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 so much for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer.

This 18-year-old guy you see in the picture is Kolia. His dream was to become a soccer player. He was a very dedicated player who worked very hard during training. But a year ago his world shattered. He felt pain and it seemed that he got injured. The guy lived in a small village where the doctors had limited medical equipment, so they suspected muscle pull and warmed it up. They didn’t know it was cancer and how bad it was to warm a tumor. When the correct diagnosis was made it was clear that his soccer career was over.

During a year of treatment Kolia had a surgery to remove the tumor, then chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Zaporuka Foundation helped the family all the time with medicines and medical supplies that were not available at the hospital. Kolia’s mother had to quit her job in order to be with her son and the father worked in the village and with his small salary he couldn’t afford to pay medical bills. When the guy returned home he tried to start a new life and to accept that he couldn’t play soccer any more. His family and friends supported him.

From time to time Kolia came to Kyiv for follow-up visits and he got free accommodation at the Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha operated by Zaporuka. Unfortunately, during one of such visits metastases in the lungs were detected and Kolia had to start chemotherapy all over again. It was a moment of personal crisis because Kolia’s girlfriend dumped him at the same time. The guy even wanted to let it go and to do nothing. His mom tried to persuade him. Also he spoke with Zaporuka’s psychologist and she found the right words for him. In spite of everything life is worth fighting for. Now Kolia has a new dream: to become a coach of a soccer team and to win with it. But first he has to win over his disease.

Thank you for helping us to help making dreams come true!

"My dream came true. I am leaving hospital"
"My dream came true. I am leaving hospital"
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Dear friends,

thank you so much for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer.

Today I would like to tell you a story of 9-year-old Illya who has not only two different types of cancer which happens very rarely but also whose access to treatment got complicated because of the war in the Eastern Ukraine as the boy’s family came from a small village near Stanytsia Luhanska which was practically  on the frontline and had been almost completely destroyed.

When Illya was just 4 months he was diagnosed with a tumor in the head: his eyes were affected.  Unfortunately, numerous therapies including chemotherapy and radiotherapy didn’t help to save the boy’s eyes. When he was two years old one of his eyes was removed and after two more years the second one. Since then Illya is blind. His family was learning to get used to their new life situation but then the war came to their home and their son was not feeling well again.

It was not easy for the family to get to the hospital from their village under fire and there they received bad news again. There was a new type of tumor in a different location, in the bladder, that happens very rarely. The doctors of the regional hospital help, that’s why they sent the child to Kyiv, to the National Institute of Cancer, for a diagnosis clarification and treatment. There Illya underwent a surgery and started chemotherapy.

Illya’s attending doctor informed our team that the family needed support. They suffered so much with the disease and the war and were both financially and emotionally exhausted. We purchased medical materials for surgery, painkillers, chemotherapy drugs that were not available at the hospital. Only now the news are circulating about the possible arrival of medicines from the state procurement but the hospital storehouses are still almost empty with bureaucratic procedures underway. But even when everything is completed only the most essential things will be available and all the rest children’s parents will have to buy.

Such kids as Illya also need psychological assistance very much. The boy got very scared by the unknown environment he couldn’t see and the psychologist had to find a special approach to him. She was with him together with his mother and when he got accustomed to her presence she accompanied him to medical procedures. As a result Illya opened up and was no more afraid of the hospital. Now the boy needs communication and learning and our tutoring center at the department started looking for a specially prepared volunteer who would teach him alternative orientation skills and Braille.

During the first three months of 2016 Zaporuka Foundation provided 53 children with medicines and medical materials, 81 children received psychological assistance and 16 children rehabilitation services. All kinds of leisure time activities were organized for them on a regular basis. Some of these children’s stories are similar to Illya’s, some are different but all of them have the same goal – to win over their terrible disease.

Thank you for your contributions! You make it possible!


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Dear friends,

thank you so much for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer in such a difficult moment for this country.  

