Elena Kolechyonok - a sunny girl
Our dear friends! Time flies very fast, and 2016 is now in the history books. We would like to present you a brief summary of our work in 2016 year and plans for 2017.
The year of 2016 was very busy, bright and rich in events and people. It was the year of our 15th anniversary and it will be something to remember and talk about.
It was a year of new bone marrow donor recruiting actions. For the first time in several years, these actions have become regular events in June, September, October, and November. Such cities as Petrozavodsk, Kostomuksha, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, and Rostov-na-Donu participated in our recruiting campaigns. The Register has been growing! We have now 3705 potential donors –an increase of 682 over the previous year!!!
It was a year of matches: five our donors matched with the patients! Unfortunately, in three cases, our help was too late... And the latest match is still in process. One of our "September" donors happened to be fully compatible with a three year old boy from Argentina. The whole process, between finding a compatible donor and a transplantation, takes about two months. The Registry prepared and sent all the necessary documents and the samples with donated blood. Now we have to wait and beg the Argentine boy: "Please, live! Help is on your way!"
It was a year of victories, not only ours, but also associated with us. In 2016, the Registry took part in the national Contest of non-profits “Co-participation” and was awardedthe first prize in the nomination "Formula of good deeds". Students of "Potanin Foundation" won a grant for the project "500+", and this grant will help us to hold 2017 recruiting campaigns. Four actions have been already planned, and preparations are underway for the first one in the middle of February.
It was a year of new and, we hope, long-term partners and friends. In 2016, we signed a cooperation agreement with the Registry of Hematopoietic Cells Donors and a Public Cord Blood Bank in Samara. One of the main provisions of the agreement is providing information about our donors in search engine of the Samara's Registry, currently the most advanced in Russia. It allows us to enter the most complete information about the potential donor, making the search much easier and faster. Our Registry will provide practical assistance in the organization of the recruiting campaigns of potential donors. We hope the agreement will help the Samara's Registry and us to reach a new level of development.
And certainly, it was a year of our the most important people – our volunteers, our donors, and our sponsors. We won’t be able to work without you, our dear supporters. Today we want to introduce you Elena Kalechyonok, a petite girl, with a great heart and unique personality. She is a specialist of the Karelian Republic Centre of Youth, head of the Youth Public Movement "Avard Association" , our volunteer, and a potential bone marrow donor. "I love to help people, - Elena says, I don't know...My heart has been built this way. I cannot live only for myself. When people ask me why I do this (volunteering) - spend a lot of time and energy for people who I even don't know and most likely will never meet… I answer, - 'You also need it. Believe, your heart is eager to help to someone, even though you don't know this person. When you follow your heart and you know that you have just helped somebody, and even more - you have given somebody a second chance for life, it is like...it is like the Sun is always with you. I mean, it doesn't matter what is going on in your life right now, if it is dark and cold outside - there is always sunny in your heart.”
May the Sun be always with you!