Help Teddy in his fight with brain cancer

For: Teodoras Sadauskas
Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania
Organizer: Laurynas Sadauskas
Help Teddy in his fight with brain cancer (Teodoras Sadauskas)
€72,033
of €200,000 goal
36% Complete
Raised by 2117 donors

The Story

My son needs help in fighting a rare brain tumour


Teodoras will be two years old soon after Christmas. He is a boy just like all other boys: he likes playing with toy cars, romping about with his three-year old sister and, having switched off the light, scaring his Mum and Dad with monsters. He also likes lollypops and children’s songs. So he is just like other boys, except... He may never drive a real car and we may never know what kind of music he will listen to when he is sixteen or what he will become when he grows up.


A fortnight ago doctors discovered a large tumour in Teodoras’s head. So large that they cannot understand how the kid can move, speak or play and look like all other kids. But he can. This is Teodoras’s miracle. We want to give him another miracle, an opportunity to grow up. The miracle actually lies in science, in state-of-the-art treatment methods applied in France, Switzerland or the USA. If treated with conventional methods in Lithuania, where there have been only a few registered cases of this type of brain cancer (pilomyxoid astrocytoma), he could live to be four at best.


A biopsy of this rare tumour has already been sent to the Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute, France, where in cases like this individual chemotherapy and immunotherapy are applied that would give Teodoras a real chance not only to get well but to grow up too.


We are still waiting for a reply from the Institute and a specific treatment plan but we already know that the cost of stage 1 of the treatment alone can exceed €150,000, whereas the entire treatment can cost as much as several hundred thousand. Therefore we can only rely on other people’s help.


We his family, Mum, Dad and sister, believe that the distance and a meagre bank account will not prevent from saving our boy. Therefore we will appreciate every Euro, every instance of sharing of this message and every supportive comment. 


We believe in people’s kindness, science and miracle.


You can donate:


Transfering money directly to a bank account:

Recipient: Teodoro kovos su smegenu veziu paramos ir labdaros fondas

Account number: LT774010051004141201

Bank: Luminor Bank AB

Swift: AGBLLT2X


All the unused funds left after the treatment will be donated to a Lithuanian charity fund “Rugute”, supporting children battling against cancer.

#TeddysFight


Mano sūnui reikia pagalbos kovoje su retu smegenų augliu


Teodorui iškart po Kalėdų sueis dveji. Jis berniukas, kaip ir kiti berniukai: jam patinka mašinėlės, dūkti su trejų metų sese ir užgesinus šviesą gąsdinti pabaisomis mamą ir tėtę, ledinukai ir vaikiškos dainelės. Išskyrus tai, kad jis gali niekada nevairuoti tikros mašinos ir mes nesužinotume, kokią muziką jis klausys šešiolikos, ar kuo bus užaugęs. 


Prieš dvi savaites Teodoro galvytėje gydytojai rado didelį auglį. Tokį didelį, kad jie nesupranta, kaip vaikas gali judėti, kalbėti ir žaisti, ir atrodyti taip kaip ir kiti vaikai. Bet jis gali. Tai Teodoro stebuklas. Mes norime jam padovanoti dar vieną stebuklą – galimybę užaugti. Iš tikrųjų tas stebuklas – tai mokslas, pažangiausi gydymo metodai Prancūzijoje, Šveicarijoje arba JAV. Gydomas Lietuvoje konvenciniais metodais jis galbūt sulauks ketverių.


Šio reto auglio (pilomiksoidinės astrocitomos) biopsijos mėginys jau išsiųstas į Prancūziją, Gustave Roussy vėžio institutą, kur tokiais atvejais sėkmingai taikoma individuali chemo ir imuno terapija, kuri Teodorui suteiktų realų šansą ne tik pasveikti, bet ir užaugti.


Dar laukiame atsakymo ir konkretaus gydymo plano, bet jau dabar žinome, kad vien pirmojo gydymo etapo kaina gali perlipti 150 tūkstančių eurų, o visas gydymas gali kainuoti net keletą šimtų tūkstančių, todėl be pagalbos neapsieisime.


