Ali is an 8-year old from Chechnya. Already he spent half of his life fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma in 2015 and spent two years in treatment. Just a month after his family thought he was cancer-free, Ali had a relapse. In June 2018 he underwent stem cell transplant from his older brother, but his remission lasted only 3 months. The doctors in Moscow then attempted a cutting-edge procedure: therapy with CAR T-cells, which appeared successful at first, but in only three months Ali’s cancer returned. At that point, Ali’s family was told that no further options were available for him in Russia.
However, there are clinical trials and newer medications available in developed countries around the world. In Israel, therapy with an experimental drug, inotuzumab, was available, and Ali’s family flew there to take one last chance to bring Ali into remission. And it worked! Ali had one injection of the drug and already all of cancer in his blood went away. After another injection and additional testing, Ali would have to proceed to a second stem cell transplant to strengthen his remission.
Ali is a happy, active kid who misses his family, siblings and friends dearly and cannot wait to go home. At the same time, he understands how important it is for him to finish treatment however difficult and painful it may be. Your support for kids like Ali is invaluable and we greatly appreciate your help!