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 supporting our Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha in 2016! We hope that you will be with our kids in 2017 too.

Center Dacha is one of the first places where families go after hearing terrible words from the doctors: "Your child may have cancer". Here they can get free accommodation before they will be hospitalized at the Cancer Institute for treatment if their case is grave or will go for treatment to a local hospital after receiving a precise diagnosis and a treatment protocol. It’s hard for us to understand what these families feel but here at the Center Dacha they meet people who are in the same situation. While children play together in the playroom full of toys and games, their parents speak over a cup of tea sharing their stories and experience. It’s so great when newcomers get support from other families who know "something" about treatment.

For almost a year little Masha’s family had such a role at the Dacha. The girl was ill with teratoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the small pelvis. Masha’s mom Nadia always knew how to listen to the others and if asked to give advice. She knew how to encourage, how to think positive even in a difficult situation. On weekends together with her husband Oleksandr she organized picnics for all Dacha families. They did it for families to distract from their anxieties, to help them understand that their lives go on and their children still need positive emotions.

Masha’s family is an example that one can do everything to save a child. When they went abroad for an examination that couldn’t be performed in Ukraine the doctors recommended them to stay at their hospital for high-quality treatment and they found a way to do it. Now Masha feels good, she goes to follow up visits regularly and she is under a supervision of high level professionals. Now Masha’s family is happy but they still don’t forget about others who need help. This Christmas they sent a big parcel with food, sweets and toys for all families who had to celebrate winter holidays at the Center Dacha. It’s not only support for them but also hope that eventually everything will be all right. And we are always happy when people who received help start helping others themselves.

In 2016 the Center Dacha provided 199 families with free accommodation, 55 of them were newcomers who had just started treatment.  Thank you for your contributions, you make it possible!

I love you. Masha.
I love you. Masha.
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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting our Dacha, home for children affected by cancer and their families.

At the pediatric department of the National Cancer Institute in Kyiv children with the most complicated diagnoses from all over Ukraine are treated. Their treatment may last a year or even more and all this time they have to stay in Kyiv. Of course, they miss their home, their fathers, sisters, brothers, grannies, all their relatives and friends. And this separation is an additional stress for them. That’s why one of the main goals of our Center Dacha is to unite families, to create a space where they can be together. And when children who are fighting against cancer come to the Dacha from the hospital after painful procedures they feel support of their loved ones.

For example, at the Dacha there was Zhenia’s family from Odesa. The boy completed treatment and they went home just a few days ago. The treatment lasted more than a year: Zhenia was either hospitalized with his mom while his dad stayed at the Dacha or was temporarily discharged to be with his family. Zhenia’s mom took care of him at the hospital and his dad bought medicines and medical materials and cooked healthy meals to bring them as quickly as possible to the department. Besides, Zhenia's father was always ready to help: to repair door handles, to install heat insulation, everything that was needed. When the boy could leave the department he spent some quality time with his family at the Dacha. During holidays at school Zhenia’s elder brother came to visit him; they played games, went for a walk in Kyiv and eat ice cream together. That’s what we mean when we say that Dacha’s goal is to unite families.

Annually, almost 200 families get free accommodation at the Dacha, that is more than a half of all the patients hospitalized at the National Cancer Institute. To be able to continue this project we have to rent a house and to maintain it properly. It would be impossible without your support! Thank you!

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Caring father
Caring father

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Center for Kids Affected by Cancer Dacha!

This center provides free of change accommodation not only for families with kids who either continue treatment or come for follow up visits but to fathers or grandparents who come to help mothers who are usually staying at the hospital with their kids. Why is it important? Let me explain.

Patients of the Institute of Cancer are often prescribed with so called high dose chemotherapy which requires 21 of stay in a closed sterile room for both a child and a mother. They cannot leave the room because the child’s immune system is at its minimum. Only nurses wearing a special uniform can enter the room. The problem is that the hospital doesn’t provide such patients with almost anything except chemotherapy drugs. There are no additional medicines and no appropriate food. That’s why it is so important to have a person outside who can rush from one pharmacy to another to find all the necessary medical materials, prepare healthy well cooked meals and bring them to the hospital three times a day or even more, wash clothes and bring clean ones… This role is often performed by the fathers.

