Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine

by Charitable Foundation Zaporuka
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine
Yeva and Artemchyk are safe now
Yeva and Artemchyk are safe now

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting the Ukrainian kids during this terrible war.

From the first days of war kids with cancer in Kyiv and all over the country were in danger because they either had to receive chemo in the basement of the hospitals or couldn’t receive it at all because necessary drugs couldn’t be delivered in time.

Our team has been working to organize the evacuation of as many children with serious diagnoses as possible. We are working from Kyiv, from Lviv and in Poland where children and parents are firstly transported. Then their destinations depend on the diagnosis and the hospitals’ availability.  In the picture you can see Yeva, diagnosed with brain tumor, and Artemchyk, diagnosed with leukemia, who are ready to fly to Italy with special medical flight.

However, still many patients remain in Ukraine. We are working in close contact with doctors who give  information what medicines are required urgently. With the help of our partners we receive medicines as humanitarian aid in Lviv and then our brave volunteers take dangerous roads to bring the medicines to Kyiv to save kids’ lives.

Your contributions make it possible to save kids’ lives in the most difficult time of the modern Ukrainian history. Thank you so much for being there for us now!  

Kids arrive in Italy
Kids arrive in Italy
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Little Marichka on treatment in Kyiv
Little Marichka on treatment in Kyiv

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting kids with cancer in Ukraine!

For us in Ukraine, now is a challenging time of fear and uncertainty. We know from experience that the threat of Russian aggression is real, but we don't know if and when it can happen. The atmosphere is tense, and people cannot feel safe. The kids we help feel this tension from their parents and start playing war games with toy weapons they find in the hospital's playroom and the family house run by us. Just look at the picture below we made one of these days. 

Our kids' families will also be affected by possible war. Little Marichka, you see in the picture, is on treatment in Kyiv for nephroblastoma, a kidney tumor, with her mom. Her dad is a combat veteran of the Russia-Ukraine war in Donbas. Now he stays in their home town supporting the family and taking care of Marichka's elder sister, who has to go to school. He visits Marichka in Kyiv quite often and helps his wife in every possible way. However, he will be deployed to defend Ukraine in case of escalation. And Marichka, who still has to undergo more than 20 chemo cycles, will have to fight for her life without him.

In 2021, thanks to your generous contributions, 469 children like Marichka received the help they needed: medicines, medical supplies for chemo and surgeries, endoprostheses, physical rehabilitation, and psychological support. We don't know what happens later in 2022, but we know that Ukrainian kids with cancer and their families need as many people as possible to be there for them this difficult year.

Toys kids play now
Toys kids play now
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Zaporuka's First Graders
Zaporuka's First Graders

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting kids with cancer in Ukraine!

Every year, in September, we celebrate our first graders. All the kids you see in the picture have started school this year. All of them are cancer survivors whom we helped when they were on treatment.

We watched Myron, Emilia, Daniela, Oleksandra, Vania, and many other kids grow at the Cancer Institute Pediatric Department andthe Family House Dacha. Now we are happy to see their pictures from school and get news about their achievements.

Myron was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was just four months old. Treatment was long and complicated, with more than ten chemo cycles and surgery. As Myron’s mom says, the time of the disease was hard, but, with so many good people around, they managed to overcome it.

Emilia underwent complex pancreatic surgery at the Cancer Institute four years ago. It was one of those rare cases when the doctors suspected a malignant tumor, but, fortunately, it turned out to be benign. When her family received the test results, it was the happiest moment in their life.

Daniela received cancer diagnosis when she lived inthe Luhansk Oblast, the occupied territory, where there was no treatment available. She came to Kyiv and, between hospitalizations, stayed with her family at our Dacha house. When Daniela went into remission, her mom Olga was diagnosed with cancer too. Now both of them are survivors.

Oleksandra was on treatment at the Cancer Institute three years ago. At that time, our psychologists and volunteers, with whom the girl loved to spend time, were her consolation as she suffered being so far away from home, from her relatives and friends. Oleksandra’s mom says that the psychological support was a lifeline that helped their family to live through the disease.

Vania had a specifically located tumor, so it was impossible to remove it without the MIBG scan that was not available in Ukraine. We organized the exam for him in Italy. In 2021, Vania had to go for a follow-up checkup, and we managed to arrange a visit during the pandemic with the authorization of the Italian Ministry of Health. The scan confirmed that everything was fine. 

Your support makes it possible for these kids and many others to enjoy such important life event as starting school.

Thank you for helping kids in Ukraine survive cancer!

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"It is impossible to break the will to live!"
"It is impossible to break the will to live!"

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting kids with cancer in Ukraine!

In the pictures, you can see Vika and Anton who got help when they needed it most. When they had cancer. Now they are survivors. They are not afraid to tell their stories and to show their pictures when they were ill.

Agreeing to take part in this photo project is a bold move for them, as they open up about this part of their life despite the stigmatization of cancer in Ukraine. They do it for kids who are on treatment now. They want to change society’s attitudes – from irrational fear to understanding that cancer is not a death sentence. 

Thanks to this experience, they have become who they are today. Anton is a marathon runner who never misses opportunities to participate in charity runs in support of kids with cancer. We know volunteers like Anton coming to speak with kids on treatment about such simple but painful and important topics as hair loss and their appearance.

The survivors say how valuable their experience is. Later on, growing up, they admit that they got to know themselves better and realized that even when they were ill, they still could have fun, dream, create, learn, make friends, and love. Cancer couldn’t stop them.

Thank you for helping kids in Ukraine survive cancer and inspire others!

"After it everything just begins!"
"After it everything just begins!"
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Alina
Alina

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer! Your gift makes it possible for kids to receive treatment with necessary drugs when the public procurements fail them.

Now we have an emergency related to such chemotherapy drugs as methotrexate. It is used in high doses to treat bone cancers in children. It is very toxic, that is why it can be administered only in Kyiv so that the doctor can control the removal of the drugs from the body. However, in 2021, the new supply of methotrexate has not arrived in the hospital and no one knows when it is available again. It is also quite expensive, that is why not all Ukrainian families can afford to buy it with their own money.

Alina, the girl you see in the picture, is one of those who needed methotrexate and received it in time thanks to your support. In September 2020, she felt pain in the leg for the first time but she did not tell about it for two months because she did not want to worry her parents. When she eventually went to the doctor, the swelling was evident and the tests confirmed that it was a malignant tumor. Alina was admitted to the Institute of Cancer in Kyiv. She has been treated there for a few months already. It is especially hard for teenagers like her to be isolated in the hospital but even there she found a new hobby that brings her joy: body art.

In February 2021, in addition to Alina, seven more children received methotrexate, which they needed for treatment. That is 9-year-old Andriy whose soldier father returned from the war in Eastern Ukraine to be there for his son in the hospital. That is 8-year-old Daniel whose family found out about his disease during this winter holidays. That is 16-year-old Andriy for whom chemo with methotrexate was one of the last stages of long treatment after the surgery to remove the tumor and install the bone prosthesis. These are 18-year-old Oleksandr, 16-year-old Maryn, 17-year old Yaroslav, 13-year-old Oleksii who needed your support before, and many other kids who need your support now.

Childhood cancer is curable. But it cannot be cured without drugs. For kids to receive treatment in time, please, give your gift today. This week GlobalGiving is matching all online donations up to $50 at 50%.

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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Twitter: @_zaporuka
Project Leader:
Iana Dashkovska
Kyiv, Ukraine
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