Help cancer patients in Russia

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Help cancer patients in Russia
Help cancer patients in Russia
Help cancer patients in Russia
Help cancer patients in Russia
Help cancer patients in Russia
Celebration in Samara oncology clinic
Celebration in Samara oncology clinic

 

We are grateful to let you know that we continue providing support and conduct the same number of events as last year. Over the last 4 months we carried out 94 events including various master classes, yoga, dancing, art therapy and psychological support group sessions and were able to help 175 people. 

Of all events, 60 were done online, which allowed out patients from different towns, and even from oncology clinics, to join the events. Many of them became regular meetup groups by now such as yoga, club of books lovers, art and craft master classes, etc. 

As COVID restrictions were lifted, we started working with the oncology clinics again to promote the need and benefits of psychological support as well as the importance of the emotional state of the patient during the cancer treatment. We reconnected with oncology clinics in Yaroslavl and Voronezh, placed our posters and booklets there, and, moreover, started art master classes in the clinics.

We are happy to share several pictures from our offline events. It is very important for our recipients to be able to meet in person to get emotional support. Over summer we had an opportunity to do a lot of events outdoors to enjoy the good weather and good company. :)

We are truly humbled that one of our recipients wrote a poem for the Fund and we are thrilled to share a video with you that was recorded by our recipients using that poem. 

Thank you so much for your continuous support!! We would not be able to be where we are today without you!

Outdoor art class
Outdoor art class
Theater master class
Theater master class
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Walking with poles

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Art class online

The first 4 months have been quite challenging for our Fund and despite that, we were able to stabilize our activities and events to continue helping our recipients. We were able to double the growth in 2021 and conducted close to 300 events. Your support as always is highly valuable for making this happen. This year our recipients need help as always and we count on you to help us with the continuous operations. 

We stabilized a number of groups where our recipients meet weekly online to do yoga, discuss books, paint in art classes or learn to do makeup. All these groups meet regularly online every week and are open to new group members. We continue conducting new and creative master classes dedicated to styling, cooking, arts and crafts, and singing! Our recipients are in love with these types of master classes.

Our regional offices in Yaroslavl, Samara, Voronezh and Saint Petersburg started 2022 by carrying out a number of events. Saint Petersburg had 6 meetups dedicated to theater performances discussions (similar to our book fan club!). Voronezh had an exhibition, a photosession and participated in the Oncology Forum. The Moscow team started pottery classes for our recipients. Yaroslavl continued an amazing course for women who survived breast cancer called “I am a woman” focusing on physical rehabilitation. Finally, Samara office had a very active beginning of 2022 and conducted 23 events with main focus on physical rehabilitation - meditation, yoga, dancing. 

Moreover, it is of paramount importance to us to continue providing professional psychological help. Over the last 4 months we continued the work of our psychological support groups and continued providing individual consultations with psychologists, who volunteer their time to our Fund on pro bono. 

We are very grateful for your continuous support to our cause, which allows our Fund to continue the work, which is so important for thousands of people. 

Yoga online
Yoga online
Pottery classes in Moscow
Pottery classes in Moscow
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Culinary master class
Culinary master class

This year our results have shown that we doubled our growth and hosted more than 300 events in 2021 vs about 10 events in 2020. This was all possible thanks to you and your support! We are grateful from the bottom of our hearts. 

In the last quarter of 2021 we continued our psychological support groups and conducted 2 courses of art therapy, each consisting of 5 classes. Besides art courses, which are conducted by professional psychotherapists, we also had 9 art classes, where people gathered in an online format to paint together in a friendly atmosphere. Given the ongoing pandemic, having more online classes allowed us to provide more psychological support to our recipients. 

We had a number of new and creative master classes dedicated to cooking, makeup and styling. Our ladies loved those events. We were able to conduct 11 events over the course of 3 months and hope to have many more in 2022. Also, our club of books fans continued operating as well and had 9 sessions in the last 3 months of 2021. 

Our regional offices in Yaroslavl and Samara had a lot of great events. Samara team organized 6 yoga classes, which were followed by art classes. In addition, they had 3 dancing classes and a few cooking master classes. Yaroslavl organized an amazing course for women who survived breast cancer called “I am a woman” focusing on physical rehabilitation. As part of this course they had 10 sessions. We are very proud to moderate such an amazing events. 

Moreover, Yaroslavl State Department of Health had a meeting with government authorities about the importance of early cancer diagnosis. Our Fund was invited to participate in that discussion, which took place in October 2021. Such breakthroughs are very important to us as it allows us to fulfill our mission. 

We were able to conduct 3 photosessions in Moscow and were happy to share a few photos with this report. :)

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Photosession
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Art class
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Yoga class

We continue growing with your support and in the last three months we hosted close to 80 events and helped over 180 people. 

 

We are excited to share that in the last quarter we started a number of new and fun activities that stretch across different areas. For example, we conducted 16 sessions of vocal therapy, where our recipients express their emotions and feelings through singing. We started a club for movies and books fans where our recipients meet online to talk about different movies and books.  

 

Of course, we continue our work with online art therapy and psychological support groups. We completed the 4th art therapy course and continued with weekly psychological groups meetings over the last three months. 

 

Saratov city joined our geography and formed its community. By now they hosted 4 events: culinary classes and workshops with psychologists. Other major hubs of our Fund besides Moscow such as Yaroslavl, Samara, Voronezh, continue carrying out various offline events such as workshops with psychologists and oncology doctors, yoga classes, art therapy classes, etc. 

 

We also started growing the number of sport activities. We had swimming classes, yoga, and dancing classes. As part of that, we started having a number of offline classes, which makes everyone happy.

 

We were able to provide 67 individual consultations in the last 3 months thanks to the work of psychotherapists who provide their time on a pro bono basis. 

 

Our Fund continued growing in the last 3 months. Thank you all again for your help!! It all wouldn’t be possible without you!

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Art therapy_May 4

Although an unstable situation in the world persists, we continue growing the number of events available to our recipients online. Thanks to your support, we are able to grow despite challenging times. Over the last 3 months we were able to help approximately 150 people!

We launched two online groups for psychological support with our Lead Psychologist. Originally we were planning to have one group, but due to high demand, we created two groups. They started running on a bi-weekly basis from April 1st. We also continued our art therapy courses in 2021 and completed a second course consisting of 5 sessions in April. As we strive for continuous improvement, our art therapy psychologist renewed the program this year and now we call it “Art Therapy 2.0”. Additionally, we continue having online art classes with different instructors and had 7 classes over the last 3 months.

Moreover, our famous photo sessions are slowly coming back! We had 4 photo sessions across 3 different cities in Russia: Tomsk, Vologda, Belgorod, and Orehovo-Zuevo. Our branch in Samara has been very active in 2021 and conducted a number of different events supporting oncology patients including art therapy, yoga, and culinary master class.

As part of our educational and informational work we had 5 Instagram live chats with oncology doctors and psychologists. On average about 100 people join every live chat.

We were able to grow a lot in the last 5 months and we would love to be able to maintain this growth in order to help more oncology patients to go through these challenging times. Your support was an incredible help and we hope to continue sharing amazing results with you.

Photo session Tomsk
Photo session Tomsk
Photo session Tomsk
Photo session Tomsk
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