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

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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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Now, in the situation of the global pandemic, kids with cancer need your support more than before. It’s not just the issue of personal protection equipment and coronavirus tests required for hospitalization but not provided in time by the state laboratories. It is also the issue of medicines that don't arrive from state procurement. Now we receive more and more requests from kids’ families to help with chemotherapy and other drugs.

That’s Emilia’s story. The girl felt a strong pain in the leg in February. The family doctor didn’t suspect a tumor and just prescribed pain killers. It didn’t help. Then the pandemic started and it was very hard for the girl to go from hospital to hospital, from doctor to doctor. It took several months to receive a correct diagnosis. When the girl eventually started cancer treatment, it turned out that the required chemotherapy, Ifosfamide, was not available at the hospital. It didn’t arrive from the state procurement. So, Emilia’s family had either to buy it or stop treatment. Thanks to your support, the girl received the chemotherapy and continued fighting for her life.  

However, physical rehabilitation and psychological support are no less important than medicines. 16-year-old Vika underwent two surgeries because she had a tumor on one leg and metastasis on the other. As a result, she needed much more time than other kids do to make the first step, firstly on crutches, and later on without them. It was hard for Vika to believe in herself and to trust the physiotherapists.  At that time, psychological support was crucial for her to find her inner strength. Now Vika walks quite smoothly and without crutches.

As of today, in 2020 you made it possible to help 315 children. Please, support this project on #GivingTuesday today, on December 1, so that kids had medicines, rehabilitation, psychological support, and other essential services in 2021.

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Slavik in the hospital
Slavik in the hospital

Thank you for supporting kids with cancer from Ukraine!

In the picture, you see a 15-year-old guy whose name is Slavik. As an active sportsman, he always had some minor injuries. That’s why his family wasn’t worried when his knee ached after a badminton game. However, the pain didn’t disappear, and after a series of examinations, a tumor was detected.

Slavik’s life changed in an instant. Before the disease, his life was high school and helping mom do household chores, victories in computer science contests and dreams of a career in software engineering, playing football and solo guitar with the local band. Just like any teenager.

Now Slavik is on treatment. As he is in the hospital in Ukraine, he and his parents couldn’t be sure that they would receive the necessary medication on time. It’s terrible when kids’ survival depends on expensive drugs you cannot afford to buy.

Fortunately, together you help Slavik and many kids like him. The guy will have the chemo drugs prescribed for him. He can continue treatment and make plans for the future.

Thank you for giving kids a chance to live and make their dreams come true!

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Ksenia is working hard to be able to walk again
Ksenia is working hard to be able to walk again

Dear friends,

thank you for helping Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Now, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and severe quarantine measures in Ukraine, kids continue receiving treatment. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy cannot be interrupted when children’s lives are at stake. We provide the hospitals with necessary protection: more than 1000 respirators and coats, more than 3000 gloves, more than 1900 liters of disinfectants. Also, when necessary, we purchase chemotherapy drugs when there are gaps in deliveries from the state procurement caused by the pandemic.

About ten years ago, when visitors and volunteers came to the pediatric oncology department in Kyiv for the first time, they were shocked to see so many kids without legs or arms. In that hospital, the most difficult cases of bone tumors were treated and at that time the only solution was amputation. Then the first innovation was introduced: endoprostheses, artificial devices used to replace cancer affected bones in order to preserve limbs. We remember the first endoprosthesis surgery here in Kyiv and the girl who received it is now a young adult who visits us from time to time.

At the end of the previous year, one more innovation was tested. In some cases, especially when the tumor is diagnosed at first stages, donor bone graft can replace the affected one. Instead of an artificial metal device in the leg, a kid gets a bone graft that will not require additional surgeries for extension and will grow together with their body. Of course, it’s much better for kids and last year the Ukrainian doctors learned this procedure and performed the first surgeries. However, now donor bone grafts are not provided by the state and for kids to get them they had to be bought.  

As of now, three of such surgeries have been performed. All three are successful. Ksenia is making her first steps during physiotherapy sessions. Maksym and Nazarii needed special constructions in addition to the bone and we provided them too. For Milena, we have ordered a bone graft and a required construction and she would have surgery in a few weeks.

With your support, Ukrainian kids can receive new methods of treatment and have a better life after cancer. Thank you!

P.S. In 2019, we did great things to help kids together. In the attachment, you can see our reporting in detail.

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Denys making his Christmas tree ball
Denys making his Christmas tree ball

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Together, we helped 449 kids in 2019 in Kyiv and Lviv hospitals either giving them medicines, medical supplies and medical services they needed or providing them with services such as physical rehabilitation sessions and psychological support.

One of these kids is 7-year-old Denys. We know this boy and his family for more than a year. Denys is like any other kid of his age. He adores to play videogames and to run with his peers in the yard. Unfortunately, he had to leave his friends at home again and to return to the hospital in Kyiv for treatment.

When the doctors prescribed him a special examination that is not available in Ukraine because of the lack of the equipment, we organized everything for him to go abroad, from securing plane tickets to paying for the medical procedure. Thanks to this exam, the treatment that Denys is receiving now is more precise. The boy has made new friends here in Kyiv and jokes and laughs with them, though some of his days are full of pain. That’s because kids find a way to enjoy childhood even at the hospital.

Like Denys, 25 kids went abroad for procedures not available in Ukraine in 2019. Thank you for making it possible!

We hope that you will be there for our kids in 2020 too.

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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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