Dec 20, 2017

Report 14 - Help Lithuanian Kids in their Battle

Domas with his mother
Domas with his mother

Autumn has passed and we would like to share what had been done over the period from September through to November.

We would also like to share good news about children's improving health and about their families. Over this autumn Mamu unija supported families raising children with oncological diseases. The funds were used for purchasing non-covered medicines, essential nursing care items and for families' trips and fuel costs to and from hospitals, children's birthdays and their biggest dreams.Support had been granted to cover Laurynas, Domas and Maksimilijanas's treatment in Switzerland. We also helped to cover Bogdan's treatment expences. This boy came from Ukraine due to unfavourable treatment conditions. We would like to express our gratitude to GlobalGiving donors who contributed to this support 105 USD .

Over the period of three months Maksimilijanas flew to Switzerland once, Laurynas and Domas - twice. Travel and treatment expences were covered by a sum of 2,680 USD

For Bogdan's from Ukraine treatment we had allocated  20,000 USD.

A heartfelt message from Domas's, who has been fighting eye cancer for almost 2 years, mum explains everything. Let us share our joy that we are almost at the finish line. Each of you who donates to our organisation, contributes to these success stories. You are helping children and families. Thank you! <3

"I managed not to lose hope when there was a real probability that it was going to happen. On the contrary, I became stronger and this little man made me fight. He is a strong fighter. Two years ago we were packing our bags for our first trip and my heart filled with joy at having been given such a chance to save his eye and receive treatment and further monitoring in Switzerland. I already lost count of Domukas's flights and anesthesias. Soon it will only be a memory as the treatment is no longer applied. All challenges are already behind and the treating professor promised that the next month's examination is going to be the last one, and we will be able to stay in Lithuanian doctors' care," Domas's mam Sandra said.

Laurynas also has some good news! He's going to stay in Lithuanian doctors' care too. After yesterday's examination in Switzerland the porfessor assured that the tumor is no longer active and no new formations were found. Another piece of great news is that his left eyesight improved twofold!!! Covering his healthy eye proved to be highly effective and these procedures will have to be continued for around five more years.

Laurynas's mum is happy: "if two years ago we would had given up Laurynas would have been able to keep only one of his eyes. However thanks to the doctors' work and the support from all of you, today Laurynas is a healthy kid enjoying his life. He was not alone in this hard fight. He had a whole army with him. We are eternally grateful to all and each of you."

Over the above three-month period we had been regularly distributing essential nursing care items such as diapers - 60 pcs., wetwipes - 31 pcs. and mats - 39 pcs. We also distributed other hygiene care items such as creams - 8 pcs., shower gels and shampoos - 11 pcs.

Families in Vilnius University Santaros Children’s Hospital and in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinic received our support and we organised events for the kids with professional educational activities. We also baked and enjoyed pizzas in the hospital!

To make the upcoming Christmas more festive we donated almost 200 kg of oranges and persimonns.

We congratulated 40 children on their birthdays. A birthday for children is indeed one of the most important events of the year!

We would like to express our gratitude to all GlobalGiving donors, as your contribution makes our little patients' days much brighter and happier!  

Laurynas
Laurynas
Baking pizzas in hospital
Baking pizzas in hospital
Little Bogdan from Ukraine
Little Bogdan from Ukraine
With the biggest wish
With the biggest wish
Happy masks
Happy masks
Sep 5, 2017

Report 13 - Help Lithuanian Kids in their Battle

Kisses from little friend (Canterapy dog)
Kisses from little friend (Canterapy dog)

 

This summer, over the period from June through August the charitable foundation Mamu Unija had provided 44 879,72 USDof aid for children suffering from oncological diseases as well as support for their families. These funds were used to acquire non-covered drugs, essential nursing care items, for supporting children's treatment abroad and for funding their trips to hospitals and back, as well as for children's birthdays and dreams. Funding was allocated for the treatment of Laurynas, Domas and Maksimilijanas in Switzerland. We would also like to express our gratitude to global giving donors who contributed 374,86 USD.

Over the period of three months the trips to Switzerland were conducted as follows: Maksimilijanas travelled once, Laurynas – twice and Domas – twice. Trip and treatment expenses were covered by a sum of 5 969,61 USD

Domas's mum was happy “our little Domas and his family are sending their greetings! After the trip to Switzerland his eyes are in a stable condition, doctors found no changes. It is a great achievement for us to receive only positive news for a second time in a row. My heart felt that all will be fine,” Domas's mum Sandra said. Keep up the good job, dear trooper Domas! Thank you everyone for the support.

Laurynas's mum also shared her experience about his treatment: “Laurynas is growing into a great guy with a strong character. He always tries to get what he wants, at any cost. For a very long time Laurynas was unable to speak but now we are happy to announce that we can talk to each other and he learns new words every day. The boy attends a special kindergarten for children with eyesight disorders. There he is constantly monitored by specialists, undergoes special training and is treated by a speech therapist. We are waiting for our September meeting with Swiss therapists and expecting good news.”

Also, to our Austeja who lost her leg to disease, we ordered and purchased a leg prosthesis for 27 373 USD. For now Austeja is waiting for her prosthesis and is already learning to walk with a temporary prosthesis.

We also purchased non-covered antifungal medicines and food supplements to our little Mintare as after a long and demanding treatment she refused to eat for some time. The expenses amounted to 1900 USD . Thus, the total sum of treatment expenses over the period of three months is 36 576,40 USD

Additionally, over the period of three months we had been providing essential nursing care items (diapers, wet wipes, and covers) and dispensed: diapers – 35 pcs, wet wipes – 36, covers – 52. Other hygiene items (such as cream, shower gel, shampoo): cream – 22 pcs, shower gel and shampoo – 16.

