Helping Slava Anufriev

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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.

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