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PLEASE HELP VAGANOVA STUDENT KARINA SOLDATOVA

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MadameP, please check your mail! :)

OK - thank you, I will look!

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A group of friends could get together and send a larger amount comprised of smaller amounts...

That is what RBV2 is doing via his account.

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This is just to let everyone know that Karina's condition is as follows:

Acute leukemia, myeloblastic option M4 primary active phase
I am not in the medical profession, but have been told that apparently, in America, with that type of cancer, a patient has a 50% probability of surviving 5 years. However, Karina is in Russia, which does not have such advanced treatment and where treatment is extremely costly. She is in hospital receiving courses of chemotherapy, but she is very weak.

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I did receive a response from the Vaganova Academy as how to make a bank transfer donation through the Academy's account. It's a little complicated but all the information seems to be there. Being away from easy access to my bank I won't be able to do anything for about a month to tell anyone else interested how it goes.

For this information you can email to....

academy@vaganovaacademy.com

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If anyone has some sort of confirmable address for her, maybe Western Union could be used.

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I'm now back in the US and had a look at the Vaganova Facebook site. Looking through very quickly, searching for her name in russian, the last mention I find is dated June 9.

“Thank you all for your help Karine Soldatova !

Karina has passed the first round of chemotherapy, now there is a period of rehabilitation.”

(Google translation)

On May 30 there is mention of about $15,000 (total?) having been collected.

https://www.facebook.com/academyvaganova/

I wish her the best health possible and will continue to try to follow this along with the donation situation.

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Buddy, I just heard that Karina is undergoing another round of very severe chemotherapy at the moment, and is very weak, because (excuse non technical terminology, but I am not a medical expert) this chemotherapy kills off "good" blood cells as well as the bad ones. All Her blood level readings are extremely low. She is in need of bone marrow transplant, but I do not know if she has a donor, or is able to get this operation. I HOPE SO.

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All I can really say, Madame P, is that my heart goes out to her. I can only wish her the best outcome possible.

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All I can really say, Madame P, is that my heart goes out to her. I can only wish her the best outcome possible.

That is very kind, Buddy. I feel the same, but I also am praying for her. You can pray for her too ... PLEASE pray for Karina.

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I sent the Vaganova Academy an email inquiring as the health of Karina and received a very nice response with some hopeful news.

 

It says that she's having "medical procedures in hospital, but living at home. Feels herself better and hope to continue education as soon as it can be possible.....We meet with her in the Academy more and more...."

 

It thanks everyone for their help and interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another email from the Vaganova Academy.

 

"Karina is doing quite well.
 

"She is getting transferred to the Teacher-training department and is planning to continue with her studies at Vaganova Ballet Academy."

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I just heard today that, although Karina's kidneys are much better now, she has had a relapse.  I do not know exactly what this relapse is, but it does not sound good, and she need all our prayers and good wishes.   I know that many people have been praying for her already but please everyone, carry on with your efforts.  Please remember Karina in your prayers and thoughts.

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Karina's condition has unfortunately worsened, and she has had a severe relapse, with the return of her cancer.  Many dancers have posted instagram messages, asking for help with links to various sites where anyone can make a donation.  Please anyone who can help by financial assistance, please do so, and please pray for her also.  I will link below both one of the instagrams showing the message, which is in Russian, and then below that, a link to a YouTube video by russianballetvideos2, which gives a simplified translation of  the message.  Thank you everyone.  

 

 

 

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Video link for a youtube video by russianballetvideos2, which gives a simplified translation of the text of the message which many ballerinas have displayed on their instagram pages.

 

 

 

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The Paypal fee for sending money to Russia is very reasonable!   Here's the email address that's suggested in the above posts.   help-karina-soldatova@yandex.ru

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I made a small donation with paypal and it was very easy. Just choose "make a payment" then "pay family or friends" and then use the email address above ^ to find Karina's account and choose your donation sum (and add a message if you want to) and send it.

