On my birthday last year, I asked my friends, colleagues, and everyone, who wanted to congratulate me, not to send me any gifts. Instead, we raised almost 80 000 UAH for construction of the Center for Children Affected by Cancer Dacha. A year before that, I visited the center to get acquainted, and I realized that I couldn’t stand aside.
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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 Dieslovo Charity Store is the first charity bookstore in Ukraine. The bookstore was founded 5 years ago by the volunteers who wanted to give to charity and promoted reasonable consumption. During this time, the initiative raised more than 350,000 UAH to help those in need.
Children with cancer are at risk of coronavirus infection and need double protection. Because of the pandemic, the need for sterility and protection for little cancer patients and their doctors has increased tenfold. Health systems around the world were not prepared for the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially fragile ones like Ukrainian.
Childhood cancer is a curable disease but recovery depends not only on the doctors’ skills or the availability of drugs. Equipment that provides timely diagnosis and continuous monitoring is equally crucial. Unfortunately, new technologies arrive to the Ukrainian hospitals very late, and the doctors have to squeeze the last forces out of devices that have long been unable to function at full capacity.
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, which for the period of treatment becomes for children and their relatives their second home. Over the past 11 years, Dacha has given its warmth to more than 1,100 families who have faught the disease together. The Dacha exists because of us, many, many people united for a good cause.
This is not the first time when Viktoria fought for her life. At the beginning of the war, her family was forced to leave their home that became a frontline zone. At the time, it seemed the most enormous grief, but no… A few years later, the only daughter of loving parents was diagnosed with a terrible disease – bone cancer. And again, it is necessary to fight for life when the enemy kills from the inside.
It’s vital for Maksym to continue treatment. Despite the worldwide quarantine and all the other troubles around, he shouldn’t give up. Thanks to the funds raised at UBB, the boy has completed more than one course according to the protocol, which includes metronomic chemotherapy and the targeted drug Avastin.
Being a mom of a cancer patient is the highest degree of heroism. Every day, they fight desperately against the invincible enemy. Their lives is full of IVs, punctures, test results, and desperate looks of their kids who have just begun to live when they are already in mortal danger. They need to stand firm: you mustn’t cry not to frighten the child, you mustn’t be happy not to bring bad luck. They often want to get sick instead of their children and even die. To live such a life is unbearable.
The girl with the beautiful name Milena is looking at spring through the window of the Cancer Institute ward. During quarantine, she cannot even go out to breathe fresh air even for a few minutes. The virus for weakened immunity can be deadly. However, even without quarantine, the doctors do not allow to go out for a long time: it is forbidden to overload the leg affected by a malignant tumor.
Now Anatolii is in complete isolation in a sterile ward. It did not happen because of the killer virus, it is one of the treatment stages of the killer disease (that’s even deadlier!), Ewing sarcoma. Chemotherapy reduced the tumor to a minimum, now there would be autotransplantation, then antibiotic therapy. Strong and highly effective antibiotic is required. The cost of one such cycle is about 40 000 UAH. For a large family, this amount is overwhelming but other available antibiotics, unfortunately, are not working.