Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine

by Charitable Foundation Zaporuka
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Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine
Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine

Dear friends,

thank you for standing with Ukraine! Your contributions help give a home away from home to families with seriously ill children on treatment.

Lviv is a relatively safe city in Ukraine where cancer treatment is possible. Families who have escaped from occupied territories or combat zones often live in overcrowded apartments, houses, shelters, or even school gyms. For children affected by cancer with zero immunity, it is not acceptable. Besides, with frequent air raid alarms, anxiety increases if families are always apart: mothers and children in the hospital, and the other children with fathers in the shelters.

That’s why families with ill children need accommodation not far from the hospital to be together as much as possible. Like little Elina, you see in the picture. Her family left Kharkiv Oblast in April 2022 to stay in their distant relative’s house in the Lviv Oblast. They couldn’t remain in the region neighboring Russia under constant missile and artillery attacks. At that time, the family could not imagine that they would have to face their daughter’s disease in addition to the horrors of the war.

In June, Elina’s parents noticed that something was wrong. After a detailed examination, the doctors communicated a diagnosis – neuroblastoma with metastases. The condition of the little girl was critical. While the parents tried to hide their despair, Elina started receiving treatment after urgent hospitalization. Between therapies, the family needed a place to stay. It was dangerous for the girl to have long trips to go a remote town, to a house full of people. Your support helped provide the family with an apartment not far from the hospital.

In December, Elina had a high-dose chemotherapy with the following stem cell transplant. The procedure was successful. Before Christmas, the girl with her mom were released from a sterile suite in the hospital where they had spent almost a month. They were delighted to hug Elina’s father again, be together in their new home, and go for a nearby walk in the park. Thank you for making it possible!  

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Elina's Family
Elina's Family

Dear friends,

thank you so much for supporting children with cancer in Ukraine in time of war.

These days, after the Russian missile assault all over the country, we feel like it’s February 24 again. However, we don’t give up and don’t stop responding to people’s needs. Your contributions make it possible.  

As of now, our Center Dacha is temporarily closed in Kyiv. The new Dacha construction was suspended at the beginning of the war when active hostilies took place around Ukraine's capital. In summer, the works resumed, and we hope and believe we will be able to open the house for children’s families the following year. Please, see the progress in the picture below.

Although the Dacha is closed, families who have children with cancer in Ukraine need a home away from home. Like Elina’s family who left Kharkiv Oblast in April to become IDPs, that is internally displaced persons. They couldn’t live any longer under the constant Russian shelling. When the girl came to the Lviv Oblast, she didn’t have symptoms. When Elina started feeling bad, they went to the hospital and underwent thorough examinations. The results were shocking: a malignant tumor that required immediate hospitalization in Lviv.

The family couldn’t remain in the village where they lived, and they didn’t have a place to stay in the city. With your help, now Elina’s family has accommodation not far from the hospital. Both parents are with their beloved daughter. They face this long treatment together and pray for Elina’s recovery.     

Thank you for being there for Ukrainian families now.

New Dacha in Progress
New Dacha in Progress
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Sofia and her son Mark
Sofia and her son Mark

Dear friends,

thank you so much for supporting children with cancer in Ukraine in time of war.

One of these childrenis Mark. He was diagnosed with cancer after February 24, the date that changed the lives of all people in Ukraine.

Mark’s mom Sofia tells their story:

“I am Sofia. I am a mother of five children. My daughter Ilona is the eldest. She is 17, an 11th-grade student, preparing to leave school. My other children are all boys, also pupils. I call them “my football team.” David has just turned 14 years old. Vania is 9. Saveliy is a first-grader. Mark, the youngest – only two and a half. We are from Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast.

Mark’s disease struck us out of nowhere. It happened in March. After the beginning of the Russian invasion. Honestly, we were neither ready for the former nor the latter. Of course, no one can be ready for that.

The local hospital didnt have the equipment to examine Mark properly. They took everything away from the war zone. In Kramatorsk, we saw everything – shelling, flying rockets, explosions. We have an airfield near our apartment. In the first days, all the explosions were very close to us. The last blast we witnessed made our neighbors’ windows blow out. Ours did not fall apart, they just opened wide. It was very fortunate that the broken glass did not injure anyone.

It was terrifying to stay in our apartment. We quickly moved to my children’s godfather, in a village near the city. But bombs hit there, too. Shelling hit four private houses, and they burned to the ground. With people inside. Everyone who lived there died.

Children are terrified of sirens and loud noises nearby. When there is an air alarm, the boys immediately climb under the beds and hide there. Ilona runs to the bathroom. It’s an automatic reaction now. Fear is already in their blood.

