1 April 2019 – The parents of young Mila Rončević have been overwhelmed by how their daughter has united the nation and the support also from around the world.
At a press conference on Monday, Marin and Sanja Rončević revealed that currently over $3.4 million had been raised to help get their daughter to America for life-saving treatment.
“Currently in the account we have 22,940,381,93 kuna (3.47 million USD). On the foreign currency account we have 55,645,25 EUR . There is also American dollars, Canadian dollars and British pounds,” Marin said, before adding.
“What has happened to save little Mila we could not imagine in our wildest dreams. All institutes joined the campaign, everyone has. Mila has become a symbol of a united Croatia. We are one country which when we share our hearts, we can achieve things outside the frame. For the size of our hearts, there is nobody like us in the world,” reported 24sata.
The crowdfunding pages set up in English on Indigogo and GoFundMe have raised over $63,000 so far. A massive effort from the diaspora who joined in on the campaign.
There have also been a number of people in America offering the family accommodation and help whilst they are in Philadelphia.
Mila, who is almost 2 years old, has been in the Children’s Hospital Kantrida in Rijeka fighting leukaemia (acute myelogenous megakaryocytic leukemia AML M7) for the last year.
Mila’s parents were at the US Embassy in Zagreb this morning obtaining visas and will head off to Philadelphia this week. A plan has been made for her treatment by doctors and Mila is expected to be there for at least a year.
After initially requiring around 2.8 million USD, Marin has now asked the public to make no more payments on the account as the target has been passed. The extra money is to be passed on to the next humanitarian campaign.