including through a particular targeting of medical practitioners and academics for execution during the Pol Pot era. In the last two decades, Cambodia has made impressive efforts to rebuild its health and educations systems, including through the establishment of a basic infrastructure of hospitals, medical education universities, and aspirations to conduct international quality research. This has led to notable improvements in physical health as seen, for example, in arrested and declining HIV rates. However, mental health needs have been nearly entirely neglected, and the Cambodian population is largely without access to even rudimentary psychiatric or psychological treatments in both primary and secondary care, leading to several problems.First, rates of untreated mental illness are very high, with associated suffering and stigmatisation. Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that depression alone causes more suffering than that generated by all physical disorders combined. This suffering may be expected to be exceptionally high in Cambodia as almost no one in the older generation will have avoided witnessing or experiencing highly traumatic events, and the younger generation will have been born and parented in the recent aftermath of the trauma.Second, mental health conditions are often miss-diagnosed as physical, leading to inappropriate treatment that both wastes resources and risks harming the patient through unnecessary treatment, which in many cases exacerbates the mental health condition.Third, the treatment of chronic physical health conditions is complicated through a lack of assessment or treatment of co-morbid mental health conditions, resulting in the physical health conditions being more difficult and expensive to treat, as well as causing a considerably worse prognosis for the patient. For example, key challenges of HIV programmes include; (a) missed appointments, (b) patients dropping out of the system, (c) the need to locate patients that have so disengaged, (d) lack of adherence to treatment leading to both the emergence of opportunistic infections and HIV medication failure, (e) the need to use newer, more expensive medication due to first line medication failure, and (f) erratic medication compliance risking the emergence of drug resistance at the population level with international implications. Much of these problems emerge from patient disengagement and non-compliance, a key predictor of which in other countries is untreated simple mental health conditions such as depression. Adding a mental health assessment and treatment protocol may both reduce these problems and lead to a net financial saving for the programme.The implementation of an evidence based mental health programme is not currently possible due to the near total lack of research on how to assess or treat mental health in Cambodia, and there is no current mechanism to disseminate new p

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Saving A Single Mother

Saving A Single Mother

Suheir Halawani, 50, is a mother of four. Not more than 11 years ago, Suheir was a married woman in a perfectly healthy state who had moved with her children to Lebanon from Ghana, where they were all born.That very year, 2005, she began experiencing numbness in her left first toe. Thinking that it could possibly be due to an unnoticed bump during rush times, or perhaps due to the difference in climate from Ghana, Suheir dismissed the idea by taking over-the-counter medication. Nonetheless, the numbness only increased as time went on, until it stretched across her entire left leg. She had already begun seeking medical attention and performing numerous tests at the time, only to be told something along the lines of "Your case is strange, we have never seen this before." Her tests showed absolutely no sign of deficiencies nor anything she should worry about. At least that's what the doctors said.About one year later, Suheir was virtually paralyzed. She could not feel nor control her lower half. It was not until one doctor who used cortisone treatment on her that she was gradually able to feel and walk on her legs normally. It was a dream come true. This dream lasted for a good four years. After that, her health plummeted once more. This time, it was due to marital problems. Since she has a nervous issue, anytime she gets worried or angry, her legs would turn as stiff as stone. She then went back for even more tests. In fact, she had spinal fluid extracted twice as well as a sample from her lips in one of the best medical centers in Lebanon, all in vain. Unfortunately, every doctor's calming promises were eventually broken. "You will walk out of this hospital, trust me," they said. In 2013, Suheir got divorced, and was cut from the monthly income her ex husband sent to her and the children, who were taken back to Ghana.Within a month, she was back at her mother's house with none of her children, and zero financial income. Needless to say, both her mental and physical health deteriorated after that.Perhaps I should mention that Suheir also has only one kidney, as she lost the other in a childhood accident. She therefore needs periodic bowel checkups, which she hasn't had for over 3 years now.I also didn't mention that I am Suheir's 16 year old, and last son. During the one month that I see my mother in every year, I have seen her giving up too many times, and hate to think that she is helpless. My only dream is to know that my mother is healthy, able to walk, and that she is reunited once more with my siblings and I. Thank you.  Please click to make a contribution, and be ensured that every single penny raised from this fundraiser will go solely to the treatment of my mother in the University of Ulm, Germany.* Give however much you want.* All payments are completely secure.Thank you!

