Catalina Gherasim, 22 year old, graduated last year from the Faculty of Economic Cybernetics of the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania last year and returned to her birth town of Iasi, Romania to find a job as a programmer at vast:visibility and pursue her master's degree at the Faculty of Computer Science, A. I. Cuza University.
The start of the year 2018 looked very promising for Catalina, with many opportunities in sight. However, following a check-up on what seemed to be a harmless numbness in her left leg, she received some very grim news. At the start of January, she was diagnosed with parietal glioblastoma (stage IV brain cancer), the tumor measuring 58/38/51 mm at the moment of diagnosis, which is far larger than the average brain tumor. In the following days, her symptoms aggravated. She stopped feeling the left side of her body entirely, lost motor skills and started having seizures. She went from what seemed to be perfectly good health to barely being able to move in less than half a month, which as you might imagine was very shocking for a 22 year old girl and her family.
Catalina was treated at the Hospital of Neurology Iasi for a while and has undergone brain surgery mid-January, after which the volume of the tumor was reduced to 45/35/35 mm. With approximately 50% of the tumoral mass removed, she slowly started to feel a little better but we knew her battle with cancer was only just starting.
Currently, Catalina is in Iasi, where she is bravely undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the local Institute of Oncology. In addition to this treatment, we want to do everything possible to make sure she will have a normal life again. After a lot of research, we have identified many support treatments, one of which is based on Nimotuzumab HR3, produced by the Center of Molecular Immunology of Havana, Cuba. This treatment strengthens the effects of radiation therapy and is expected to have a great impact in Catalina's fight with cancer.
The duration of this treatment would be approximately 13 months and the cost of the treatment would amount to about 35.000 euro. We wouldn't hope to raise all of this money from fund raising, however any sum, no matter how small, will give Catalina a fighting chance and would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your patience and generosity.