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Dear Friends,

You are facing a serious situation and you have decided to turn to Rusfond USA.
We will try to do everything we can to help you. Please send the following information to you first and last name, first and last name of the child who needs help, his or her birthdate along with an outline of the problem (i.e. diagnosis, name of the hospital and the cost of medical treatment if known). Please also include your full mailing address and zip code, your email address, if any, and your phone numbers.
Please note – we can only consider requests for assistance at American hospitals. If you are seeking treatment outside of the United States, please write to in Russia.

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Iolanta Mamatkazina, 9 years old, has malignant tumors in both eyes – a condition called retinoblastoma; full loss of vision., requires special rehabilitation program and accommodations (New York, USA), 33,600.00 USD

Iolanta Mamatkazina, 9 years old, has malignant tumors in both eyes – a condition called retinoblastoma; full loss of vision., requires special rehabilitation program and accommodations (New York, USA), <nobr>33,600.00 USD</nobr>

 When Lana was only ten months old, she was diagnosed with cancer of the retina of both eyes. Unfortunately, the disease was diagnosed late - the surgery and treatment have not been successful. Lana lost her eyesight. Lana could not understand why suddenly everything became dark; she was afraid of the dark, cried, and wouldn’t get down from my arms for even a minute. We decided to seek the opinion of foreign doctors. Professor David Abramson from

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

in New York, NY said that the tumor seems to be “frozen” and isn’t continuing to develop. Now my daughter is under Dr. Abramson’s continual observation. We feel very fortunate that Lana was accepted to a free program for the rehabilitation of blind children, where she can learn how to live with his illness. By participating in these classes, Lana began to communicate with children and adults; she has been learning to walk with a cane, and do normal things like dress and undress independently. Iolanta overcame her fear of darkness and she plays with other children. My daughter has been developing according to her age; she memorizes and tells stories and short poems and loves to sing and dance. We have to continue participating in the program and attending the classes, but we cannot afford to pay for accommodations in New York City ourselves. My husband is the only actively working family member, and currently he works and takes care of our older son back home. Please help!

Ekaterina Mamatkazina, Krasnodar region.

$33,600 is needed to save Iolanta Mamatkazina.

Dear friends! Do not let the cost stop you if you decide to help Iolanta. Your donation in any amount will be gratefully accepted. You can contribute to Rusfond USA using PayPal or by sending a personal check payable to “Rusfond USA” and mailing it to the following address: Rusfond USA, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10170. Thank you! 
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Social Worker Antuanetta Richards, of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) (New York, USA): “Iolanta is in a special program working with a teacher of the blind and visually impaired. Our goal is to help Iolanta reach her maximum potential, to develop her independence and skills necessary for attending kindergarten and beyond”.


Ekaterina, Lana Mamatkazina’s mother, writes:
"With respect and gratitude, I wish everyone a Happy New Year. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all much happiness and prosperity! Thanks to you, our girl has become a very different child, she can now do many things on her own, she’s learning successfully, and passes tests with a grade of "excellent". Once again, Happy New Year to you and thank you so much!"