Sep 3, 2018

Daniela's New Life Begins

Daniela likes to play for her mom
Daniela likes to play for her mom

Dear friends,

thank you for helping to provide children and their family members with free accommodation at the Dacha!

4-yeat-old Daniela comes from the Luhansk oblast, from the occupied territory, where no treatment is guaranteed. She had been treated in Kyiv and all that time, between hospitalizations, she had been staying with her family at the Center Dacha. Thanks to the support of many people and her family Daniela got well and she continued coming to the Dacha when she had regular checkups. And then her mother Olga was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The situation was desperate. Olga had to go for treatment in Kyiv but they had no place to stay. So, she came to the Dacha with Daniela and got free accommodation here again. When Olga was receiving chemo or was not feeling well, she couldn't cope alone. Every time other Dacha moms took care of her little daughter. 

Olga’s husband Zhenia continued working to support the family. Two elder children remained with him. From time to time they came to visit their mom in Kyiv. But, of course, the family wanted to be together all the time. Finally, this summer they got an opportunity to move to Kyiv and to rent a small apartment. They had almost nothing and Dacha volunteers helped them to get necessary household things like bed linen, pans and so on. That’s how Daniela’s new life began.

Thank you for your contributions that make it possible!

Kids playing at the Dacha
Kids playing at the Dacha
Jun 8, 2018

Give Chance to Everyone

So many stories in 10 years
So many stories in 10 years

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Now our team is celebrating 10th anniversary of Zaporuka Foundation. It is time to look back and to see what we have accomplished. We would like to share it with you.

During this time we helped more 2000 kids with cancer providing them with medicines and therapies for the total amount of more than 3 million dollars. More than 300 000 dollars were used to purchase medical equipment for pediatric departments of the hospitals in Ukraine.  About 190 000 dollars were used to renovate the departments. 

In 10 years our psychologists provided 7000 parents and 3000 children with psychological support sessions. Our physiotherapists provided 300 children with rehabilitation sessions. More than 250 teenagers from all over Ukraine participated in our camps for cancer survivors. More than 1600 doctors participated in seminars about early cancer symptoms in the context of our Program Early Detection of Childhood Cancer.

In these numbers there are many stories of kids who live, grow up and from time to time come to visit us. There are stories of those who sadly didn’t make it. We know that we cannot save everyone. But what really matters is that we can give chance to everyone.

When Lera that you see in the picture came to the doctor for a diagnosis, she was told: “The tumor affected a large part of the bone. You have two months left to live”. But Lera didn’t give up and with the support of many people she got her chance and survived. She has a bone prosthesis in her leg but thanks to hours of hard work with the physiotherapist it’s not a problem.

That’s our motivation to continue doing what we do. And without you it would be impossible. Thank you!

Beautiful Lera
Beautiful Lera
Jun 7, 2018

New Center for Kids like Adelina

Adelina and Dominika
Adelina and Dominika

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Now our team is celebrating 10th anniversary of Zaporuka Foundation. It is time to look back and to see what we have accomplished. During this time we helped more 2000 kids with cancer providing them with medicines and therapies for the total amount of more than 3 million dollars. The project Dacha that you are supporting is active for 8 years and during this period more than 1000 families received free accommodation.

It is also time to think big and to make our biggest dream come true. Our goal is to build a new modern Center Dacha specially designed for kids affected by cancer. Now with the Center that we rent we can guarantee free accommodation for 6 families. But in reality at least 15 of such families need a place to stay. We have a land plot, a project made by local architectures for free, all the permits and a part of the necessary amount of money for construction. We continue fundraising and that’s why we updated the project and we hope to receive your support.

We are happy that our Dacha was named GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month for May 2018. That’s really important for families who come for kids’ treatment from all over Ukraine like little Adelina. She is only eight months old. She qas diagnosed with kidney cancer. She underwent a complicated surgery and many chemotherapy cycles. At the moment, the girl lives with her parents at the Dacha where her family can be together and support each other. And here her twin sister Dominika can come to visit her.

While Adelina is receiving treatment in Kyiv, her twin sister Dominika stays with her grannies at home. Still, there is a connection between them and at distance it seems even stronger. Granny may not tell their mom that Dominika had caught a cold but the next morning Adelina wakes up with the same symptoms. The parents and little girls were so sad that they couldn't be together all the time.  And one day granny brought her granddaughter Diminika to Kyiv for a visit. It was a perfect family moment: all together, smiling, playing and sometimes even behaving naughtily.

Whenever we hear kids’ loud voices and laughs at the Center Dacha, we understand how much they need a place where they can get together and support each other even if they are far away from home and fight for their lives against a serious disease. It makes their road to recovery easier. Your contributions make it possible. Thank you!

New Center Dacha
New Center Dacha
 
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