 

The paypal transaction cost is low compared to other services, so even small sums can be sent with it.

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1 hour ago, Balletfreak said:

I made a small donation with paypal and it was very easy. Just choose "make a payment" then "pay family or friends" and then use the email address above ^ to find Karina's account and choose your donation sum (and add a message if you want to) and send it.

 

The paypal transaction cost is low compared to other services, so even small sums can be sent with it.

 

Yes, using Paypal to contribute to Karina's fund is quick, very easy, and every single amount of money sent, no matter how small, may make a difference.  And thank you also to mira for extracting Karina's account details from the instagram and video messages, and making them more accessible.  

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 I'd like to express my strongest support for anything that we can do to help her, and thank everyone here for their support.

 

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I just tried to send a donation using this email address: help-karina-soldatova@yandex.ru, and received this message, "this recipient is currently unable to receive money."

 

Could anyone please help me with this? Thank you.

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There is an instagram page created for her at https://www.instagram.com/help_karina_soldatova and it has just been updated with the following message: 

 

DEAR FRIENDS! There are no words enough to express gratitude for the prompt reaction and attention to Karina's situation! Your reaction is a true, sincere support, which gives strength and hope. Within a few days we have collected a substantial aid for Karina: charity events from the St. Petersburg company (Engineering group Stroyproyekt) have been organized, some people have transferred large sums on Karina's treatment. By now THE INVOICE (€160 000) BY KLINIKUM AUGSBURG - IS PAID!!!
Now we are waitng for results of CHEMOTHERAPY AND BONE-MARROW TRANSPLANTATION. By results of this treatment we will be able to understand what to do next: plan of treatment and possible expenditure. As far as possible we will let you know about Karina's condition. 

 

This is wonderful news. 

 

I'm not sure if they are still taking in donations. The battle with cancer can be long one, and more treatment will most likely be needed later on.  I trust that they will keep us informed if more funds are needed.

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On 30 Apr 2017 at 6:44 AM, Balletfreak said:

There is an instagram page created for her at https://www.instagram.com/help_karina_soldatova and it has just been updated with the following message: 

 

DEAR FRIENDS! There are no words enough to express gratitude for the prompt reaction and attention to Karina's situation! Your reaction is a true, sincere support, which gives strength and hope. Within a few days we have collected a substantial aid for Karina: charity events from the St. Petersburg company (Engineering group Stroyproyekt) have been organized, some people have transferred large sums on Karina's treatment. By now THE INVOICE (€160 000) BY KLINIKUM AUGSBURG - IS PAID!!!
Now we are waitng for results of CHEMOTHERAPY AND BONE-MARROW TRANSPLANTATION. By results of this treatment we will be able to understand what to do next: plan of treatment and possible expenditure. As far as possible we will let you know about Karina's condition. 

 

This is wonderful news. 

 

I'm not sure if they are still taking in donations. The battle with cancer can be long one, and more treatment will most likely be needed later on.  I trust that they will keep us informed if more funds are needed.

 

Such good news about such a positive response !

 

Thank you, Balletfreak. And thank you, Mme. Hermine, for your suggestion.

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According to the instagram page she has now started treatment in Germany.  

 

Meanwhile, fundraising continues to cover for her treatment costs. 

 

Former Mariinsky dancer Keenan Kampa has set up a gofundme account for Karina. I think it's good for anyone who wants to help but feels a bit uncomfortable about making direct transfers to Russia. https://www.gofundme.com/help-karina-soldatova

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On 10 May 2017 at 1:10 AM, Balletfreak said:

According to the instagram page she has now started treatment in Germany.  

 

Meanwhile, fundraising continues to cover for her treatment costs. 

 

Former Mariinsky dancer Keenan Kampa has set up a gofundme account for Karina. I think it's good for anyone who wants to help but feels a bit uncomfortable about making direct transfers to Russia. https://www.gofundme.com/help-karina-soldatova

 

Thank you for the updates, Balletfreak. It's very good of Keenan to be doing this.

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