For three years we have been fighting for our son’s life. He has a tumor that has metastasized throughout his body. It will soon be a year that we’re undergoing treatment in the US. What brought us here was the opportunity to undergo a unique operation on our son’s spinal cord that was not available anywhere else. Now Slava can walk and even run, though he almost never has the strength for it. His treatment is so painful and difficult that I often wonder how he stands it. My heart breaks when I look at my son – so thin with dark circles under his eyes.
The insidious tumor disappears and comes back. A recent checkup found lesions in the head, hip, and knee. Each time it is more and more difficult to deal with them. But science isn’t standing still; doctors are experimenting with new methods. It gives hope to parents of sick children. Our Slava now needs a new treatment that is only available at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. We went there for a consultation and the doctors said that they would help. They will conduct antibody immunotherapy and the tumors will go away. Right now our family lives in different countries. Our two older children, Snezhana and Aleksander, are at home in Moscow. I am expecting our fourth child. Together with my unborn child, we have to save Slava. Here is how it will work.
Slava underwent a large number of cycles of chemotherapy after which his blood is affected, and he cannot continue the treatment until his body recovers. To speed up the recovery process, doctors use Slava’s own cells that were reserved in advance. They help strengthen his immune system. But now Slava’s cell reserves have run out, and the doctors cannot continue his treatment. When I give birth, doctors will use blood from the umbilical cord as a graft for Slava. It was a difficult step for me as I already have three children. But I am ready for anything to save my son. We absolutely have to pay for this new treatment in New York. We have already sold our apartment and moved in grandma’s small studio. We don’t have any more resources. I beg you - help us save Slava. Elena Anufrieva, Moscow.
The cost of accommodations for Slava and his parents is $1,800.
Brian Weiss, MD, Associate professor of pediatrics in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Oncology:
“We sent the family for a second opinion to memorial Sloan Kettering on 10/03/12. Slava is eligible to enroll in an antibody study (12-116:hu3F8+subcutaneous IL2) that is not available at CCHMC. I fully support this decision since we do not have this study available at CCHMC. Slava and his family will plan on staying in Cincinnati until the treatment can start at Memorial Sloan Kettering in 12/10/12 December”.
The cost of medical treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is $325,000.
Russian Aid Foundation (Rusfond) paid the whole cost of treatment ($325,000). But $1,800 is required for accommodations of Slava Anufriev, a six-year-old boy in Ronald McDonald House.
Dear friends! If you want to help Slava, please don't let the cost stop you. Your donation in any amount will be gratefully accepted. You can contribute to Rusfond USA using PayPal or by sending a check made payable to “Rusfond USA” and mailing it to Rusfond USA, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10170. Thank you!
An American Hospital continues Slava Anufriev`s medical treatment On December 18th here on this site, we told the story of Slava Anufriev, a six-year-old boy from Moscow. Slava suffers from neuroblastoma. Antibody immunotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York will save his life. The cost of the treatment is $325,000. The Anufriev family will also need an additional $1,800 in support during their stay in the US. But the Anufriev family doesn’t have anywhere near this amount of money. We are happy to announce that the Russian Aid Foundation has stepped in to help and all the necessary funds have been raised. Individual donors from the US have contributed to cover Slava and his mother’s accommodations, local transportation, food and other associated expenses in America. Slava’s family thanks everyone who has helped. Dear friends, please accept our gratitude as well.