Gift Of Life

Gift Of Life

Charity information

Gift Of Life

Gift of Life helps children and young adults in Russia and CIS beat cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing medical treatments that could save their lives, not offered by the state

Founded 2011

  • Mission statement

    IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES, UP TO 90% OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER SURVIVE. IN RUSSIA FEWER THAN 70% DO. BECAUSE THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS MONEY, YOU CAN GIVE LIFE NOW.
    Donations made to Gift of Life UK will be used to purchase vital medicine used in the treatment of leukaemia and to fund searches for potential bone marrow donors.

    Leukaemia is the most common type of cancer in children. One of the more common formsof this disease is lymphoblastic leukaemia, which has a particular prevalence among children aged 2 to 6.

    In many cases, treatment of this disease calls for a chemotherapy medication called Asparginase, which is available in Russia and is often effective. But some children develop an allergy to Asparaginase and are best treated with a medication called Erwinase, which is manufactured in the UK and not readily available in Russia.

    Gift of Life assists with the purchase of Erwinase. Like most requirements for the treatment of cancer, Erwinase is expensive. A pack of five vials costs around £3000 and a child might require up to 15 packs.
    Where chemotherapy has not been successful, the preferred next stage of treatment involves a bone marrow transplant. This makes it necessary to search registers to find a donor with matching bone marrow. There is no such register in Russia, so Gift of Life searches registers in the UK and Europe, costing nearly £13,000 per child.

  • Aims

    Gift Of Life aims to:

    • to advance the physical, mental, psychological and emotional health of children and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer, leukaemia or another serious disease, and the family members of those children and young adults including by establishing or assisting in establishment of treatment facilities and other medical institutions for treatment, rehabilitation and support of such persons.
    • to relieve children and young adults who are in need, by reason of ill health, financial hardship or other disadvantage arising from a diagnosis of cancer, leukaemia or another serious disease, together with the family members of those children or young adults. Such relief may include grants for medical supplies, consultations and assistance with travel and accommodation costs at the place of treatment, and the provision of care and support prior to, during and after treatment.
    • to advance the education of the public in general and particularly amongst scientists and medical professionals about cancer, leukaemia and other serious diseases affecting children and young adults. This may involve financial assistance with training in the UK and overseas, the provision of research facilities, and grants for scientific research into treatment, prevention and cures for such diseases.
  • Overview

    Established: March 2011

    Registered Charity Number: 1140638

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 25

    Phone number: +44 20 8638 0779

    Address: 2 Putney Hill, London SW15 6AB

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  • Life. The most precious gift.

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