For families whose children are treated in Vilnius University Santaros Children’s Hospital and in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinic we also provided support and organised events. During these events we presented items for the use in the children's activity room – 44 learning games, McQueen tables and chairs, new children's clothes, 80 big boxes of candy for all children in the hospitals, 50 pizzas and 20 kg of blueberries.

We also celebrated birthdays of 41 children. Our efforts are dedicated to making kids' hospital days easier and brighter and for making them happier.

We also prepared amusing tasks such as pizza or ice cream making sessions. Moreover, we invited professional hairdressers and make-up artists to give some joy to mums and to our little troopers. Children had a possibility to enjoy the company of Canine Therapy Centre pets. One of the mothers shared her experience and said “your heart melts when those tiny fingers are touching soft and fluffy fur and the whole department is full of children's voices and laughter. Then you realise that it really helps to get better as they, in their long and hard journey, need as much positive emotions and gentle touch as possible.”

We are eternally grateful for such cosy meetings, positive emotions, unlimited love for children and their precious time to Iveta, the soul of canine therapy, and her entire team. And a special thanks to Matilda and Brukne who did not shy away from children's embraces and kisses. And of course, let us express our gratitude to dogs’ owners for their care and for taking the time to do good deeds.

We would like to express our gratitude to all Global Giving donors who are not indifferent to children's pain and are constantly supporting those who need those warm wishes and support the most. 

Ausra dream - visit island of Crete
Ausra dream - visit island of Crete
One of the happiest goodbye hair occasion
One of the happiest goodbye hair occasion
Domas with his mother
Domas with his mother
Laurynas
Laurynas
Sweet tooth
Sweet tooth
May 22, 2017

Report 12 - Help Lithuanian Kids in their Battle with Cancer

Meja cutting hair to her hospital ward friend
Meja cutting hair to her hospital ward friend

Over the period from March through April and May the charitable foundation Mamu Unija had provided 95 285.99 USD of aid for children suffering from oncological diseases as well as support for their families. All the funds had been allocated for obtaining non-covered drugs, nursing care items, for supporting children's' treatment abroad and for funding their trips  to hospitals and back. These funds had also been used for children's birthdays and to fulfil their biggest dreams; as well as for organising exciting activities helping children and their families brighten up their days. 

Laurynas, Maksimilijanas and Domas continue their treatment in Switzerland. Laurynas's mom, whose son has been diagnosed with eye cancer, is finally smiling happily:
"It's our 15th time here, isn't it? I keep losing track already. Or is it the 16th? It would seem everything should be familiar now, all procedures and their sequence should be known. But each time you come here with a trembling heart, like the first time. However, we have good news - the tumour is no longer active and there are no new ones. The eyesight of his left eye has improved by 5%, while the eyesight of his right eye is perfect. As of August we have been travelling to Switzerland only for routine examination, thus, Laurynas has not been given any treatment for over 6 months now. We truly hope that it will not be required any moreSince the risk for tumour recurrence is diminishing, the gaps between visits are getting longer. This time the treating professor let us go for 3 months. The next visit is scheduled in summer," said Laurynas's mom Ramune.

Domas went to Switzerland twice over the period of 3 months. The expenses of his treatment are 3,565.27 USD. Domas's mom shared her thoughts on the subject of treatment:

"For the first time Domas underwent his examination like a real man - not a single tear shed. And the news was so good! His eyesight is improving, which means we are making progress. 
Another piece of great news is that there were no new signs of disease. No treatment has been assigned - his eye is clean! We are jumping with joy and we hope that the next visit that is scheduled next month is going to be similarly satisfying, because how much more can we take... 
Greetings to everyone!"

In addition, over the period of 3 months, we had been constantly providing critical nursing care items for 38 children:  Diapers – 70 pcs., wet wipes – 40 pcs.; blankets – 221 pcs, other hygiene items (creams, shower gel, shampoos) - 54 have been dispensed accordingly.

When a child is suffering from oncological disease, families' expenses sky-rocket, this is why we work on compensating families' expenses of travelling from and to hospitals. Over the period of 3 months we had allocated 2,422.55 USD for fuel so that 46 families could freely travel for examination and treatment purposes. 

We have allocated 74,770.02 USD for the construction of Children's Oncology Support Centre which is to provide psychological support and rehabilitation services for children suffering from oncological diseases and for their families.    

Over this period we had congratulated 53 children on their birthdays and managed to fulfil 19 biggest dreams ranging from a cell phone to small mouthorgan. Each Wednesday in Vilnius Santaros Clinic and each Thursday in Kaunas Clinic we had organised events for children and their parents.

Our guests entertained children with their performances, different characters, and various activities such as creating natural wax candles, nitrogen and fire shows or pizza nights for the entire ward!

Since moms whose children are diagnosed with cancer have no time for themselves, each month the hospital ward is visited by beauty specialists who offer to do make-up, hair and face procedures and manicure.

And finally we would like to share Austeja's mom’s thoughts on almost battled disease:

"This is something incredible. This Friday we had our last chemo treatment. Tomorrow, Tuesday, she should be free of any drugs.
It is unbelievable, but it's happening. 
Now we only hope that her blood remains as is and we will be progressing to a new level. We will start learning to walk. Everyone is waiting for their new baby to start walking. Just like us - waiting for our daughter to start walking with her new leg.

Birthday present for Liveta
Birthday present for Liveta
Playing with fire
Playing with fire
Animator talking with Antanas about love
Animator talking with Antanas about love
Feeling of love
Feeling of love
Domas getting better
Domas getting better
 
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