(photo of Oleg Schwartzburg taken on August 18, 2015 at Medias Klinikum in Germany - just one day before his initial treatment at this clinic.)

Dear friends,

Hello - this is Anya and Mira Schwartzburg here. As some of you might know, our dad Oleg has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called sarcoma in November 2013. Sarcoma cancer is very rare and very stubborn and therefore exceptionally difficult to beat, plus it spreads very, very quickly.

He has now been through a cycle of radiotherapy and two chemotherapy rounds, but sadly, with no success. As of today, the tumours have spread all over his body, because NONE of the local treatments the doctors in Canada offered helped him. Canadian medicine left him close to no hope. The only hope he currently has is an innovative treatment only available at a clinic in Germany. The name of the clinic is Medias Klinikum near Munich, where after review of my dad’s medical results, Dr. Aigner has accepted our dad as a patient and told us this treatment is his last chance for survival. For it to work, Dr. Aigner recommended at least three rounds of treatments, each costing $30,000US. Our dad left to Germany on August 15 and started treatment on August 19.

We are asking for your support to help us save our dad. If you witnessed cancer in your family or close circle of friends, you would know what we are talking about and how our family feels. Helpless and lost, but we don’t want to lose hope and this new treatment sounds very promising and is our last opportunity to save our dad’s life. Oleg is still so young – he is only 61 years old. All his life he worked as a doctor himself and dedicated his profession to helping people and saving lives. He deserves a chance to live for us – his children, his wife, his 4-year-old granddaughter, and for all those he helped treat.

Because of his progressing disease, he currently can no longer work, and even drive – daily tasks became an extreme challenge for him, as he is in severe pain and lost sensation and mobility in his right arm and has trouble walking. Because both our parents are self-employed, they didn't have any additional insurance, such as critical illness, to count on, so they now need any financial support possible to help them get through this trying and challenging time.

We're asking for your support during this difficult time for our family. Your participation in this raffle and contributions would be much appreciated and would make this fight a bit easier. On behalf of our entire family and our dad, we thank you in advance for your positive thoughts, prayers and support.

Thank you for your support and good luck in the raffle! 



  • Purchase one or more tickets for a chance to win some great prizes from our generous sponsors. Each ticket is $20 or you can buy them in bundles for some extra savings. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase.
  • The draw will take place on October 10, 2015 at 8pm EST.
  • We will notify winners by e-mail by 12pm EST on October 11, 2015 with your prize details and how to claim the prize. 
  • Prizes are to be accepted as is - no cash value, non-transferrable, no exchanges.
  • Appointments will have to be coordinated with some the service providers at a time convenient for both the winner and sponsor. 
  • Payments are securely processed by STRIPE (a payment processor similar to PayPal). The donation will be reflected on your credit card bill as "FUNDRAISER FOR OLEG"
  • When you make an online donation, an automated receipt will be sent to the e-mail address you indicate with confirmation of payment and your raffle ticket numbers. 
  • 100% of the proceeds go directly to our dad's fund to help him pay for his treatment.
Have questions? Please contact:

Alina Chernin - 416-567-0562
Anya Schwartzburg - 416-617-2692

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  • $18,460.00

    raised of $60,000.00 goal
  • 0 day

    left until we draw

What You Could Win

  • 5 private adult dance lessons at Shall We Dance Studio ($425 value)

    Private Dance Lessons are one-on-one sessions with a professional instructor where you can learn at your own pace. You’ll be able to learn the dances of your own choice to any music you like. Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Cha-cha, Swing and many more dances for you to choose from. Private lessons are available for beginner, intermediate and advance dancers.

    Visit www.shallwedance.ca for more details on the studio and lessons.

  • $300 gift certificate toward any kids program at Shall We Dance Studio ($300 value)

    $300 towards registration in any kids program (prize is non-transferrable/non-exchangeable/no cash value). From hip-hop, to mom & tots mini-dance to ballet, there is something for every kid at Shall We Dance Studio. 

    Visit www.shallwedance.ca for more details on the many kids programs they offer.

  • 1-hour tennis lesson from North Tennis Academy ($70 value)

    The North Tennis Academy has been established three years ago to give its students the opportunity to enjoy recreational and competitive tennis. Whether you are looking to play tennis for fun or have an ambition to pursue it professionally, North Tennis Academy provides players with the most comprehensive individualized training programs run by the most competent and caring professionals. 

    Visit www.northtennisacademy.com for more details about the school and its great coaches.

  • $100 gift certificate towards any Gymalaya kids gymnastics program ($100 value)

    Gymalaya with locations in Vaughan and Newmarket, is York Region's newest gymnastics club, offers recreational gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for young children. The kid size proportions of the equipment help motivate the children, enhance their performance and increase safety. Each week the configuration and setting of the equipment is modified to provide a new and stimulating experience. Our professionally developed, non-competitive curriculum is designed to build physical, mental and social skills while having fun.

    Visit www.gymalaya.com for more information.

  • 2-hour interior design consultation with Vaisman Design Studio ($150 value)

    Vaisman Design Studio offers a range of services, from colour consulting and home staging to floor plan designs. Whatever your interior design needs are, Vaisman Design Studio will help you make the right decision that will reflect your unique taste and personality. 

