Slovenian WIM Vesna Rozic in distress

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7/19/2013 – Vesna Rožic, 26, has played for her country in six Mitropa Cups, four European Championships and four Chess Olympiads. She is the second strongest Slovenian player, after world number four Anna Muzychuk. Now she has been struck by a very serious condition: peritoneal cancer. Always a fighter Vesna is determined not to give up but to combat the disease.

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We received a letter from the father Vesna Rožič, a member of the Slovenian National Chess Team:

Dear Sir,

I turn to you with a request for a donation for the cancer treatment of my 26-year-old daughter Vesna Rožič. Vesna is a final year student of the Faculty of Medicine and a permanent member of the Slovenian chess team. In May this year she became seriously ill. The doctors diagnosed peritoneal carcinoma. Since Vesna is a fighter by nature, she has decided that we shall all work together to combat the cancer.

Vesna's treatment was initiated in Slovenia, where she has already received two cycles of systemic chemotherapy. This is not enough to cure the disease. We contacted the Medias Klinikum GmbH, Burghausen, Germany, where Vesna will receive further treatment. Doctors estimate that it will require at least three cycles of local chemotherapy. Each cycle costs between 15,000 and 20,000 Euros. These treatment costs are very high. We are able to pay for the first cycle of local chemotherapy in Germany, but turn to you and ask you to help us collect donations to pay the remaining costs of Vesna's treatment.

Maybe I did not say everything I wanted at the moment, but my distress and the hardship in our family is so great that I cannot do any better.

Yours sincerely,
Adrijan Rožič

The Slovenia Chess Federation has asked us, on behalf of the Rožič family, to help raise funds needed for Vesna's difficult struggle for life. Every Euro that is donated will be appreciated.

Donations should be addressed to the Regional Association of the Red Cross Maribor, IBAN: SI56 0451 5000 0397 432, Ref: 50751, purpose: Vesna Rožic (Bank details: Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor, Vita Kraigherja 4, 2505 Maribor, BIC/Swift code: KBMASI2XXXX). All funds received will be reserved exclusively for the payment of expenses for Vesna's treatment in Germany. In the event that more funds than necessary will be raised the remaining money will be allocated to the development of young chess players and chess activities of the Slovenia Chess Federation. – Primoz Kokalj, Secretary of the Slovenian Chess Federation.

Letter by Adrijan Rožič to the Slovenian Chess federation (in Slovanian)

Vesna Rožič, born March 23, 1987 in Ljubljana, is a Slovenian WIM who has won the Slovenian Individual Championship for women in 2007 and 2010. She played for the Slovenian national team from 2001 to 2004 in four European U18 championships, and for the Slovenian women's national team in six Mitropa Cups (2005, 2006 , 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012), winning it for Slovenia in 2005 and 2006 and taking second place in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. In 2006 she won the individual gold medal for her 6.0/9 on board one. In addition Vesna has played for Slovenia in four European Championships (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 ) and four Chess Olympiads (2002 , 2008 , 2010 and 2012).

Since April 2006 Vesna has the title Women's International Master. Her rating of 2260 puts her in second place after Anna Musytschuk in the Slovenian women's list. Her highest rating was 2308 in July 2008.

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