Happy Birthday, Amira!

Today you turn two.

You shall have many more birthdays, have a long and joy filled life.

Health and happiness, sweetness and light to you from all of us for your 2nd birthday!


Beating Child Cancer: She’ll Celebrate her 2nd Birthday Tomorrow!

Amira turns two tomorrow, the 13th of June 2012. When she has been diagnosed in March this year, it was not clear if she will make it. Acute myleoid leukemia is a disease taking its victims fast and with a furious force.  We all hoped. We all fought. Many people from all over the world joined the battle and donated, held charity events and fundraisers for Amira, did spread the word and worked to make it possible.

And so far, it looks like we’re winning! – Amira’s condition stabilised.

Last weekend, for the first time in two months, Amira was allowed to come home and join her family. Her older brother got his sibling back, the parents and grandparents, who all live under one roof, will celebrate on the 13th of June Amira’s 2nd birthday.

We decided to join the celebrations. Make 13 Amira’s lucky number.  – What can you do?

    • Spread the word! Send this homepage to 13 friends, add a few personal words on how you found out about Amira and why you think it’s important to help! – You can use this short link to share the English page: http://bit.ly/AmiraEn
    • Strengthen the outreach Amira’s story has. Like Amira’s Facebook page and invite 13 friends to like it as well! – Besides: it will keep you updated on Amira’s recovery.
    • Ask 13 people to help. Inspiration for fundraising can be found here. Great people to approach are neighbours, colleagues, friends, a doctor in your suburb or neighbourhood or a small business who might want to support the cause
    • Last not least – Donate 13$  or 13×13$ right here by clicking the Donate button!

Make 13 Amira’s lucky number!  As by today, we also sent out a nice stack of documentation from Amira’s doctors as well as translated and legalized documents from Amira’s family to Berlin Hilft e.V. and Ein Recht auf Leben e.V. – Berlin Helps and A Right for Life, both registered German charities. Through Berlin Hilft and Ein Recht auf Leben we’re hoping to get soon eligible for tax-deductible donations. – An aspect very important for business owners who will hopefully join our cause. – The goal is to finish the 8 month of chemo therapy cycles as well as to find, fund and finish a much-needed bone marrow transplant after the chemo therapy has been completed.

Help Amira to enjoy and celebrate many more birthdays in her life! Make 13 Amira’s lucky number!

Help to Live

We spend almost a month patiently sitting and waiting for documents to pass on to our German charity organizations who will try to help to organize a treatment in Berlin. In the US the American Society of Crimean Turks organized a Mother’s Day fundraising event in New York City and thanks to many supporters, more than 7000$ could be collected for Amira. Thanks to their tireless and ongoing efforts! On top of these 7000$, a total of 6.000$ was collected worldwide so far, two sessions of chemo therapy could be done and Amira’s condition of acute myleoid leukemia (AML) stabilized. Before Amira can get her bone marrow transplant, at least one more session of chemo therapy will be needed. You can get an overview of the estimated needs on our donation page.

We found inspiring information on how you can hold a fundraiser in your community on the page of LIVESTRONG, an organisation fighting to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

The LIVESTRONG society has been founded by cancer survivor and multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. In its manifesto, it focuses at practical things, you would never think of when living your happy healthy life with your family. Read yourself and join the fight to Help Amira!

The LIVESTRONG Manifesto:

We believe in life.
Your life.
We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.

We kick in the moment you’re diagnosed.
We help you accept the tears. Acknowledge the rage.
We believe in your right to live without pain.
We believe in information. Not pity.
And in straight, open talk about cancer.
With husbands, wives and partners. With kids, friends and neighbors. Your healthcare team. And the people you live with, work with, cry and laugh with.
This is no time to pull punches.
You’re in the fight of your life.

We’re about the hard stuff.
Like finding the nerve to ask for a second opinion.
And a third, or a fourth, if that’s what it takes.
We’re about preventing cancer. Finding it early. Getting smart about clinical trials.
And if it comes to it, being in control of how your life ends.
It’s your life. You will have it your way.

We’re about the practical stuff.
Planning for surviving. Banking your sperm. Preserving your fertility. Organizing your finances. Dealing with hospitals, specialists, insurance companies and employers.
It’s knowing your rights.
It’s your life.
Take no prisoners.

