In 2007, Anna Soboleva was in her junior year at university, full of
hopes for the future, dreaming about landing an exciting new job after graduation.
Unfortunately, a frightening diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia
turned the world of this cheerful 18-year old upside down. Since then, her life
became a string of victories and setbacks in her courageous fight against the disease. She celebrated New Years Eve, and then her
birthday, in the hospital, undergoing chemotherapy.
Despite pain and fatigue, Anna refused to put her studies on hold and kept on studying in the
hospital and taking tests during her short releases from the hospital between chemo rounds.
For a short while, disease retreated but in 2009 Anna, now 20 years old, learned that leukemia has returned. Right now, she received
chemotherapy at the hospital in St.Petersburg, Russia. Her doctors believed that her best hope
of recovery was unrelated bone marrow transplant. A matching donor was found in German bone marrow donor registry. But the total cost of
the donor activation and transporting bone marrow from Germany to St.Petersburg is 17,500.00 Euros, and it is not covered by the state.
Anna’s family and friends, with the help of our several charitable foundations including Advita and the Help Journal, have raised
the needed sum and Anna received a transplant on October 2.
After the transplant, Anna suffered from sever form of graft-vs-host disease. Sadly, on December 30, 2009 the life of this courageous young woman was cut short. We will always treasure Anya's memory.
To see more of Anna's photos, please visit Anna's page on Avdita's website.