Mes, jo šeima, mama, tėtis ir sesė, tikime, kad kilometrai ir trūkstami nuliai sąskaitoje nesutrukdys išgelbėti mūsų berniuko. Todėl būsime dėkingi už kiekvieną eurą, pasidalinimą šiuo įrašu ar palaikantį komentarą. 


Tikime žmonių gerumu, mokslu ir stebuklu.


#TeodoroKova

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 13, 2018

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Posted on March 13, 2018

Hello good people!


Spring is finally here. Together with the improving weather Teddy's health also seems to be getting slightly better. Even though he started losing his hair and eyelashes because of the chemo and his weight is growing at a much slower pace than his height (all the clothes we brought with us are getting too small), he is getting visibly better. Teddy is now happier, more mobile and his mood is better all the time. We are now waiting for the end of March when we will have a scheduled MRI after which his progress will be quantified. 


Today Teddy has made a small childhood discovery called merry-go-round.  He was totally fascinated by it - so much that we had to buy a subscription. He was going round and round and the smile on his face was the brightest we had seen for months.


Posted on February 20, 2018

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Posted on February 20, 2018

Hello good people!


Despite a rocky start to 2018 we are now witnessing a marked improvement in the way Teddy is feeling. He is more mobile, eats well, plays with his sister, and seems to be much happier than just a month ago.


We are over the moon with this improvement in Teddy's health and are really hopeful that this trend will continue. Obviously an MRI at the end of March will tell us for sure whether the treatment is effective, but from what we are witnessing right now we hope it is.


Once again a huge THANK YOU goes to all of you. You are the reason we are able to see Teddy laugh again. 


Posted on January 11, 2018

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Posted on January 11, 2018

Hello, good people!


It has been a busy couple of weeks for Teddy and us, his dad, mom and sister. Since my last update we had moved countries (from Lithuania to France) and managed to start Teddy's treatment. As of this morning he is released from the hospital. We will know whether the treatment is working in the coming weeks and whether there are things to add/adjust in his treatment plan. After having a discussion with our doctor we are confident that even if the initial treatment does not work as expected there are an array of options to choose from - and Teddy's progress will be monitored on a weekly basis.


We now have 18 months in front of us during which Dr. Grill expects Teddy's tumour to shrink to 50% of its original size. I will be posting regular updates on how our little fighter is doing. The first MRI is scheduled for the end of March and we hope we will see lots of improvement once we get there.


In the meantime I once again sincerely thank you all. Without your help Teddy and us would have been locked with very few options and bleak prognoses in our home country. Thank you so much!


Sveiki, mielieji!


Paskutinės dvi savaitės Teodorui, jo tėčiui, mamai ir vyresniajai seseriai buvo labai užimtos. Per tą laiką mes persikraustėme į Prancūziją, sutvarkėme visus formalumus ir pradėjome Teodoro gydymą. Šį rytą Teodoras jau atsibudo namuose ir, atrodo, jaučiasi neblogai. Per ateinančias keletą savaičių taps aišku ar gydymas veikia ir ar reikia ką nors keisti gydymo plane. Po pokalbio su Dr. Grill mes jaučiamės užtikrinti, kad net jei pirminis planas nepasiteisintų, mes turime daug pasirinkimų ką daryti tokiu atveju. Teodoro būklė ir sveikatos dinamika bus sekama nuolat.


Dabar mūsų laukia 18 mėsių gydymas, po kurio Dr. Grill tikisi auglio sumažėjimo du kartus. Aš nuolat informuosiu jus kaip jam sekasi ir kokios bus naujienos jo sveikatos ir gyvenimo frontuose. Kovo pabaigoje bus atliekamas kontrolinis MRI tyrimas ir mes tikimės gerų naujienų jau tada.


O dabar noriu dar kartą padėkoti jums visiems. Be jūsų pagalbos musų čia, kur mes gauname visus įmanomus gydymo pasirinkimus ir aiškias prognozes nebūtų. AČIŪ JUMS!

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