Vasia is 11 years old, and his dream is not a new smartphone but a pair of sneakers. Yes, just ordinary sneakers instead of orthopedic shoes that make his feet bleed. The difference between Vasia’s legs is almost 11 centimeters. That’s how much the guy "outgrew" a domestically produced endoprosthesis that he was installed in 2014. During this time, Vasia had a lot to go through: the first treatment at the Pediatric Department of the National Cancer Institute, going back to the hospital with a recurrence, surgeries for the removal of lung metastases, treatment in Poland, extension of the prosthesis. All this has produced results: oncology is defeated.
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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.
Cancer is a curable disease but the psychological state of children and their family members is of great importance for their recovery. A disease associated with prolonged treatment disrupts family life, requires changes in family roles and relationships, causes financial problems, destroys dreams and plans for the future. Often the label of an ill person frightens and distances relatives and friends. Parents feel confused, guilty and shameful. They blame for what has happened themselves and each other.
It is important for everyone to feel safe, to be able to hug their parents. Especially for children affected by cancer. They get this opportunity at the only center in Ukraine which is called Dacha. This is a unique center where children from all over Ukraine who had cancer or undergo treatment at the Cancer Institute are recovering and living with their families for free. And during the time of Dacha project implementation, we provided over 1 000 children with accommodation.
Every year more than 1,000 children in Ukraine are diagnosed with cancer. More than 5,000 children with cancer are officially registered this country.
Cancer is a curable disease but the psychological state is of great importance for recovery. A disease associated with prolonged treatment disrupts family life, requires changes in family roles and relationships, causes financial problems, destroys dreams and plans for the future.
Maksym is a 9th grade student. Like most guys of this age, Maks loves computer games and always keeps up with the news in the electronic world. The guy loves life and he tries to show us the beauty of life in the videos on his own YouTube channel. Unfortunately, there are less and less videos on his page now… After all, when you are tied to a dropper, it is difficult to find something interesting on the hospital walls. And his life is cut in half – by a terrible disease called cancer.
He dreams of a big remote-controlled tractor, loves to play with cars and to paint. But now Maksym is hospitalized at the Institute of Neurosurgery. He suffers from severe neck pain. The boy needs surgery because a bone spur has formed on the spine that presses on the spinal cord. Maksym is from a large rural family who is unable to provide everything necessary for his treatment, that’s why he won’t cope without our help.
Dima grew up and developed ahead of his peers. His mom began to think that his son might be a genius as he began to talk, to walk, to paint and to play active games very early. But one morning when Dima was almost three years old he couldn’t say a word. He stopped talking, eating, was afraid of water. The boy turned away from everything he loved. After lengthy examinations, the doctors diagnosed him with autism and later a brain tumor was detected.
Yurchyk was born healthy. Only a spot on the back alerted doctors, to the parents were advised to observe it. However, after six months the little boy stopped moving his legs. His mom went to a regional hospital and little Yurii was hospitalized to the intensive care with a purulent infection. But the boy’s condition was so grave that he was soon sent to the Institute of Neurosurgery. Complex treatment and surgery can only be performed in Kyiv but the family’s resources are very limited.
Aliona was born prematurely and couldn’t breathe on her own. Seven days on medical ventilator, brain hemorrhage, pneumonia, sepsis – and this is just a part of everything Aliona has had to endure since the first days of her life. But the doctors did not give up, and now the girl is at the Institute of Neurosurgery waiting for a surgery which should be the final stage of treatment. But the single mom has no way of providing everything she needs for her baby.
Bohdan is the youngest kid in a large family, has three older sisters. Although being the youngest, in his short life he had to pass a courage test. The serious disease doesn’t allow him to live an ordinary children’s life for two years: riding a bicycle or playing outdoor games. Instead of leisure time activities he has hospital, injections, surgery, severe complications of neuroblastoma therapy. During this time, little Bohdan grew up a lot. And he knows what the cost of life is. His life that is now on standby.