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The family and friends of Olga Kholyavenko uniting to raise money to help with her battle against cancer. Please show your support!

Dear friends,

It has been nine months since we discovered that mom had cancer. Over those nine months, it has been an astonishing journey. Many of you have shared that journey with me, but those who haven’t can learn about everything that has happened and all the support we have received at http://www.giveforward.com/helpolga.

Nine months ago, the doctors in Russia that diagnosed my mom gave her no chance to live. Unable to accept that my mom would not make it, I brought my mom to the United States to be treated at one of the best hospitals in the nation, Cedars-Sinai. Despite putting my faith in Cedars-Sinai, things did not go well at first with my mom receiving treatment for the wrong type of cancer.

During this fight we have been overwhelmed with the love and support, both emotional and financial, that we have received. I can’t begin to describe the kindness of friends and family. Friends have sent us their thoughts and prayers, colleagues have made donations to support my mom’s treatment, and my friend and co-worker dedicated her birthday to my mom, asking her friends make donations to support my mom’s treatment instead of sending birthday gifts. We also have a new doctor that is treating mom with a new chemotherapy regimen.

The first CT scan since the new treatment began showed that there was no new cancer and signs that some of the cancer shrunk. It is too early to say what will happen, but this was the best news we have received in months.

There have been other joys…sharing time with my mom, enjoying life with her. Despite the chemotherapy, mom has been strong recently. And we have taken advantage of that! We have been to share some simple pleasures. One weekend, we enjoyed the Wild Animal Park together. More recently, I took her to see a famous Russian pianist, Denis Matsuev, perform. I can’t tell you how incredible it is to experience that with my mom…how lucky I am that she is strong enough to share these beautiful moments filled with music with me.

In some ways, things have been better. But we are still faced with the same challenges. My mom has Stage IV colon cancer and does not have any insurance here in the United States. Our family must still find a way to deal with the enormous costs of treatment. I am continuing to work with the hospital to find ways to pay for treatment. So, we are asking for your help in helping to raise money for my mom’s treatment. To all of you that have supported my mom in her fight against cancer, we say “Thank you!” To those that still can, we ask for your continued support. Thank you for your help and prayers. You can always call me at (310) 968-6923 if you have any questions.

Love,

Katya
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