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Shine & Sign; Rebecca & Kyle; Diabetes UK

Shine & Sign; Rebecca & Kyle; Diabetes UK

Welcome to this money pot!Hi Thank you for visiting. Hopefully, once you have read about the groups that I am raising money for, you will be happy to donate on behalf of one, two or all three of the very deserving causes. Please donate as little or as much as you are able to. I have entered this years Hastings Half Marathon, taking place on the 19th March. I'll give you a moment to take that in...!!!!!! By the way, I am fully intending to walk it, which I reckon will take approximately 5 Hours  I am raising money for:Shine & SignThis group, running in Little Common and at Robsack Childrens Centre (alternating weekly), provide support to children and their parents, where the child has, primarily, communication difficulties or autism. Tom and I have been attending for the last 2 years, and without their love, support, encouragement and existence, I honestly don't think Tom would still be alive, much less the thriving little boy he is becoming. They do not have funding per se, and have recently moved away from being a Childrens Centre group, so as to provide a more broad service to its users. Any funds that I can raise on their behalf will be HUGE for them, and will help them to continue this hugely important group.Rebecca & KyleThis is what Rebecca has written:Ok, so as most of you all know Kyle and I are unable to have a baby naturally. Both of our miracle baby boys sadly passed away before a safe point in the pregnancies because of me going into severe heart failure, causing kidney failure and and reduced lung function. Thankfully due to the efforts of my specialist team I have made some good progress with recovery but it also means I'll never be able to carry our child safely.So we are venturing out on a new adventure and a scary one at that - surrogacy. We have been blessed by Jen Coleman-Cross who came to us and said she wanted to help. We couldn't imagine anyone more perfect and we are so grateful.Surrogacy isn't cheap and despite my rare heart condition and all the advice from my specialists the NHS won't help us fund it and they won't help just to have my eggs harvested. So we have to raise the funds ourselves.So far, they have raised £1,000, of the £15,000 they need just for the medical costs. Rebecca and Kyle are the sister in law and brother of my good buddy Claire Callaghan. Claire told me she was doing the half marathan to raise money for Rebecca and Kyles fund, and as I didn't want her to do it on her own, I found myself agreeing to do the half with her!!!!! Any funds that I can raise on their behalf will be HUGE for them.Diabetes UKAs many of you will know, I am a Type 1 Diabetic. This is a bloody horrible disease, that affects and effects most aspects of my life. I am truly lucky that I can inject insulin to keep me alive, but I fervently hope that one day, there may be a cure. They are the largest charity focused on diabetes research in the UK, and have invested nearly £60 million in the last ten years. Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by diabetes. The Diabetes UK Support Forum has over 10,000 members, and more than 600,000 posts. Any funds that I can raise on their behalf may make a difference to me and the other diabetics in this country. Thank you for reading, and if you are able to donate, Thank You so much.Cat xx Click to make a contribution.* Give however much you want.* All payments are secureThank you!

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Leah's Lifeline

Leah's Lifeline

Thank you for doing the selfie challenge! What do you say when your 12 year old daughter asks if her mum is going to be here next Christmas. She tells people how much her mum means to her and how she needs help raising money for life saving surgery. She has been a young carer for a few years and doesn't leave the house before making sure mum is safe. She keeps a smile on so no one can see how scared she is to lose her mum.Her grandad takes her horse riding when he can so that she can escape everything for a few hours. She gets a holiday in the summer with the young carers group but more than anything wants to spend summer with her mum like she used to. She watches every day knowing her mum needs life saving abroad and that the money is the only thing standing in the way of getting her mum back. Picture a few years ago before things got really bad.I have a rare condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) I need Life Saving Surgery because my spine is unstable and crushing my brainstem. I cannot turn my neck without partially dislocating it and the bottom of my brain has come out of my skull into the spinal canal. I can't even turn my head when Caityn says "mummy look at this" The surgery I need is not done in the UK for EDS patients and I need to raise funds to go to Barcelona. I have brainstem compression and  I need surgery to to make more space for my brain and to fuse my skull to my cervical spine. I can't leave the house unless it's serious and I forget more and more memories of fun days with my daughter because of the damage being done to my brain.In order to prevent lower limb paralysis I also need to have lower spinal surgeries. I want walk hand in hand with my daughter in the sunshine again, take her to the beach and watch her collect shells. The conditions I have are called Cranio Cervical Instability, Atlanto Axial Instability, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and others.  I want to see the pain disappear from her eyes because she can be a child again and I can look after her. I have life threatening conditions and without these surgeries that the UK cannot provide I am living on borrowed time until the next thing happens. I need to get these surgeries to be there for my daughter. I have to achieve this, theres no other hope now. I already suffer from sublaxations, blood pressure and heart issues, facial swelling and numbness, electric shocks, insomnia, muscle weakness and so much more. I need your help to beat this and live.The money raised will pay for surgery and the required hospital care in Barcelonas Hospital Teknon. Surgery for Ehlers Danlos Patients is generally not undertaken in the UK  and is not offered for Cranio cervical fusion. It is only available in the USA or Barcelona. The cost to have surgery in the USA is approximately $150,000 for one part, so I am lucky to have the opportunity of surgery with Dr Gilete in Barcelona. Your donations will help me to live and mean so much more than any words I can say but from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I will also post videos of me at the hospital before and after surgery so you can all see what your amazing donations have done for me . Stage one is £60,000 and is the sugery that will save my life. Stage 2 will secure the rest of my neck and Stage 3 will be my lower spine. Thank you for reading and supporting If anyone wishes to use PayPal then the email is leahboxall@hotmail.comwww.gofundme.com/leahs-surgery-fundFacebook: Leah's Lifeline

