Medulloblastoma Fight for Life

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I am raising money to help my cousin's 4-year-old child: Luca Ivanov living in Botosani, Romania who is fighting and was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma

Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumor—also called cerebellar primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)—that starts in the region of the brain at the base of the skull, called the posterior fossa. These tumors tend to spread to other parts of the brain and to the spinal cord.

So far, Luca had a brain surgery for the tumor removal and cerebrospinal fluid removal and another one for a lung complication (Pneumothorax).


Unfortunately, the doctors discovered the tumor has spread to his spinal cord, therefore, he needs to start radiation and chemotherapy.

Luca already had one chemotherapy session and on the 10th of September 2018,  he is scheduled to start the radiation therapy In Bucharest, Romania (București, Romania).

Here below are the hospitals he was and he is treated at:

A. Brain Surgery:

Spitalul Clinic Judetean de Urgenta Cluj-Napoca - Neurochirurgie
Address: Str. Clinicilor, nr/bl 3-5, Cluj-Napoca 400000, Cluj, Romania
Phone: +40 264 590 273
Website: http http://www.scjucluj.ro/index.php/sectii-si-compartimente/sectii-compartimente/63-neurochirurgie://www.scjucluj.ro/ 

B. Lung Surgery: 

 Spitalul de copii Cluj-Napoca - Pediatrie
Address:  Str. Motilor, nr. 68, Cluj-Napoca 400000, Cluj, Romania
Phone: +40 264 597 706
Website:  https://www.pedicluj.ro/organizare/sectii-compartimente/pediatrie-1 

C. Chemotherapy:

Institutul Oncologic Prof. Dr.I. Chiricuta Cluj-Napoca
Address: Str. Republicii nr. 34-36, Cluj-Napoca 400015, Cluj, Romania
+40 264 598 362, +40 264 598 363
+40 264 598 364, +40 264 591 281
+40 264 591 282, +40 264 450 749
+40264 450 753 Birou informatii
Website:  http://www.iocn.ro/PENTRU-PACIENTI/Departamente/Sectiileclinice1/Sectia-de-Oncopediatrie--eID73.html

D. Medical supervision during the Radiation Therapy:

Institutul Oncologic  "Prof. Dr. Alexandru Trestioreanu" - Secție de Oncologie pediatrică, București
Address: Șoseaua Fundeni 252, București 022328, Romania 
Phone: +40 212 271 000
Website:  http://www.iob.ro/ro/despre-institut/sectii-clinice-si-laboratoare/oncologie-pediatrica

E.  Radiation Therapy Sessions:

Address: Bulevardul Ficusului 40, București 077190, Romania
Phone: +40 21 9230
Website:  https://www.neolife.ro/radioterapie 

At the moment Luca and his mother are in the Bucharest hospital.
So far, their expenses were over 5000 Euros.

If you are willing to help, any little donation will be helpful for the family since they are financially struggling to keep up with all the medical expenses and bills, the traveling expenses and medication.

Thank you very much for your help!
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Dear friends,

Thank you for all your prayers and help!

Today, Luca is feeling a little bit better, his blood results showed improvement and he is eating a little bit. The doctors are continuing to treat him with Dexamethasone (This medication can also increase the food appetite. Dexamethasone is used to treat blood/hormone/immune system disorders, allergic reactions, and certain cancers. It is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder - Cushing's syndrome).

Please continue to pray for Luca and his family!
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Quick update:

Luca just got a blood transfusion and now the doctors are waiting to see if that's going to improve his condition!
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Dear friends and helpers,

Please keep Luca in your prayers!

Luca 's medical condition is critical as his blood results are showing a low amount of white and red blood cells and platelets (Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. If one of the blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage).

All this means that any tiny injury can produce a hemorrhage.

In order to keep his condition stable, the doctors need immediate blood transfusions at Centrul Regional de Transfuzii Cluj-Napoca, str. Nicolae Bălcescu, nr. 18, Romania from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM (Any blood type).

If you know someone who lives in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and can donate, please refer them to the address I mentioned before. Make sure you mention that the donation is for Luca Ivanov.

Thank you for all your help and please continue to share and help if you can! Any help is truly appreciated!
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Dear friends and helpers,

Luca is still under medical care and cancer treatment.
In November and December 2018 he continued to be in Cluj Napoca hospital for a check-up and chemo treatment. He had a hard time eating, sleeping, he was in a lot of pain and he became weak, so, the doctors decided to keep him in the hospital for longer than expected. But, thankfully, Luca got a little bit better, and the doctors decided to send him home to celebrate Christmas with his family.
In January 2019, Luca had returned to Cluj-Napoca for an MRI check-up and chemo treatment and the doctors found some spots on his spine, but no tumor remission. They said there should be no worries about that yet. Luca then returned home for a few days and since January 27th, he is back in Cluj for the chemo treatment and he will stay there with his mother during the entire month of February.
This continuous chemo is supposed to be harsher and more aggressive since the doctors are trying to double the dosage of treatment and this might bring a lot of side effects. Luca will have to be carefully monitored by the doctors during all this time since he is only 4 years old.
Great news, Selgros Brasov (a hypermarket/retail company from Brasov, Romania) has decided to sponsor a cancer organization who works with Luca and his family. Selgros is giving them gift cards for a certain period of time which are meant to help them with the daily food/needs expenses.
Please continue to pray for Luca and my cousin and help if you can!
I attached some pictures of Luca and his family.
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