Help Nina afford chemotherapy!

Nina M

Eight-year-old Nina from Stavropol is the youngest of three children. She has been having health issues since she was a toddler when she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid idiopathic arthritis. When she was 6, she developed a lymphoproliferative disorder from the treatment. And in December 2014, Nina began deteriorating again. She started having headaches, fever, and pain in her bones. Locally, she was misdiagnosed with an inflammation, at first, and then with tuberculosis. For two months, she received high doses of anti-tuberculosis medication, but continued to get worse. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and referred to a cancer center. But the doctors there did not agree with the diagnosis and referred her back to specialists in Moscow. At that point, Nina was no longer mobile and her family made the decision to take her to the Children’s cancer hospital in Israel. There Nina’s diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma was confirmed. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to her bones by then, which made her unable to walk. After 6 cycles of chemotherapy, Nina is feeling better, but the doctors determined that her therapy should continue for 2 more cycles. At this point, Nina’s family’s resources are exhausted. Her mom has been divorced for the last 8 years and needs our support to ensure that Nina completes her treatment.