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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
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!

It's always hard to make the first step
It's always hard to make the first step
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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

When a family comes to the hospital for the first time and their kid receives a cancer diagnosis, it’s terrible because they don’t know anything. When they come to the hospital for the second time and a recurrence is detected, it’s even more terrible because they know too much.  That’s what happened to 6-year-old Bohdan. It was a shock for the boy and his family that they had to start everything all over again: biopsy, chemo cycles, surgery and unbearable feeling of uncertainty about the future. Does he have a future?

What can support in such a moment is a dream. Bohdan’s dream was to have a dog. In his condition the boy was not allowed to have animals around because of possible infection or allergy but he knew that he had to endure all the medical therapies and his dream would come true. That’s what his parents promised him. And that was his motivation not to give up and to follow all the doctors’ recommendations even if it was something very-very painful. For such procedures Zaporuka introduced a courage box to the hospital. The nurses give small gifts to kids after injections or dressings for being courageous. Bohdan was especially happy when he got a toy dog.

The treatment was long and complicated. Even when there were no chemotherapy drugs in the hospital (unfortunately, there are periods when it happens), the boy was never late for his cycles – thanks to people’s donations we could buy everything required in time. Bohdan was looking forward to his last chemo and then when the positive results of CT scan arrived, volunteers presented him with a beautiful puppy. There are no words in the world that can describe the boy’s emotions!

Bohdan got well, he had the puppy of his dreams and he could go home. Thank you for your contributions that make it possible!

Bohdan and his mom at master class
Bohdan and his mom at master class
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So many stories in 10 years
So many stories in 10 years

Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer!

Now our team is celebrating 10th anniversary of Zaporuka Foundation. It is time to look back and to see what we have accomplished. We would like to share it with you.

During this time we helped more 2000 kids with cancer providing them with medicines and therapies for the total amount of more than 3 million dollars. More than 300 000 dollars were used to purchase medical equipment for pediatric departments of the hospitals in Ukraine.  About 190 000 dollars were used to renovate the departments. 

In 10 years our psychologists provided 7000 parents and 3000 children with psychological support sessions. Our physiotherapists provided 300 children with rehabilitation sessions. More than 250 teenagers from all over Ukraine participated in our camps for cancer survivors. More than 1600 doctors participated in seminars about early cancer symptoms in the context of our Program Early Detection of Childhood Cancer.

In these numbers there are many stories of kids who live, grow up and from time to time come to visit us. There are stories of those who sadly didn’t make it. We know that we cannot save everyone. But what really matters is that we can give chance to everyone.

When Lera that you see in the picture came to the doctor for a diagnosis, she was told: “The tumor affected a large part of the bone. You have two months left to live”. But Lera didn’t give up and with the support of many people she got her chance and survived. She has a bone prosthesis in her leg but thanks to hours of hard work with the physiotherapist it’s not a problem.

That’s our motivation to continue doing what we do. And without you it would be impossible. Thank you!

Beautiful Lera
Beautiful Lera
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Serhii
Serhii

Dear friends,

thank you for helping kids affected by cancer from Ukraine in 2017!

It’s time to share with you the results of Zaporuka Foundation activities in the previous year. 154 children affected by cancer received individual assistance, that is medicines, medical supplies, examinations which are not provided by the state. 20 children received examinations or treatment abroad that were not available in Ukraine. 830 rehabilitation sessions and 289 psychological consultations were provided for children by our specialists. For more information about all our activities, please, see the infographics in attachment.

Serhii, the boy you see in the picture, is one of these 154 children. He comes from a low-income Ukrainian family that was shocked by a diagnosis of cancer. As the boy’s mom Katia says: “Serhii is my late son. He was born when I and my husband were losing hope to have kids. We devoted ourselves completely to raising our son. He was healthy, almost never caught a cold, so we couldn’t imagine such a terrible diagnosis as cancer. It was devastating!”

Serhii’s parents cannot afford to buy all the medicines and the supplies that are not available at the hospital. And Zaporuka Foundation takes care of the family providing the boy with everything required for treatment. As Serhii has a tumor in the bone, he also needs rehabilitation to be able to walk after the surgery. Working with our physiotherapist motivates Serhii a lot because he sees how his efforts result in progress.

This 13-year old boy is very curious and cheerful. He made a lot of friends at the hospital. He likes to spend time with his peers from other wards. Even when he is receiving chemo and feels bad, he jokes about it and tries to find a distraction watching his favorite horror movies. He doesn’t give up and continues fighting for his life. His positive attitude is his strength.

Serhii and many kids like him get help thanks to your contributions. We hope that you will be there for these kids in 2018 too.

P.S. You can support these kids participating in the Little by Little Matching Campaign (April 9 - 13th)! During this week, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. Also there will be an additional 100% match on recurring donations. Thank you!


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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting seriously ill children from Ukraine together with Zaporuka in 2017. We hope you will be with us in 2018 too. 

This year was not easy for us because medicines and medical materials from the state procurement arrived not regularly and there were periods when the selection of medications available at the hospital was quite limited. The families of children with cancer had either to buy them if they could or to ask for help. And we did our best to help them. Some medical procedures were not performed in Ukraine because of the lack of necessary equipment and in such a case the families had to go abroad for treatment and to pay for it. We helped them too.

Zaporuka also provides services such as psychological assistance and rehabilitation. I would like to tell you more about rehabilitation. This service for children affected by cancer didn’t exist in the healthcare system inherited from the Soviet Union. Childhood cancer was considered incurable. It is not true because in the case of childhood cancers the survival rates are more than 60 percent, so there are a lot of survivors who need rehabilitation to recover and to return to normal life. In 2009 Zaporuka Foundation launched the rehabilitation service for the first time in Ukraine. And since then it exists thanks to donations.

Every year up to 50 kids hospitalized at the National Cancer Institute in Kyiv are prescribed with rehabilitation. Mostly these kids have tumors in the limbs and need rehabilitation following surgeries aimed at inserting the endoprosthesis (bone prosthesis). Also kids who have amputations may need rehabilitation to help in preparing the stump for the prosthesis but, fortunately, nowadays in most cases doctors can save limbs.  Like, for example, Vadym’s leg was saved with the help of endoprosthesis that Zaporuka helped to purchase. Then the boy started rehabilitation with massages and exercises in order to be able to walk again. Or Ksenia that you can see working in the picture: after surgery her knee joint and her foot don’t function properly but the girl is very motivated and is ready to experience pain in order to get better results.

In all cases rehabilitation must be individual and with great attention to the condition caused by the oncological disease, so it is very important that our team has so much experience accumulated during the years of working with these patients. Your support means the continuation of this project and of the whole program helping children affected by cancer in Ukraine implemented by Zaporuka starting from 2008.

Thank you! Happy New Year!

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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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