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 your priceless support!

As you know, our Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha can provide accommodation for 6 children with their families at a time. Their age may vary from a few months to 18 years. This time I would like to share with you a teenager’s story.

For little babies the most important thing is to be with their moms, for them home is where their mom is. It’s different for teenagers. They know perfectly well what disease they have and its possible consequences, they understand that the treatment is long and that they will be separated from their family and friends, they will not be able to attend school, their studies will be interrupted and they may have to change their dream about a future profession or stop going in for their favorite sports in which they had important achievements.

That’s why the first conversations with brooding teenagers who have cancer are often not easy. However, there are exceptions to this rule. 15-year-old Katia who came from Chernigiv Oblast with her mom is very optimistic. She is sure that she will win over the disease. The girl is very active, participates eagerly in all creative master classes trying to learn everything new. She can paint nice pictures, make fluffy toys and embroider. Her positive attitude is really contagious for other kids and even for us.

Katia’s diagnosis is quite complicated as the tumor affected her shoulder-blade bone and she doesn’t have a full mobility of the arm. Still it doesn’t prevent the girl from making her beautiful creations and her optimism is reflected in her works. Katia actively participates in our project “Art’s Healing Power”: children paint pictures and raise money for medicines selling them at charity auctions. People like her paintings because they are really bright and positive.

Katia and her mom regularly get accommodation at the Center Dacha during the pauses in treatment at the Institute of Cancer in Kyiv. When the girl has to go to the hospital for a chemotherapy course she is always looking forward to the return to the Dacha where she is not confined by a drip and is free of pain to create what she likes. For her Dacha is like a true home where she can spend time with her family, her peers and make new friends. 

Thank you so much for helping make this special place in which children can forget about being ill!

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Our Dacha is a place for kids like a one year old Vasia who you can see in the pictures. During a year more than 100 kids with cancer have an opportunity to live at the Center Dacha together with their parents and even sisters and brothers. Most of these families are coming to the hospital from far away villages and cities, they are very poor and they get full support from our Foundation to treat their children: medicines, food, psychological help, nurses and, of course, free accommodation at the Center Dacha.

Vasia is a little boy who has a terrible disease since he was born. When he comes to the Dacha his bright smile illuminates hearts of all people around him. Everybody who gets to know him is destined to like him. He is so cheerful that sometimes it is impossible to believe that a life-threatening disease is eating his body from the first day of his life. Unfortunately, the boy knows how hard it is to stay at the hospital for months and to continue painful therapies but he has to do it to recover.

Vasia is really happy when he has an opportunity to spend time at the Dacha which is nothing like the hospital but like a true home with his own room, with a playroom and a kitchen where his mother can cook for him. Vasia comes regularly to the Dacha with his mom and his granny for almost a year. As his mother tells that at the Dacha her son feels better, he has better appetite and his medical tests results get better allowing him to continue fighting for his life.

Here at the Dacha Vasia cut his first tooth and pronounced his first words. It’s more than an accommodation for him and for all other children because those who stay here are friends and take care of each other as if they were one big family. When Vasia had a complicated surgery all Dacha people supported his parents and prayed for him.  Now Vasia has completed main treatment and starts rehabilitation. For its duration he will stay here at the Dacha.

Thank you so much for helping to make a place like home for seriously ill children changing their hard lives full of pain for the better!

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The boy, Sasha the Painter as we call him, has cancer but he doesn’t give up. When he is at the hospital or at the Center for Children Affected by Caner Dacha he paints red cats and with the help of volunteers sells his pictures to pay for necessary medicines.

Yesterday 8-year-old boy came to us and said that he wanted to give a part of his earnings to support Dacha project on Global Giving because he liked staying there with his family. He came and said like a little man: “I want to help, I decided so!” Our 41st donor is really unique.

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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Project Leader:
Iana Dashkovska
Kyiv, Ukraine
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