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 seriously ill children from Ukraine.

Unfortunately, the problem of the shortage of drugs and medical supplies in the Ukrainian hospitals has not been solved yet. The medical reform still has to be approved by the Parliament. There are public discussions and protests but even if the reform is approved today as many people aspire it will take time to implement it. Meanwhile, with your support, we do our best to help kids who cannot wait and need treatment NOW. We pay special attention to the most vulnerable patients. They are orphans, children abandoned by their parents, children from single parent families, children who have recurrences and others.

For example, we help kids like little Stas. His parents abandoned him. The boy has been livening with his granny since birth. When Stas fell ill and got hospitalized, at the beginning the doctors couldn’t even start treatment because his granny didn’t have custody of him and couldn’t give permission to perform necessary medical procedures. The elderly woman who didn’t get any support from Stas’s parents had to go to court in order to get custodial rights and at the same time she had to look for expensive medicines that were not available at the hospital. She asked us to help them and we purchased everything the boy needed for treatment. Now Stas feels better and his granny received full custody of him.

Without your support such families like Stas and his granny would have to deal with hardships alone. 

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Dear friends,

we fulfill our promise and share Zaporuka Foundation infographic annual report with you. Please, see the attachment to find out what we did together in 2016 to help seriously ill kids.

In the first quarter of 2017, from January till March, we provided 28 children from low-income with individual assistance. We purchased medicines, medical materials and enteral feeding for them.

No family is ready for their child being seriously ill. However, in Ukraine it is especially hard because often the hospitals don’t have essential things. And an average monthly salary here is about 250 dollars, so the family just cannot afford to buy everything that is required, especially when it is urgent.

Little Emilia’s story is an example. Everything happened very quickly. Her parents noticed that something was wrong, that there was a swelling in her belly that was constantly growing. After the consultations in the local hospital, the girl was sent to the Cancer Institute in Kyiv. Her condition was grave, that’s why the doctors scheduled a surgery immediately. And Emilia’s parents received a long list of required materials for that surgery. When the parents saw that list and the prices, they were shocked. They didn’t have time to earn the necessary amount of money because the surgery was urgent and the girl’s chance for life depended on it. The family was shocked and desperate.

Thanks to people’s donations we have emergency funds that we can use immediately and provide low-income families with what they need. So, we bought medicines and medical materials for Emilia. The operation was very complicated and lasted 6 hours. Now Emilia feels better. She has received biopsy results and is preparing for further treatment. Fortunately, most chemotherapy drugs are available in the hospitals and parents have to buy only additional drugs like antifungal ones and consumables like syringes or plasters… 

Thank you for helping us to help Ukrainian families in difficult life situations! Your contributions give their kids chance for life.

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Dear friends,

Zaporuka Foundation team thanks you for being with us in 2016 and we hope that you will be with us in 2017.

With your help, we continue helping little patients of the National Institute of Cancer and the Pediatric Department of Neurosurgery in Kyiv as well as the Western Ukrainian Pediatric Medical Center in Lviv.

We are preparing our complete annual report including all the information about Zaporuka Foundation activities in 2016 that we will send to you as soon as it is ready. And today we share with you some important facts from our report in progress. Thus, last year we provided 195 kids from all over Ukraine with individual assistance: medicines, medical consumables, implants, prostheses and other essential things. Without people’s donations, these children couldn’t receive necessary treatment.

For example, 3-year-old Sofia had a recurrent tumor. Her parents who had spent all their savings paying for their daughter’s treatment for the first time could barely find money to come to the hospital in Kyiv from a remote village for the second time. Sofia needed an urgent surgery and her parents had to buy all the necessary medicines and medical materials that were not available at the hospital. They didn’t have the money to buy anything but the girl did have a surgery because we could provide her with everything that was needed thanks to your donations. Now little Sofia feels better, sometimes she even shows visitors her surgery scars saying that it has to be disinfected. She continues treatment and her family is sure that she will get well.

Also, we are very proud of the fact that we managed to bring to Ukraine the antitumor antibiotic Cosmegen that is included into modern treatment protocols but is not registered in Ukraine and therefore cannot be sold in Ukraine legally. Before children’s parents had to buy the medicines of dubious quality on the black market. Now all children who need this drug receive it for free at the hospital.  It’s one of the projects that makes difference.

Zaporuka Foundation is very grateful for each of your donation that helps us to help these kids. We plan to continue all of our activities: individual assistance, purchase of medical equipment, psychological support, rehabilitation service, leisure time activities. 

Our motto is sharing the love. We are sharing love with kids and we are doing it together with you.

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Dear friends,

thank you so much for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer.

The saying goes that misfortunes never come singly. 15-year-old Vadym was born with cerebral palsy but his parents took good care of him and he never felt inferior. He went to an ordinary school and did all the tasks like other children. He was a good pupil. The only things that made him different from the others were problems with his feet and slow speech. However, he learnt to live with his condition and to be successful. He was happy but one day everything changed.

Vadym’s mom started worrying because her son didn’t grow up as it was expected in his age. When they went to the doctor the boy was diagnosed with hormonal problems and was prescribed with a lot of medicines. As his mother said, Vadym had to take a handful of medicines every day. But six months passed and there was no result. Moreover, the boy started feeling weak and drowsy, his eyesight deteriorated.

Vadym was hospitalized after he had convulsions. Only then he heard a terrible diagnosis: a brain tumor. The boy who hadn’t given up because of inborn cerebral palsy wasn’t going to give up even when the second diseases attacked him. But treatment requires a lot of resources and the hospitals in Ukraine almost never provide everything that is necessary. Zaporuka helped with medicines and medical materials that were not available. Vadym underwent a surgery to remove the tumor at the Institute of Neurosurgery in Kyiv. Thanks to your support Vadym can continue fighting for his life.  

From July to September Zaporuka Foundation helped 45 children like Vadym. You can see them following the link. All these kids wouldn’t be able to continue treatment without other people’s support.

Thank you so much for your generous contributions!

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Karima and her painting
Karima and her painting

Dear friends,

thank you so much for supporting seriously ill children from Ukraine.

Unfortunately, here there are a lot of kids who need your help. They need your help even if they have both parents who are ready to do anything, so that their kids could receive the best treatment available.  However, there are children like Karima. Her father left the family many years ago and forgot about his daughter. Her mother is seriously ill and cannot take care of her daughter. The girl can count only on her retired grandmother who receives a very small Ukrainian pension.  

One day Karima lost consciousness. It lasted only a few seconds but repeated more than once. The girl went to the local hospital for examinations and a brain tumor was detected. The family that suffered so much had to deal with another tragedy.

As it often happens provincial doctors didn’t suggest any treatment. For them cancer is a death sentence. However, the family didn’t give up. They went to Kyiv, to the capital, and found a doctor who prescribed a therapy. It helped to overcome certain symptoms but it was not enough. That’s why Karima was hospitalized at the Institute of Neurosurgery where she underwent a surgery to remove the tumor. We provided the girl with necessary medicines and medical materials.

Karima is very talented. She plays the pipe and other musical instruments and likes to paint. She joined our project Art Healing Power in the context of which kids made paintings with the help of a volunteer artist and sold their works at charity auctions to earn some money for treatment and toys.

Now Karima continues post-operative rehabilitation. The doctors’ prognosis is optimistic. The girl will be able to get back to normal life quite soon. 

Thank you for your contributions! Without the help of the others such kids like Karima who cannot rely on their parents wouldn’t have a chance.

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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

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