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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
Life-saving treatment for kids in Ukraine

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting seriously ill kids from Ukraine! Your generous donations make it possible for kids to receive medicines or other medical supplies that are not available, rehabilitation after surgeries as well as psychological support.

That’s it, psychological support. Sometimes we forget that often it is not enough to give children the necessary drugs for them to get well. In the situation of a serious disease like cancer, children and their family members feel emotional tension, anxiety, despair, anger, fear of the future, the inability to manage the situation, the chaos of diverse emotions and feelings. The psychologist is a specialist who can help to cope with these feelings, to accumulate internal and external resources and to find motivation for recovery.

I would like to tell you a story from the practice of the Zaporuka team to show how it works. A 10-year-old girl who has been hospitalized at the Institute of Cancer for six months endured more than one surgery and many chemotherapy cycles. She came to the psychological session angry and tired of everything, especially the hospital and her disease. The psychologist offered her to use modeling clay and to make her disease. And while she was working they could discuss her emotions and her attitudes towards the disease.

- What is it?

- That’s a monster! It is very evil. I hate it!

- What else do you feel about it?

- I am angry with it, I haven’t called it.

- What would you like to tell it? You can tell anything, don’t hold back.

- Go to hell! I am sick and tired of you, I hate you! (shouting)

- What would you like to do with it?

- I want to tear it to pieces and throw it away to the garbage can!

The girl was tearing it to pieces and shouting for a long time. Afterward, she felt energetic and cheerful. She went to her room with a smile.

It’s a good example of just one session that can make a difference although in most cases the psychologists need to work longer to help. Thanks to your support Zaporuka team can work regularly and systematically in two pediatric departments in Kyiv and in one department in Lviv.

From July till September of this year 28 children received either necessary medicines or medical supplies. 19 children benefited from the rehabilitation service. 76 children benefited from individual psychological sessions and 32 from group sessions. 22 leisure time activities were organized for kids.

Thank you for your contributions! Thank you for your support!

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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting seriously ill kids from Ukraine!

Today, I would like to tell you about Ilona. The girl got to know her diagnosis three years ago. It was an ordinary PT lesson. Ilona jumped with her classmates and suddenly felt something like an electric shock. The doctors thought that she just pulled her leg and prescribed heating it. The tumor began to grow even faster. The girl’s mom saw it and understood everything. All terrible suspicions were confirmed at the Cancer Institute in Kyiv. Three years of complex treatment: months in bed, in a sterile ward, without any opportunity to get up and go out. And then Ilona heard the word she was looking forward to – a remission.

However, it is not the end: Ilona has a temporary bone prosthesis that needs to be replaced with a new implant produced individually. Only in such a way she will be able to walk without limping, her spine will not get distorted and there will be no threat of the leg amputation. The price of this implant is about 60 000 dollars. We have raised this amount and the implant is ready to be inserted. Ilona has just returned rehabilitation camp in Germany organized by our friends and is preparing for the surgery. Then she will continue rehabilitation in Kyiv. Now she has everything she needs and her future will depend on her own willpower to do exercises, even painful ones. The disease taught Ilona to be persistent enough to overcome hardship.

From April till June of this year 30 children like Ilona received either necessary medicines or medical supplies or special bone prostheses. 27 children benefited from the rehabilitation service. 73 children benefited from individual psychological sessions and 29 from group sessions. 27 leisure time activities were organized for kids.

You can help these kids more by participating in Little by Little campaign. Just make a donation up to $50 starting at 09:00:00 ET on Monday, August 12 and it will be matched at 60%.

Thank you for your contributions! Thank you for your support!

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Andriy knows he
Andriy knows he's going home soon

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting seriously ill kids from Ukraine!

One of the hospitals in which we work is the Pediatric Department of Neurosurgery. In the beginning, we came there to help children hospitalized with brain tumors that received chemotherapy at the Institute of Cancer where we started our activities more than 10 years ago. There we met kids with other neurological diseases who needed help and we couldn’t leave them without support.

