Jun 8, 2021

Vika's 10th Birthday at the Dacha

Dacha kids celebrating
Dacha kids celebrating

Dear friends,

thank you for making the second home for kids during their cancer treatment in Ukraine.

Dacha is a home away from home for kids and their families. They live their lives here and grow through important milestones.

Like for little Vika, who has celebrated her 10th birthday here. The party organized for her was a big secret. The girl was pleasantly shocked when she came to the living room and saw mom, dad, and Dacha friends inviting her to a brilliantly decorated photo area made to memorize this day in pictures. Then there was a show for her from volunteers, beautiful and tasty cakes, many gifts. Lots of positive emotions will help Vika and her friends go through hard days in the hospital that will follow.

New Dacha we are building now will be a second home and a special place for even more kids and families. Despite the difficulties we had in the previous months, arson on the construction site, the works are going as planned. Now we focus on the internal works such as painting and tiling the walls. The rooms in which kids will live with their parents are already in color, as you can see in the picture below.

Thank you! You make Dacha and New Dacha possible!

New Dacha in color
New Dacha in color
Mar 8, 2021

Dacha, Breath of Fresh Air

Milana with her parents at the Dacha
Milana with her parents at the Dacha

Dear friends,

thank you for your generous donations that make Dacha possible! With your support, 69 kids and their families found their second home at the Dacha in 2020.

One of these kids is Milana, the girl you see in the picture. A tumor affected her leg in autumn of 2019 and she was on treatment for the whole year of 2020. She underwent lots of chemo cycles and surgery aimed at removing the affected bone and substituting it with a donor’s one. She was on treatment during the lockdown in complete isolation, without family and friends. That’s why when she was allowed to come to the Dacha house it was like a breath of fresh air.

Milana is one of those vivacious kids who never miss any fun. If there is nothing interesting at the Dacha, she invents something herself like playing hide-and-seek with other kids or sliding down the stairs like on a sled to get to the playroom as fast as possible. In fact, for her Dacha is like a big playground full of adventures and laughter with friends.

Milana loves to play with Playstation and to learn Photoshop and other software because she wants to become a graphic designer in the future. Sometimes she may seem a tomboy but inside a girlie girl is hiding. When she enters a room, the first thing that catches her eye is a lot of makeup on the dressing table: glitters, highlighter, eyeshadow palette, face powder…  As Milana says: “I can spend hours putting on makeup because there is no better method to lift your spirits!"

No less than makeup and other hobbies, Dacha kitchen helps Milana to feel at home: “What do I like to eat? Fried potatoes. What do I like to cook? Of course, fried potatoes! Although, to be honest, I am not much of a cook, so I ask my mom to cook my favorite dishes. No one can do it better! Once she made French fries at the Dacha. My friends and I like fast food but we are not allowed to eat it. So my mom made fries that I love so much and it was a healthier, homemade version that all kids here at the Dacha enjoyed!”

In February 2021, Milana was ready to go home. However, at the last moment, the doctor saw something suspicious in her lungs. One more biopsy was required but the result made Milan and her family happy. Yes, they can go home! “I will miss you so much! It’s great that we will see each other again in three months when I come back for my first follow-up visit!”

For kids to have their second home during treatment, please, give your gift today. This week GlobalGiving is matching all online donations up to $50 at 50%.

Mar 8, 2021

Saving Kids' Lives in Emergency

Alina
Alina

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer! Your gift makes it possible for kids to receive treatment with necessary drugs when the public procurements fail them.

Now we have an emergency related to such chemotherapy drugs as methotrexate. It is used in high doses to treat bone cancers in children. It is very toxic, that is why it can be administered only in Kyiv so that the doctor can control the removal of the drugs from the body. However, in 2021, the new supply of methotrexate has not arrived in the hospital and no one knows when it is available again. It is also quite expensive, that is why not all Ukrainian families can afford to buy it with their own money.

Alina, the girl you see in the picture, is one of those who needed methotrexate and received it in time thanks to your support. In September 2020, she felt pain in the leg for the first time but she did not tell about it for two months because she did not want to worry her parents. When she eventually went to the doctor, the swelling was evident and the tests confirmed that it was a malignant tumor. Alina was admitted to the Institute of Cancer in Kyiv. She has been treated there for a few months already. It is especially hard for teenagers like her to be isolated in the hospital but even there she found a new hobby that brings her joy: body art.

In February 2021, in addition to Alina, seven more children received methotrexate, which they needed for treatment. That is 9-year-old Andriy whose soldier father returned from the war in Eastern Ukraine to be there for his son in the hospital. That is 8-year-old Daniel whose family found out about his disease during this winter holidays. That is 16-year-old Andriy for whom chemo with methotrexate was one of the last stages of long treatment after the surgery to remove the tumor and install the bone prosthesis. These are 18-year-old Oleksandr, 16-year-old Maryn, 17-year old Yaroslav, 13-year-old Oleksii who needed your support before, and many other kids who need your support now.

Childhood cancer is curable. But it cannot be cured without drugs. For kids to receive treatment in time, please, give your gift today. This week GlobalGiving is matching all online donations up to $50 at 50%.

 
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