Easter is a holiday of victory of good over evil. So, the kids who are now at the hospitals are fighting against the insidious disease for their lives. Treatment is not interrupted on holidays, and not everyone can go home. Traditionally, each family prepares an Easter basket and a delicious table. One cannot do it in the hospital, and the families have other issues to take care of. However, it would be great to create an atmosphere of a bright holiday in each patient’s room for these days!
CF "Zaporuka"03022, Київ, вул. Васильківська, 30
Zaporuka Foundation has been supporting since 2008 families of children with cancer hospitalized at the National Institute of Cancer, at the Pediatric Department of the Romodanov Institute of Neurosurgery and at the Department of Hematology and Intensive Chemotherapy of the Western Ukrainian Pediatric Specialized Medical Center in Lviv. Zaporuka has organized and continue funding psychological service for the patients of these hospitals as well as rehabilitation service and has opened the Center Dacha providing accommodation for children affected by cancer. The Foundation has awards for contribution to the development of medicine and Philanthropist of the Year 2010.
Just a week ago Vika was going out dancing, attending courses, planning her birthday party and just dreaming about the future. And now the girl is in intensive care, and the doctors are fighting for her life. Vika has a brain tumor that has caused a stroke. Surgery needs to be performed but firstly the effects of hemorrhage have to be removed. The parents cannot afford to buy all the necessary medicines and medical supplies, so they beg for help.
Karina’s successful surgery depends on a small part. In a week the girl needs to have an endoprosthesis inserted – an implant that will substitute the affected bone. The prosthesis is available at the National Cancer Institute. However, there is no special screw to attach it to the bone. This screw is individual and not included in the standard set. The cost of the part is more than 35 000 UAH.
Little Sasha spent half of his life fighting for it. He had been fighting to live and not to know pain and suffering. The tumor affected several organs, as well as bones. At the Cancer Institute, the boy had a complicated surgery. And now he needs to know: what’s next? The treatment will continue but according to which protocol? For the doctors to be able to make a decision, the MIBG scan is required. That’s the only informative examination in case of neuroblastoma. The Italian Clinic in Bergamo is ready to accept the child on April 17th; the price is 522 euros. But the young family who has been on treatment with their son for almost a year does not have this amount.
For every person, it is important to feel safe, to be able to cuddle up with loved ones. That’s especially true for children with cancer. They can do it at the Center Dacha, the only one in Ukraine. For 9 years Dacha has been giving its residents happy childhood memories and has been helping to overcome a serious disease. Dacha’s lobby is decorated with a symbolic tree of life on which every leaf is a warm reminiscence of all the house guests. And with every year there are more and more of such leaves.
Andriiko was urgently operated on at the Institute of Neurosurgery. Thanks to the kind-hearted people, we managed to raise funds on UBB and provide the boy with necessary medicines. The doctors did their best to put Andriiko on his feet but they didn’t succeed in removing high cranial pressure. A shunt system is required and the family has to ask for help again.
Artem is a smart, curious and bright boy. And now he is in the intensive care and badly needs expensive treatment. His mother is near him all the time. His dad, brother and sister, hamster, parrot, and rabbits are waiting for him at home. When Artem grows up, he will definitely become an "animal doctor". But right now it is him who needs treatment.
Olena Mozgova, Ukrainian producer and active volunteer of Charitable Foundation "Zaporuka":
"Let the house be warm, the loved ones are close, the relatives be healthy and our hearts be calm. That’s all what’s really needed for happiness, and I know its price well. On February 9th, I have a birthday, and I will be a little happier if those who now need it more than me will be happier."
The family was preparing for Christmas dinner when suddenly little Andrii felt sick. Then he had a severe headache and lost consciousness. The celebration was spoilt. He was taken by the ambulance, got to the intensive care and eventually there was a terrible diagnosis of aneurysm rupture in the brain. The boy was stabilized and sent to the Institute of Neurosurgery in the capital. There Andrii was operated on and after it, he needed expensive drugs. Unfortunately, the family has no more money to buy the necessary medication.
His first steps Bohdanchik made with the dropper. The boy was not even a year old when he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor – neuroblastoma. Since then, his childhood has moved to the hospital and the struggle for a little life has begun. Thanks to the funds raised on UBB, after completing the main protocol the boy had an MIBG scan. The Italian specialists noted that there were no live neuroblastoma cells but a positive result should be consolidated. The Ukrainian doctors performed prescribed high-dose chemotherapy. And now the question is open again: has the disease retreated? The only opportunity to get an answer is MIBG examination that is not available in Ukraine due to the lack of the necessary isotope.