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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!

Thank you for taking the time to read this page. In August 2010, in the midst of the Russian forest fires that choked Moscow with smoke and ash, my mom, Olga Kholyavenko, collapsed on the way home from work. Initially, we were concerned that mom fell ill due to the unprecedented heat and smoke. Unfortunately, the reality was much worse. She started internal bleeding and during the course of emergency surgery at Moscow City Hospital #7, it was determined that my mom suffers from stage IV cancer.

After mom was diagnosed with advanced cancer, the doctors in Moscow were very pessimistic about her prognosis. In fact, the doctors essentially said her case was terminal. I was and I am unwilling to accept this and I am determined to fight for my mother’s life. In October 2010, I brought mom to the United States for treatment.

Now she is undergoing cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She is getting the level of care that gives me hope for her beating cancer and getting back to life! We were able to pay $23,000 for the initial round of chemotherapy. However, on Friday, January 14, 2011 mom was hospitalized with an infection and is now undergoing intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Moreover, she will require another surgery in February 2011 to remove the cancer missed during the surgery in Russia, The estimated cost of the surgery is $120,000. This second surgery will most likely be followed by a second round of chemotherapy.

My mother does not have any insurance here in the United States and is not eligible for any federal programs or private health insurance. As a result, our family must bear these costs entirely. While I am working with the hospital to negotiate a discount for treatment, we are faced with an unbearable financial burden.

We are asking your assistance in helping to provide for my mom’s treatment. I hope you can find it in your heart to support my mom while she battles cancer and that we can see this through to remission.

Thank you for your help and prayers. You can always call me at (310) 968-6923 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ekaterina Kholyavenko (Kate Garcia)
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