Help Ivan to Fight Leukemia Relapse

My high school friend, who I shared a desk with, who is a very talented young surgeon, who has a wife and three kids, who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and went through an intensive chemo therapy, bone marrow transplant and a lot of complications - needs our help. The cancer is back. Two weeks ago (October 2017) Ivan has found out that he got cancer relapse and now he needs to undergo a very expensive treatment, including chemo therapy and most importantly a drug called Ponatinib. One-month Ponatinib treatment costs $8,000, and he needs to take it for at least 12 months. With our help Ivan can get a chance to be healthy again, get back to his family and start helping other people again by being a surgeon. All the donated money will be spent on the drug Ponatinib. Thanks to previous donations, we could buy the first month treatment. The goal of this campaign is to collect to the next 4 months. 

I would like to share Ivan's story written by him: 
"My name is Ivan and I live in Russia. I am 29 years old and I have a beautiful wife and three sons (6, 4 and 2 years old). I am a surgeon by profession with an academic degree and before 10th of February 2016 I even was the head of surgery department. Before that day, I had a normal life: home routines, meetings with friends, play time with kids, rare, that’s why even more pleasant, family trips, plans for future… On 10th of February 2016 I found out that I had leukemia. It turned out to be a very rare form of the illness, that’s why after a very intense chemo therapy (February – July), I had to have bone marrow transplant from my sister. Despite all the pain and complications during the following year, I can’t say it was bad time. I was at home with my family. To see how your children are growing, to feel that they need you is priceless. No pain in the world can eclipse that feeling when a child takes you by the finger and shows “their own” world. I have not been operating since the beginning of the illness, but I was consulting others in need. I used to think that it's impossible to find satisfaction in life without a profession, now I acutely understand that this is not so. Life is important and sufficient as it is: a chance to enjoy the sun, to walk on the grass, to ride bicycles with your sons, or to fry the bread in the fireplace, to cuddle with your wife and watch "Game of Thrones" - that's what important. To live is incredible. Time was passing and slowly my body was getting stronger, and I was getting back to my routine and even started thinking of going back to work when suddenly, two weeks ago, the illness got back. Cancer relapse. And again, I need chemo therapy and most importantly a very expensive and uncertified in Russia drug – Ponatinib. The government and healthcare don’t provide with this drug, so I must buy it using my own savings and asking for help from other people. My monthly income is $500 (I am officially disabled – group 1 – which is the highest group). One-month Ponatinib treatment costs around $8,000, and I have to buy it in Germany. I really need your help, it will give me a chance to live. "
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    • $200 
    • 45 mos
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    • $100 
    • 45 mos
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    • $100 
    • 46 mos
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    • $60 
    • 46 mos
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    • $50 
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Organizer

Marina Kanushkina 
Organizer
Concord, CA
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