One of such kids is 10-year-old Andriy who had aneurysm rupture in the brain. When we saw the boy for the first time, he was lying in the bed without movements or reactions. At that time his family spent all their savings on treatment but it was only the beginning. The boy needed a special programmed system to be installed in the brain and very expensive antibiotics every day for two long months. The family was provided with everything required.  

At the same time, Zaporuka’s psychologist supported Andriy’s mom who needed to be calm and to give security to her son who was just starting to get better after surgery. When the boy could take a pencil in his hand again, he was drawing his safe place. It was his home. Can you imagine how happy Andriy was when the doctors signed his discharge papers? In his last day at the hospital, we danced and laughed together. And his mom was in seventh heaven that her son could dance.

From January till March of this year 32 children like Andriy received either necessary medicines or medical supplies or special bone prostheses. 25 children benefited from the rehabilitation service. 86 children benefited from individual psychological sessions and 47 from group sessions. 19 leisure time activities were organized for kids.

Thank you for your contributions. Your kind heart and generosity support these kids when they need it the most.  

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Ihnat and his family
Ihnat and his family

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer in 2018!

It’s time to share with you the results of Zaporuka Foundation activities in the previous year. 161 children affected by cancer received individual assistance: 138 kids received medicines, medical supplies, medical materials, etc. which were not provided by the state and 23 children underwent examinations or treatment abroad that were not available in Ukraine. 529 rehabilitation sessions and 852 psychological consultations were provided for children by Zaporuka specialists. 132 activities for kids were organized by Zaporuka volunteers.

Ihnat is our “old” beneficiary. Seven years ago the boy was in treatment for cervical sarcoma of the forearm. Then Ihnat lived at the Dacha with his mom, completed treatment and only returned for regular checkups. As we usually do, we remained in contact with the family, asked them about Ihnat’s school life and celebrated with them all positive medical test results.

Unfortunately, after seven years Ihnat got hospitalized again at the National Cancer Institute. This time the tumor affected the pelvic bone and the boy’s leg had to be amputated. Thanks to the continuous psychological support the boy and his family were prepared for such a traumatic surgery. Later on, Ihnat started rehabilitation sessions because he needed to learn to maintain balance and to prevent distortion of the spine.

Now Ihnat receives chemo and tries to lead as active life as possible. He knows all the new movies going in the cinemas and is always willing to go to an exhibition or any other cultural or educational event. His classmates call him regularly and send him posters of support. Ihnat is looking forward to the summer because it will be the end of treatment and he will be able to fly in the aero tube – that’s was a birthday gift from his mom.    

Ihnat and kids like him get help thanks to your contributions. We hope that you will be there for our kids in 2019 too.

Ihnat knows how to be happy
Ihnat knows how to be happy
Monika loves her parents
Monika loves her parents

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Today I would like to tell you about 11-year old Monika. Like it often happens, she got a correct diagnosis late. One day the girl got injured but pain passed quickly and the doctors didn’t pay much attention to it. Later complains were mistakenly attributed to viruses and other diseases. Eventually, a tumor was detected when the family went to Armenia to visit their relatives. Monika felt so much pain in the chest that they had to go to the hospital for an X-ray.

Immediately the family came back to Ukraine, to the National Cancer Institute. Here the diagnosis was made and the treatment was prescribed: a surgery to remove an affected part of the rib and chemo cycles. By that time, however, Monika couldn’t walk and had to stay in bed all the time. It was very hard for this active girl but, fortunately, there was a rehabilitation service at the hospital. It was launched by Zaporuka in 2009.

At the beginning, it was very painful for Monika even to put her socks on but she always said: “I would do it myself!” She was very determined to endure anything to be able to walk again. And thanks to many sessions with the physiotherapists, massages and exercises, now Monika can make her first steps with a walker. Her daddy to whom she is very close holds her, so that she could feel safe. At the same time, she receives chemotherapy as a result of which the tumor diminished significantly. The girl feels better and can have lessons with the teachers of the hospital school. She is curious and likes to learn something new.

Your donations make it possible for kids like Monika to get necessary medicines, medical materials, psychological support and rehabilitation. Thank you!

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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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