The year of 2015 was tough for us for many reasons: war in the Eastern Ukraine, deep recession, devaluation of the Ukrainian currency. As a result the state could perform its functions even worse than before, that’s why organizations like Zaporuka had to substitute it. As the Ukrainian historian Yaroslav Hrytsak says, it’s true that Ukraine might be called a fragile state or even a failed state but the Ukrainian society is not failed, far from it, and thanks to its activities the country survives and has a future. Thus, because of lacks of public funds in the healthcare we have to perform the function of medicine and medical materials suppliers to the hospitals and directly to ill kids who need them.

Today I would like to tell you about the boy (in the picture) who serves as an inspiration for us. Zhenia is a 14-year-old boy who is hospitalized at the Institute of Cancer in Kyiv. He has been ill for almost a year. A malignant tumor affected his spine, to be exact his lumbar vertebrae. Because of the tumor location Zhenia cannot walk and the physiotherapists work with him to avoid muscle atrophy. At the same time the guy is fighting for his life: to prevent spreading of the tumor to the other bones of the skeleton he needs chemotherapy drugs. Chemotherapy treatment is always hard to endure but it is twice as hard when one cannot walk and is dependent on the other persons to take care of his basic needs, especially teenage guys who want to be strong men.

In such situations even adults may fall into depression. But it is not Zhenia’s case: this boy doesn’t give up! Although he can move around only in a wheelchair we purchased for him he is very active and sociable. When guests come to visit him he always smiles and jokes. Zhenia is very smart and can discuss lots of topics: books, movies, even politics. But his passion is programming. He doesn’t waste time at the hospital and even during painful therapies he tries to improve his skills learning in the internet. One of the games he programmed became quite successful. He would like to continue studying programming after the recovery.

Thanks to your donations guys like Zhenia get medicines, medical materials, psychological assistance and rehabilitation. With your help they have a better chance of recovering and living their life after the disease. Thank you very much for being a part of their stories!

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Dear friends,

thank you for supporting Ukrainian kids with cancer.  

A 10-year old girl you see in the pictures is hospitalized at the Institute of Cancer in Kyiv. Her name is Natasha and she comes from Kryvyi Rikh. When you get acquainted with the girl the first thing you notice are her beautiful and sincere eyes. You can imagine this girl dancing with a nice guy, her prince. But unfortunately it is impossible. She has a tumor in the leg: osteosarcoma.

Natasha has been receiving chemotherapy for a long time. It is required to kill cancer cells and to prevent them from spreading throughout her body. The girl’s mother stays always with her. She left two other children at home because her daughter needed her care and her support more at the moment. Still her kids miss her very much.  

Natasha’s family is low-income. They live in a small village where there is no employment, so they have to earn their living selling some orchard products and some eggs they get from their hens.  The family doesn’t have any savings to pay for treatment, the mother doesn’t work because of her daughter disease and what the father earns is enough only to maintain himself and two kids left with him at home.

Thanks to your donations we provided Natasha with necessary medicines and medical consumables that are not available at the department. Now the situation is critical in Ukraine, worse than before. Because of economic crisis, currency devaluation, war in the East the state provides only a limited quantity of the most essential drugs like chemotherapy and all the rest the parents have to buy.

Unfortunately, all the doctors’ efforts to save Natasha’s leg were vain. It has to be amputated, so that the girl could live. The psychologist from Zaporuka service at the department supports the girl, prepares her for such an important surgery and encourages fighting against the disease with all her strength.  After the surgery she will need physical rehabilitation that is also provided by Zaporuka.

Natasha’s dream was to have a tablet, a simple one that she could use during those long hours in bed on a drip. For most people it is a common thing to have a tablet but for a big family from little Ukrainian village it is a luxury they cannot afford. One of the volunteers coming to the hospital asked Natasha about her dream and thanks to her post in Facebook people made this dream come true.

Natasha will need a long treatment and rehabilitation but she is not alone with her disease. Thanks to your donations and your support Zaporuka can continue helping her family and many other families like hers.


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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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