Ksyusha is eight years old, and she lives in the small town of Novomoskovsk. She grew up a friendly and cheerful girl. When she got a little brother, she was delighted, helping her mother look after him, playing with him and going for walks. But when she turned five, she began to grow weak, pale and listless. After scans, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She spent two and a half years undergoing treatment, including countless courses of chemotherapy. It was a tough ordeal, but Ksyusha patiently endured the whole thing. At last, in October 2012, she was declared healthy and allowed to go to school. She even found herself in the same class as her friends from kindergarten, which was a wonderful coincidence for her. She enjoyed her studies and even dreamt of going to art school. Unfortunately, less than two months after the end of treatment, Ksyusha suffered a relapse. She went back to be treated at the Tula city hospital. Due to developing an allergy to the drug Asparginase, she found herself in vital need of Erwinase costing £24384, which we bought for her using money from charity donations.
Gift of Life offers hope and practical care to children and young adults whose families cannot afford treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, we have been able to save the lives of dozens of children through the provision of vital medicine and treatment.