"Your child has an interesting form of the head…", heard the parents on a routine visit to the neuropathologist. After a thorough examination, it turned out that the little Vladyslava needed an urgent surgery. The bones of her head do not grow, so there is no room for the brain to grow. This can lead to irreversible consequences. The parents took all their savings and arrived at a medical facility but this money was not enough. The price for special implants is more than 70 000 UAH which is an unreal amount for the family.
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.
Nastia is one of the twins. Unfortunately, her sister died immediately after birth because her lungs did not open. And Little Anastasia was transferred to an intensive care. There the doctors were fighting for her life around the clock. The girl had a hemorrhage in the brain and as a result, a hydrocephaly appeared. To eliminate it, the doctors installed a shunt system, then an infection emerged and it had to be replaced. Now one more surgery is required because the girl cannot live without a shunt. And she has to live for two – for herself and for her sister.
The air smells of tangerines and Christmas tree, on everyone’s lips there are “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way ...”, the fuss of the New Year will soon begin. Magical time. But not for all adults and children. The New Year - it's time for dreams to come true. Children with oncological diseases and their parents, who spend all their time in hospitals or queuing for medicines, simply do not have the opportunity to make and give real children's happiness to their children. And gifts for sick children are an opportunity to forget about their pain, even for a while.
Each of us is a little Saint Nicholas, because fulfilling the dreams of others is easier than it seems. You can, for example, visit the first Christmas market in the city - the Christmas flea market Kurazh Bazar is waiting for guests on December 8-9. Here you can buy gifts and New Year's décor, drink as much flavored m
Yehor loves to build with construction toys. He doesn’t accept the proposed schemes but uses his imagination to design new unusual buildings. He wants to become an architect and to implement his own models in the life of cities. However, now Yehor needs a reconstruction for him, that’s replacing the affected bone with an endoprosthesis. Only this procedure can save the leg of the future architect. However, if one can substitute a piece from the construction toy quite easily and inexpensively, it’s not the same in real life.
Nastia is an ordinary three-year-old girl who likes to play with dolls and listen to fairy tales about princesses. But, unlike her peers, Nastia also knows what cancer is. For over a year, the girl undergoes treatment for neuroblastoma. During this time, she has already received six cycles of chemotherapy, has undergone a renal removal surgery, two cycles of high-dose chemo with bone marrow transplantation. Nastia knows what pain is and what the doctor’s words "low blood cell count" means. It means that she cannot go anywhere but she has to stay in her room all the time and take new injections or pills... This is her childhood.
Arinka, aged 5, often smiles and even when she receives a puncture she endures pain without crying. The child is in the hospital since she was two years old and does not remember another life. The tumor affected the spine and she stopped walking. The treatment was complicated and seemed to be successful. But when the child just started learning to walk again, a recurrence was detected. Now a whole set of chemotherapy drugs for the amount of 60 000 UAH are required. All the time the family tried to deal with the situation on their own turning to relatives, friends and through social networks. But now without our support, they cannot cope.
This tiny girl easily fits on two men’s palms. Nadia is only 10 days old and she needs urgent surgery. That’s because in her entire back she has a terrible wound. This is an inborn defect that is simply called hernia. She has to be removed surgically as soon as possible. But parents do not have enough money to buy everything that is necessary.
Little Mykytka has already started to forget about the hospital. Almost all the time the boy spends with his little brother who was born right after he completed treatment. That treatment was long and complicated – with numerous chemotherapies and bone marrow transplantation. Together with you, we helped the family twice at the UBB: raised funds for medicines, as well as the first MIBG scan. Then everything was fine, but, according to the international protocol, he needs one more examination, the last one. The family with a little baby and after exhausting treatment cannot cope without our support.
This year Yaroslav went to school for the first time. However, he has his classes at home and not with his peers. It is necessary to reduce the risk of infection. Yaroslav survived complicated cancer treatment of neuroblastoma. He survived it twice because the doctors detected recurrence and he had to undergo bone marrow transplantation. Yasak's passed his childhood on a hospital bed with painful needles in the veins, and now the boy wanted to catch up: to ride a bike, to go for a picnic with mom and dad, to play on the playground.