Amira and Leukemia

It’s hard for us to write about “Amira’s leukemia”. Not Amira chose leukemia, no, this destructive and malicious disease picked the girl, grabbed her out of the middle of her life. Unwarned and unexpected.

Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Greek leukos λευκός – white, and haima αἷμα – blood) is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called blasts. […]

Acute leukemia is characterized by a rapid increase in the numbers of immature blood cells. Immediate treatment is required in acute leukemia due to the rapid progression and accumulation of the malignant cells, which then spill over into the bloodstream and spread to other organs of the body. Acute forms of leukemia are the most common forms of leukemia in children.

(Source: Wikipedia)

The German charity organization Hilfe für Krebskranke Kinder Frankfurt e.V. "Help so desease can be childhood again"

Amira has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a cancer of the bone marrow, the soft tissue inside our bones producing blood cells. AML is also called acute myelocytic leukemia or acute non-lymphocytic leukemia (ANLL). It affects mostly cells that aren’t fully developed. These cells can’t carry out their normal functions. INstead, they grow uncontrolled and block the function and production of the other blood cells. That’s one reason why it’s important to get care and treatment as soon as possible. AML is a disease, that progresses quickly without treatment and leads fast to death if patients are not taken care off.

With treatment, people who have AML continue to see improved results.

So the good news is: AML is curable! Over 50% of the children have no re-occurrence (remission) of Leukemia 5 years after the treatment started. Amira was lucky and found help fast. Currently, she gets chemotherapy in the children’s hospital Tytovastreet in her hometown Simferopol. If the funding for the therapy can be secured, in about one year from now, we all hope to be through the most difficult times. The monthly cost of treatment are 6000$. Right now, Amira’s family is spending their savings. Help, so Amira can beat Leukemia with our help!

Further reading on the pages of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, stuffed with information and leads. Another brilliant resource is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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