Their cancer fight is our fight!
You can make a difference every day of the year with a donation to Taguhi “Tracy” Oganyan. When you make a gift, you become a Miracle Maker and provide an important source of life sustaining support for the young lives we sponsor.
With your help, we can give these children the life-saving treatments they need. The Journey has only just begun for them, we cannot, we must not allow it to end prematurely. Please donate and help these children live long healthy lives. There is no health coverage, and there are no government benefits in Armenia. Their only hope is people like you and me.
So far, we have helped 54 children, eight of which have already lost their battle. But our resolve to help, and to find the wherewithal to pay for their treatments has only increased. The urgency of the matter cannot be any clearer; the three young lives that were lost are proof of this.
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About me: As some of you may already know, my name is Tracy Oganyan. I live in Los Angeles, but travel to Armenia often to help families in need and wounded soldiers. However, last September, during a visit to Armenia for my usual charity work, I was taken to the pediatric oncology department in one of the local hospitals. There, I was introduced to a number of cancer patients (as old as 17, but most of them under the age of 12.) It was heartbreaking to see these young souls whose skin was tainted by radiation and who’s hair have all fallen out because of the Chemotherapy they were receiving. In addition, 90% of the children in that hospital travel from villages outside of Yerevan (the capital of Armenia.)
The scene was surreal, and no parent should ever have to or experience what I witnessed. In the United States, people from underprivileged households can get free cancer treatments. However, in countries such as Armenia, there are no such programs. An average income is approximately 2000 dram (+/- $4.12) per day. Yet one course of Chemo is $700-$1000 (depending on the hospital.) Incredibly, even fever medication and antibiotics are out of reach for these families.
Upon my return from that trip, I organized multiple fundraisers and collected a considerable amount of funds to pay for the desperately needed chemo. I used the funds to sponsor the children who needed the most urgent care. However, at the rate of $1000 per child, the funds quickly ran out.
Disbursement: Once the campaign is completed, I will withdraw the funds and I will send them to Armenia personally. Additionally, I normally travel there every few months for a few weeks each time. As per previous fundraisers, I will take most of the money there myself. However, for immediate needs, a local money transfer company (much like Western Union) has offered to transfer the money raised here on GoFundMe.com to Armenia at no cost to this fundraiser. This, of course, is a huge savings. Once the transfer is completed, two of my associates in Armenia will collect the funds and make the necessary arrangements. (I.e. purchasing medications, paying medical bills at the hospitals, etc.) This is all done with the parents as witnesses, once they have given us permission and the necessary prescriptions. The medications are then given directly to the hospital staff (in certain cases, the medication is purchased at the hospital.) This is the only way we can ensure that no child will have to suffer due to financial constraints.
I want to continue sponsoring the children and I need your help to do so. Please help by donating today, so that no child has to worry about cancer tomorrow.