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Adam’s Story

Seven year old Adam Aftyka has made his way to New York from Poland with high hopes of receiving medical treatment. At the age of only two weeks, Adam was diagnosed with eye cancer. As he got older, the cancer worsened. He has been treated in Warsaw, where his right eye was removed. Adam’s grandmother took him to get treated in London and for two years, the cancer was gone. But recently it has returned. Unfortunately, doctors in London weren’t able to give Adam any further treatment and suggested removing his only eye.

drAbramsonWe want to fight cancer!  The cancer is still worsening. Despite his cancer, Adam is a cheerful, hopeful kid with a good sense of humor. Treatment in New York is his last hope of keeping his eye, and restoring his vision. The consultation with Dr. David Abramson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center brought much hope to us. The success rate of this method of treatment is very high. As a parent, guardian,  grandparent, teacher, caretaker, ask yourself: How do you tell a child, after all this effort, because of lack of funding, he will live the rest of his life without sight? It’s very difficult to think about having to face such a thing. As an average middle class woman, despite all her efforts, Adam’s grandma has only $20,000 currently saved up. Treatment is going to cost about $120,000 and Adam’s grandmother is determined to raise it.

We would like to ask you kindly for financial support of Adam Aftyka’s treatment. The proposed treatment exceeds our financial possibilities. We are in urgent need due to the limited time and lack of money. The treatment in New York is expensive, but it gives us a chance to save Adam’s sight. Please help us save Adam’s eye!

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July 15, 2013

Here is an update on Adam Aftyka’s health and treatments:

Thanks to donations from the USA, Europe and Canada, we have reached our goal of raising $120,000. We’d like to give a special thanks for generous donations to various organizations, churches, and all other people who donated money to Adam’s cause. Most of all, we’d like to thank the Polish community that helped one of their own so much by raising a majority of the money through arranging various fund-raising events.

The $120,000 was meant to cover eight treatments at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and one intra-arterial chemotherapy session at the Presbyterian Hospital.

Later on two additional chemotherapy sessions were added in April and May. On July 2, 2013 Adam was admitted in the emergency at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center due to low electrolytes and sodium, most probably caused by chemotherapy. An MRI was also done to make sure that cancer didn’t spread beyond his eye. All together this brought the cost of the treatment up to approximately an additional $55,000.

On July 10, 2013, Adam went to the doctors for an examination. It has shown that cancer in Adam’s eye is not active anymore. His doctor has scheduled Adam’s next examination in 6 weeks, allowing time to heal after his numerous intensive treatments. Adams eyesight should gradually improve. Further treatment will be planned.

Following scheduled doctor’s visit in the second half of the year 2013 and 2014 have shown that Adam’s is cancer free. He still needs to be regularly checked by Dr. Abramson, due to high possibility of re-occurrence of cancer.

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Thanks to all donations we have finished the treatment, and now we do regular doctors visits. We have to make sure that cancer will be under the control in the case if it returns. Thank you all, who donated money or help us on our journey to save Adam’s live and eye.God bless you all!

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