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.
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.
Yan just went to the first grade and did not even have time to get acquainted with all his classmates when he was diagnosed with shoulder bone cancer. Yan knows perfectly what his diagnosis means and that he needs long-term treatment. Yan also understands that his mom doesn’t have the money for treatment. The woman is a single parent, his father abandoned the family long ago and wasn’t interested in his son’s life. His son whose hand now has to be saved from amputation.
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."
Denys’ difficult treatment of neuroblastoma lasted a year and six months and then, thanks to the supporters at UBB, the boy underwent an obligatory MIBG scan in Italy. The examination revealed the remnants of the tumor which enabled the Ukrainian doctors to select the appropriate protocol. Denys has undergone surgery and radiation therapy and now receives supportive chemotherapy. And he again needs to go to Italy because the effectiveness of treatment can be confirmed only with the help of special iodine isotopes that, unfortunately, are not available in Ukraine.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Rodion was born healthy. And on the third day he had a brain hemorrhage – the boy turned blue and stopped breathing. He was given medical care and discharged home. Two weeks later, the parents noticed that the head was too big for his age. After urgent examination, it turned out that the patient had hydrocephalus – as a result of hemorrhage. Now the boy needs several surgeries but without our help, the parents cannot provide their baby with all the necessary medications.