One of such fathers is Oleg who stays at the Center Dacha. Oleg and his family come from Mariupol. The city is very close to the frontline and had its fair share of troubled times. More than once they had to leave their home and seek refuge at their relatives’ from other regions of Ukraine. When Oleg’s son Vlad started feeling bad the closest hospital with good equipment was in Donetsk, the occupied territory. The doctors found a tumor and recommended to go to Kyiv for treatment. Now little Vlad undergoes high dose chemo. Every day Oleg is very busy. He finds all the medicines the doctors prescribe and prepares meals. He explains that during such treatment children usually don’t want to eat at all but they have to do it in order to be strong. That’s why he has to cook not only healthy dishes without excessive fats but also something that his son likes to eat. Oleg does his best to take care of his son and his wife.

Thanks to your contributions Oleg and other fathers like him have a place to stay free of charge, so they can devote themselves to fighting for their beloved kids’ lives.

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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Dacha Center for Ukrainian kids with cancer.

Today I would like to tell you about Vikusia, Little Viktoria, whose smiling face greets us every morning when we come to the Dacha. She is only four years old and half of her life she spent at the hospital. When she was just one year old her mom noticed a swelling in her nose and brought her to the doctor immediately. There were a lot of different diagnoses before the doctors eventually understood that they were dealing with cancer. Vika underwent painful treatment with surgeries and chemotherapies and then returned home. However,it was not the end of her suffering.

From time to time Vikusia came for regular medical checkups and she always got free accommodation at the Center Dacha. One of such visits brought bad news: a recurrence was detected. The girl had to start therapies all over again. The only good news was that the treatment protocol could be performed in a day hospital regime. It meant that she didn’t need hospitalization and could remain at the Dacha with her family. She could remain in her favorite room that was cozy and clean and with flowers on the windowsill. 

In spite of all their hardships Vika’s family is very optimistic. The girl’s mom Zhenia supports everybody at the Dacha Center, especially new families who start treatment for the first time. When Dacha guests sit at the dining table together Zhenia tries to involve them into a conversation, to answer their questions if they have any, to encourage them. Vikusia is like her mother, she is very sociable and always ready to play with other kids who may be shy, to show to newcomers what toys and games there are in the Dacha playroom and in the yard.  

During the first three months of this year 49 families like Vikusia’s got free accommodation at the Center Dacha, 12 of them came here for the first time. All the rooms available are almost always occupied. Most children stay at the Dacha with both parents or with a mother and a grandmother. Dacha is a unique opportunity for such families to stay together in a homelike environment where they feel comfortable and safe. Your generous contributions help making it possible. Thank you!

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Dear friends,

thank you for helping to ensure free accommodation at the Center Dacha for children with cancer.

Today I would like to tell you a story of 2-year-old Matviy who has been living with his family at the Center Dacha for six months. All this time the boy is fighting against a terrible disease: kidney cancer. Unfortunately, in addition to cancer the child has a heart defect. So, his little body has to fight against two diseases at a time. Moreover, the family comes from the Lugansk Oblast that is close to the conflict zone in the Eastern Ukraine. Although their village is not occupied it is full of military machines and explosion from the battlefront can be heard everywhere. The boy was afraid of any noise when he came to the Dacha for the first time…

Because of heart problems Matviy has a special treatment protocol. He receives small doses of chemotherapy in a day hospital regime. So, he receives chemo and immediately goes to the Dacha where he feels much better than in a hospital patients’ room. Here he can play in a playroom with a lot of toys or spend time in the fresh air in the garden. Most of all, Matviy is happy when volunteers come to the Dacha and play with him and with his friends. Also he likes to spend time with his mother at the kitchen helping to bake cookies. When his father does some small repair works in the house Matviy is always with him handing him instruments.

When Zaporuka ladies and lady guests come to the Dacha Matviy meets them and offers them his hand to accompany them like a true gentleman. For him Dacha is his home, it’s a place where he feels safe. Here he can be together with his mother and his father and sometimes even his granny comes for a visit. Your support makes it possible for Matviy and many other kids.

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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Iana Dashkovska
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