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Friends of Kopila

Friends of Kopila

Welcome to this Money Pot to help Kopila to build a better Nepal and empowering women!Dear Friends, Tomorrow it will be the International Women's Day. On this special occasion, we would like to help Kopila-Nepal to raise funds to create a new training center to empower more nepalese women. Because sadly we still live in a world where TALENT IS UNIVERSAL BUT OPPORTUNTIES ARE NOT ;Because every life matters and is equal whatever the side of the world you are born in, whatever you are male or female ;And because the world cannot improve, if half of its population is left behind;We take the opportunity to warmly welcome you in this Money Pot. It costs 12 000 USD to build a new training center for empowering women and give them business skills in Pokhara, where the NGO is running Safe Home, a safe place for women who were living in the street and mentally-challenged. Kopila is doing this amazing job through Nepal to empower women and their children suffering from psychologic problems, mental health issues due to Maoist Conflict or domestic violence, abuse and exploitation.They build, day by day, a better Nepal, by empowering the destitute women. The NGO has been rewarded several times by the Nepalese government for its strong involvement for the betterment of the country. For those who would be still sceptical about giving, every small amount counts and can make a huge impact.The first one is generating HOPE among nepalese women so they are able to think about a brighter future. Very inspiring things are happening through the world when you give a woman a small amount of money. She can change the entire community and world around her. Join our mouvement to be part of the social changes happening in Nepal! Thank you very much in advance for your very kind and very generous gesture. It would be great if you could share this link with your connections. Warmest Regards from Kopila Team. Click to make a contribution.* Give however much you want.* All payments are secureThank you!

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Ambulance for Kiabakari Health Center in Tanzania

Ambulance for Kiabakari Health Center in Tanzania

Welcome to this money pot for the ambulance for Kiabakari Health Center !Our health center in Kiabakari in rural area of Mara Region in north-western Tanzania, located between Lake Victoria and Serengeti National Park needs an ambulance to enable us to expand mobile clinic health services to villages surrounding Kiabakari, accessed by dirt, rough roads; and allow for secure and quick transfer of patients, in particular - expectant mothers who need to be referred to hospitals for safe delivery of their babies - as we at present lack blood bank and major theater capabilities. Help us to help people in remote villages with the mobile clinic services. Help us to help Mums to deliver babies safely here or if needed - to be quickly transferred to hospitals in Musoma, Butiama, Bunda or Mwanza.  Help us to help save lives of patients needing quick and reliable transfer from Kiabakari to hospitals elsewhere. MIVA Poland is ready to help us in purchasing the vehicle but we need to secure 1/3 of the cost of the vehicle which is 10,000 Euro. On top of that there are additional costs of clearing and forwarding at Dar es Salaam port, registration, insurance, construction of the parking shade for the ambulance in our health center and costs of traveling to Dar and delivering of the ambulance to Kiabakari. These additional costs will amount to approx. 10,000 Euros. So, in total we aim at fundraising 20,000 Euros. Click to make a contribution.* Give however much you want.* All payments are secure.Thank you on behalf of the staff and patients of Kiabakari Health Center!

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