We’re about the fight.
We’re your advocate before policymakers. Your champion within the healthcare system. Your sponsor in the research labs.
And we know the fight never ends.
Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
Founded and inspired by Lance Armstrong, one of the toughest cancer survivors on the planet.

The Battle Continues

On 19th of April it has been exactly one month, since Amira’s family got the devastating news. Her little daughter Amira was diagnosed with leukemia. Since that day Amira is hospitalized in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine. Meantime, a team stretching across many countries in three continents is working on getting her back on track, her journey to recovery started!

On the 19th, we managed with the help of many to double the number of Facebook supporters in only one day! You can help here easily, each click, each like shows up on many pages of our supporters and the supporters’ friends and friends of friends’. Help spread the word, the more we are, the easier it will be!

The pledge reached as well an old friend of Amira’s family. Silveta lives in the UK and decided spontaneously to start a fundraiser for her friends toddler on My Charity Page. The money collected goes to 100% to Amira to reach her  goal, recovery. Silveta could collect already over 200€ in only a few days for Amira. Thank you, Silveta!

About 200€ have been raised as well already via PayPal. We’re glad you are spreading the word and making use of the various channels to help!

In Ukraine many helpers keep going to improve the situation for Amira and many other little patients with life threatening deseases. To give children with cancer or leukemia a chance to live, they raise money, work closely with the government, distribute funds and donated medicines and give advice and support. An interview with Nona Becherova about her charity work in Ukraine you can read  here.

We’re glad to announce to have since yesterday the German-Ukrainian Charity A right for Life (Ein Recht auf Leben e.V.)  on board. Their page is bilingual German / Ukrainian. This close knowledge of Ukraine enables them, to go the path of bureaucracy in Germany, collect all documents and proofs needed and access larger German aid resources and be eligible for tax purposes. We hope to be able to offer you via this official channel the option to donate with a tax receipt soon! The goals of this really well run charity you can find here.

Last not least we’re glad to announce our fundraiser being online. On betterplace you can pay directly for one day of chemo therapy. You can collect money in a group, with neighbours or at work, host a fundraiser and pay one month of chemotherapy. 100% of the money collected goes to Amira.
You can start your own supporters group here.
You can donate by credit card or via online payments on betterplace here.

Intensely helpful has proven to be the help of The American Association of Crimean Turks. They held a Mother’s Day Fundraising event for Amira in New York City and collected all the funds needed for about one month of chemo therapy. – THANK YOU!!

As always – please spread the word! Hit that Facebook  button there below! E-mail this post out! Yes, there’s a button for that as well!

I admire the help and support Amira found in this short time. I hope it will spread further.

For for Amira and all children, who are our future.

Amira’s Diagnosis

All of us do not in particular like to go to the doctors. Especially not with kids. We all enjoy, when they are healthy and happy. When they’re playing outside with their friends and we can hear them laugh. On the Crimea peninsula in Ukraine spring comes early, often it’s already warm in March. As if winter had stayed insider her Amira got sick and no recovery seemed in sight. Often tired, sometimes feverish, her state got worse each day. When her pediatrician had tried everything and had no more medical advice to the parents, he sent the family to hospital. Sadly, Amira had to stay:

On 19th of March 2012 our little Amiroshka was hospitalized in critical condition. For about a week, only our hopes and prayers kept her alive.

After many tests and endless inspections Amira has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, AML, a disease killing its victims fast, if untreated.

It hit the family completely unexpected, out of the blue. Slowly, they started to read, learn and understand about AML. After looking up many medical terms and being reassured by Amira’s doctors, where she’s in good hands, everybody realized that there’s hope. Acute myeloid leukemia is curable. Amira can live.

In the first week at hospital her chemo therapy started:

 Her condition stabilized and now she’s on her long way to recovery.

…wrote the parents in one of their many letters and emails to friends and supporters. Many would have drawn back under the pressure of this devastating news. Some would have crashed. Amira’s family managed, not to remain passive and got in action. Together with friends and family from all over the world, they started this fundraiser. Because one thing is sure: Amira will not be able to make it alone. She needs our help.

Be with Amira on her way to recovery. Subscribe to our Newsletter on the left, visit her Facebook page where we’re all sending her flower images to hospital. Stay tuned on Twitter and pass on the call for help. Amira is in need. She’ll be grateful you came and did make the difference.