I got hysterical when the doctors talked about going to Lviv and the possibility of evacuation for treatment abroad. How will I go so far away without taking all of my children with me? The Zaporuka team organizing this evacuation reassured me that we would all be together.

We had two hours to get ready. The children didn’t take anything with them. No clothes, no textbooks. We went to Lviv by the evacuation train. Without a nurse, alone. Mark was injected with painkillers, antibiotics, and antipyretics. I don’t remember how that day went on the train. It was a trip to “nowhere” for me, with a son in my arms who could die. This thought still chills my mind.

In the hospital in Lviv, the doctors told me there would be no evacuation abroad. Mark wouldn’t survive the trip. My boy is currently undergoing the fifth chemo cycle. In a week, there will be the sixth one, the final. Surgery is the next. CT will show what the results are. From the looks of it, Mark is energetic. He is in a good mood. Not at all sluggish, as it was in the beginning. I finally recognize my boy.

We all spent the night in the hospital the first night after arrival. Now all my family lives in the small town of Sokal, not far from LvivZaporuka has rented a house for our family, helps us with food, with everything. I am very grateful to them. They saved me – homeless, with an ill child in my hands.

I believe in the best. I see progress after the chemotherapy. Mark feels much better. I pray to God that the child survives the surgery. I am very worried about this. But I can’t afford to show this emotion. He sees everything and reacts to my moods.

I don’t want to leave Ukraine. This is our home, our land. Like all of us, I want the war to end sooner... For Mark to get well. This is the most important thing for me. This is my personal front.

Your contributions make it possible to provide accommodation, food and other basic products for kids and their families fleeing the war. Thank you so much for being there for us!

 

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Together
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Brothers are safe now
Brothers are safe now

Dear friends,

thank you for making home away from home for kids with cancer!

On February 24th, when Russia invaded Ukraine starting this terrible war, the families who stayed at the Dacha house had to decide very quickly what to do to save their children.

We organized for them the evacuation to Ternopil in Western Ukraine and three families left immediately. They were very scared. The journey was very difficult because of bombardment and heavy traffic. It took 15 hours to reach the destination. It was really hard for kids, for example, for Vika who was in grave condition after being on treatment for 3 years but they made it.

It was the right decision to evacuate kids immediately because then they could go abroad for further treatment. Those kids who remained in Kyiv longer had to stay in basements without chemo and other therapies because drugs couldn’t be delivered to them in time.

Now the rented Dacha house is closed in Kyiv. The new house Dacha we have been building for three years and preparing for inauguration in June is also closed for now. The father of one of the girls we evacuated to Italy for treatment stays in the house as a volunteer guardian to make sure everything is alright there (as much as it can be alright during the war). We hope that we will be able to open this house to help kids in the future.  

Now your contributions make it possible to provide temporary accommodation for kids with cancer and their families on the way to safety from all over Ukraine. Thank you so much for being there for us in the most difficult time of the modern Ukrainian history! 

Kids playing when they are safe
Kids playing when they are safe
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Ira with her mom at the Dacha
Ira with her mom at the Dacha

Dear friends,

thank you for making a home away from home for kids with cancer!

Dacha house is a place where kids forget about hospitals and therapies. Here, they are free to indulge in what they like to do. Like Ira, Dacha's make-up artist.

15-year-old Ira comes from a family of refugees. She had to leave everything behind with her mom to escape the war. When their life got back to normal somehow, Ira fell ill. She felt that something was wrong with her cheek in 2020. It was the pandemic's beginning, and then it was next to impossible to go to the doctor. They sent the picture of the swelling in messenger, but in such a way, the doctor couldn't make an accurate diagnosis. Ira managed to get to the hospital only when she felt sharp pain. After surgery and biopsy, it turned out that it was cancer.

Ira was on treatment in Kyiv for almost a year. When she was not receiving therapy, she came to the Dacha with her mom. There, she could enjoy her favorite pastime: make-up. She learned new techniques from internet tutorials and posted her own ideas on her Instagram page.  She got a new make-up kit as a birthday present, and she experimented with it to share with her followers.

As you can see in the pictures, Ira is skillful. She is always ready to share her skills with others. She organized make-up masterclasses for Dacha moms and girls and taught them her secrets. Even in their hardest life period, they want to be beautiful, and Ira helps them with it.

Thank you for making Dacha possible for Ira and 70 other kids who need a place to be themselves in a difficult time in their lives.

Ira at work
Ira at work
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Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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