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You are facing a serious situation and you have decided to turn to Rusfond USA.
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An American Hospital Will Admit Arina Abdrafikova in July 

On June 18th here on this site, we told the story of Arina Abdrafikova, a six-month-old girl from Bashkiria. Arina has a malignant tumor in both eyes – retinoblastoma. She needs to undergo medical treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York). The cost of the treatment is $157,299. The Abdrafikov family will also need an additional $2,730 in support during their stay in the US. But the Abdrafikov family doesn’t have anywhere near this amount of money. Parents and volunteers raised $72,554. The Russian Aid Foundation raised $84,745 more. Individual donors from the US, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Canada and other countries have contributed to cover Arina and her father’s accommodations, local transportation, food and other associated expenses in America. Arina will be admitted to the hospital in July. Arina’s family thanks everyone who has helped. Dear friends, please accept our gratitude as well.


There’s a chance

The chemotherapy in the US can save Arina Abdrafikova

Arina Abdrafikova, six months old, has a malignant tumor in both eyes – retinoblastoma, requiring treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York). $2,730.

Арина АбдрафиковаArina is our only and long-awaited daughter! We wanted to see her grow up, go to preschool and then to school. But joyful expectations turned into a fear for her life. We noticed a strange glow in our little peanut’s eyes. At first, the doctors didn’t find anything wrong. It was only in late January that she was examined and given a frightening diagnosis: a malignant tumor of the right eye. And then four more places from which cancer could spread were found in the left eye. We were immediately offered the option of removing Arina’s right eye but we decided to do everything possible to save our daughter and went to Germany. At first, the doctors there also talked about surgery, but then decided that there’s still a chance to save her eye. After our baby successfully withstood two courses of chemotherapy, we came to the United States, to the very clinic that is considered a leader in the treatment of retinoblastoma. Having examined our Arisha, professor said that thanks to the intra-arterial chemotherapy there is a good chance of not just saving her eye, but also her vision. Volunteers and friends helped raise money for the diagnostic testing and the first round of chemotherapy, but three more rounds of chemotherapy are required. We are asking for your help in paying for them, we ourselves cannot do it! Lenar Abdrafikov, Bashkiria. 

$2,730 is needed to save six-month-old Arina Abdrafikova.

David H. Abramson, Chief, Ophthalmic Oncology Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York): "The girl has retinoblastoma in both eyes. We will administer four rounds of intra-arterial chemotherapy. This treatment has a high chance of saving her right eye and vision".

The cost of Arina’s treatment is $84,745. We are happy to report that Rusfond has raised the entire amount needed. Arina is expected at the hospital in July. However, an additional $2,730is required for her and her father’s accommodations, food, local transportation, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA.

Dear friends! If you want to help Arina 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! 

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