Ethniki Helps Little Vangeli In Cancer Fight
Last week, the Greek National Team made a moving gesture. The players all agreed to donate their pay from international duty against Bosnia to Vangelis Elefteriadis. Little Vangeli is 5-year-old child from the United Kingdom who suffers from a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.
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Since being diagnosed in March 2014, Vangeli has undergone 21 cycles of chemotherapy in addition to surgery, a bone marrow transplant, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy. After going into remission, the cancer returned only for the heroic Vangeli to overcome it once again. The cancer is in remission, however the child is said to be at a high-risk for relapsing.
Thus, his family was attempting to enroll ‘Vangelaki’ into a trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. This is a very promising trial in that it has produced remarkable results in reducing the risk of relapse for children with Neuroblastoma. The expense of doing all this would be about $500,000.
The Ethniki got the ball rolling with their generous donation. However, perhaps their biggest feat was in convincing the general public to give to this cause. And so many people followed suit. The money needed was gathered just last week in record time.
Vangeli will receive the treatment and the hope from everyone is that at he will be okay and fight through this.