    Visit www.vaismandesign.com to see the design portfolio.

  • Haircut & wash and blowdry ($80 value)

    Enjoy a professional haircut & wash and blowdry by a seasoned hairstylist Lara.

  • Custom blinds for 2 medium-sized windows for your house ($350 value)

    Get custom, designer blinds for any 2 medium-sized windows in your house (not applicable to condos).

  • Web hosting for 3 years courtesy of OnThe.Net ($300 value)

    Win a web hosting service for three years which includes access to CPanel, 300MB of space and 5GB traffic/month, courtesy of OnThe.Net.

    Visit www.onthenet.com to learn more.

  • $100 gift certificate for a special Italian culinary experience at Sorrento Ristorante ($100 value)

    Sorrento Ristorante North offers an incredible selection of authentic Amalfi Coast favourites, which includes home made pasta, bread, gelato and savoury desserts. Sorrento also carries a great selection of imported fish and dry-aged selected cut meats. From the initial warm welcome to your last sip of espresso, this intimate and inviting contemporary atmosphere is perfect for business luncheons, a casual meal with friends, private dining or a special occasion night out. When planning your next lunch, dinner or private function, Sorrento Ristorante North is a must!

    Visit www.sorrentoristorante.ca for the menu and more about this great dining spot.

  • Package of three 1-hour private English lessons for you or your child from Read. Write. Think. ($180 value)

    Read. Write. Think. offers:

    • ESL adult classes (conversational, grammar, IELTS/CELPIP - immigration test)
    • Special Education (reading and writing difficulties, ADHD, organizational support)
    • Direct Instruction (structured, one-to-one approach to teaching children reading and writing)
    • Programs nourishing gifted minds

    Visit www.readwritethink.ca for more information.

  • 1-hour massage with an RMT professional courtesy of Alliance Diagnostics & Treatment ($80 value)

  • $200 worth of organic skin care line Odacite from the Detox Market ($200 value)

    True to its name, this quaint boutique specializes in all natural and organic products, with top of the line brands that cater to both beauty and the belly. On the shelves is certified organic hair and skin care products as well as all natural tea and chocolate.

    Odacité - one of their most popular lines - uses the freshest, purest organic ingredients from all over the world to create formulas that instantly improve how your skin looks and feels. All formulations are fully active because they are blended fresh for you and delivered immediately from the lab to your door. This way, there is no need for preservatives or harmful chemicals.

    Visit www.thedetoxmarket.ca to check out all of the Detox Market products and locations.

  • $200 gift certificate for flower arrangements from Flowers Time ($200 value)

    Enjoy beautiful flower arrangements for your next occasion or that special someone generously donated by Flowers Time. Flowers Time is a leading company in wedding and events decoration business. Their floral studio located in North York is open 7 days a week. Designer florist Alina Tacmelova has years of Canadian and European experience. She brings new ideas and trends from the floral shows she visits every year in Europe.

    Visit www.flowerstime.ca for a portfolio of their beautiful creations and more information.

  • Photo session with award-winning photographer Olga Fox ($300 value)

    Olga Fox, award-winning Toronto photographer, will capture your precious moments. Whether it's a family, baby, wedding or special event photoshoot, Olga has an eye for those special moments that you'll cherish for many years to come. Olga enjoys experimenting with light and different techniques and treatments, but sees beauty in the most simple and everyday moments.

    Check out her portfolio and website at www.olgafox.com.

  • $300 gift certificate for a cake or dessert from Inna Bubelich custom cakes ($300 value)

    Inna Bubelich boutique-style gourmet cake and pastry shop is a place where creativity and passion is the recipe for their products. Inna's goal is to create a defining moment for each of her customers through her custom designed cakes and unparalleled customer service. Whether you are looking for wedding or birthday cake, Inna will work with you to create the perfect cake you need for each of your special occasions.

  • Four tickets to the Sleeping Beauty on Ice from ShowOne Productions ($400 value)

    ShowOne Productions is a full service production company presenting concerts with high-profile classical musicians, opera stars, and orchestras, as well as great dance and theatre companies. Formed in 2004 by Svetlana Dvoretskaia, Show One continues its brand of excellence, presenting in Canada’s most prestigious concert halls.

    Direct from a worldwide tour, international ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars make a triumphant return to Toronto for the first time in seven years with the Toronto primiere of their critically-acclaimed Sleeping Beauty On Ice featuring more than two dozen of the best figure skaters in the world!  

    Set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music, Sleeping Beauty on Ice tells the timeless fairytale love story through astonishing high-speed leaps and throws, graceful and sublime ice dancing, awe-inspiring acrobatics and aerial gymnastics, stunning stilt skating and jaw-dropping visual effects. Ballet on blades at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour!

    Visit www.showoneproductions.ca for more details on this and other events lined up for the 2015-2016 season.

  • A glam makeover session (hairstyling & make-up) from the Beauty Experts ($200 value)

    Ever dreamed of looking like a celebrity? Need to look stunning for your next big event? The Beauty Experts - specializing in wedding, glamour and special occasion make-up and hairstyling, will transform you so that you become the talk of the event. 

    Visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Therealbeautyexperts) for some beauty inspiration.

  • Evening gown for your next special occasion courtesy of Bridal Suite Wedding & Evening Fashions ($400 value)

    Bridal Suite brings a new experience into your life. As a spacious but cozy bridal boutique we offer you a unique way of bridal shopping for your special day.Visit the Bridal Suite, one of the best bridal boutiques in Toronto for the newest bridal and evening gown collections, high end customer service and memorable moments. Our experienced and dedicated bridal consultants do their best to help every bride to find her dream gown, whether she is looking for a classic city chic, or a destination style dress. You'l also find a wide selection of evening and special occasion gowns.

    Visit www.thebridalsuite.ca for more information.

  • Two bottles of Icewine courtesy of Ziraldo Wines ($200)

    These fabulous Icewine bottles were contributed by Donald Ziraldo himself, the father of Canadian icewine and come from his vineyard in the Niagara Peninsula. 

    The secret to great Icewine is the ideal balance between the intense sweetness and the inherent high acidity from the cool climate region of Niagara. These Riesling grapes, naturally frozen on the vine, were harvested during the middle of the night and pressed in the extreme cold to separate the juice from the ice crystals, followed by fermentation in a special yeast for many months.

    Visit www.ziraldo.ca for details about the unique wines this winery produces.

  • 1-night stay and 7-day parking at the airport for your next vacation courtesy of Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport ($200 value)

    Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport is pleased to offer a certificate for:

    • One night stay in a modern room
    • Parking for 7 nights

    Travel hassle-free by staying at the hotel and leaving your car at the airport when you go away on your next vacation or business trip. 

    Please note: certificate expires August 31, 2016

    Visit www.crowneplazatorontoairport.ca for details about the hotel.

  • 1-night stay and 8-day parking at the airport courtesy of Four Points by Sheraton ($200 value)

    Your stay will include:

    • FREE high-speed Internet
    • In-room coffee service, hair dryer, iron/board
    • FREE bottled water
    • Unlimited use of indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre

    Please note: certificate expires August 20, 2016

    Visit www.fourpointstorontoairport.com for details about the hotel.

  • 1-hour in-house interior design consultation courtesy of Egoist Design ($150 value)

    Enjoy an interior design consultation with a seasoned professional from Egoist Design. Indulge in subtle beauty, impeccable taste and lasting harmony as we take you into the world of style. With over ten years of experience in interior design and decor we respect ourselves as professionals, respect you as our client, respect the work we do for you, therefore you are guaranteed superior quality results. 

    Egoist Design plans, designs, furnishes and decorates interiors of residential, commercial and industrial spaces in accordance with your budget, preferable style and intended purposes.

    Visit these links for samples of their portfolio:



  • 1.5-2 hrs Photography Session with L Vision Studio ($400 value)

    Capture your most beautiful moments with Lika Severin of L Vision Studio

    This prize includes:

    • a full 1.5-2 hrs photo session in-studio or on-location
    • 20-30 HR digital images

    Visit L Vision Studio at https://www.facebook.com/LVisionStudio

  • 30-mins Tax Return consultation from Shparber & Company

    Shparber & Company is a fully licenced and ensured Chartered Professional Accounting firm.

    Our firm offers extremely competitive packages and prices for diverse range of accounting, tax and business advisory services to small and medium sized businesses, self-employed, partnerships and individuals in the Greater Toronto Area.

    Visit www.shparber.ca for more information.

  • $100 gift certificate towards any dessert creation from Cakes Royale ($100 value)

    Cakes Royale has been making the finest desserts for more than 30 years and is dedicated to the highest quality when it comes to their delicious creations. All Cakes Royale delicacies feature absolutely the finest, whole, natural ingredients - from the freshest fruits to the highest quality European Chocolate they use in their desserts. 

    Visit www.cakesroyale.ca or their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/cakesroyale.ca to check out their creations.

  • Choose between $100 discount on any type of accounting or tax service for business or a 15% discount for personal tax preparation

    P&P accounting is a one stop for all your accounting needs. Professional accounting, bookkeeping and tax services provided by a designated Chartered Accountant. Competitively priced services are customized to meet YOUR needs. Over 8 years of experience providing small businesses and individuals with reliable accounting services, allowing them to focus on their businesses.

    Call Irina Ginzburg, CPA CA at 647-989-0299 for a few professional consultation.

    For details please visit www.pp-accounting.com

  • Photoshoot courtesy of Bari Photography ($250 value)

    Family or couple outdoor one hour photo session. Includes edited, high resolution images on the DVD, printing rights. 

    Call Oleg and Victoria Bari if interested in professional photography services that will help you capture precious moments that will last a lifetime at 905-758-7887 or visit them at www.bariphotography.com for a portfolio and more information.

  • Hand-knit children's hat with fur pompom courtesy of BambiniMio ($65 value)

    Enjoy this fashionable, hand-made hat for kids featuring a fur pompom, made out of 100% merino wool. Check out BambiniMio's website to see their full selection of beautiful, hand-made kids knitwear, accessories and more at www.bambinimio.com.