In a month Sasha lost more than fifteen kilograms. It was caused by the tumor in the boy’s neck and then he almost couldn’t swallow. The doctors plan to perform an operation but so far the boy needs to gain strength. Sasha’s mother is in despair. She is looking for all the possible resources to buy the necessary materials for her son’s surgery.
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.
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.
Due to the severe pain, Ania doesn’t attend a medical college. The girl dreams of becoming a pharmacist and helping people get high-quality and effective medication. But now she needs our help. Ania was prescribed Xgeva, a targeted anti-tumor therapy aimed at changing the molecular mechanism of the cell. For Ania, this is the only chance to survive. But this chance costs more than 80 000 UAH! For the family living in a small village in the Odessa region such an amount is even hard to imagine.
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.
For almost a year, Matviy was at the hospital with neuroblastoma: chemotherapies, surgery, stem cell transplantation. Every time his test results allowed, the boy asked his parents one thing: “Let’s go to the airport! I want so much to watch the airplanes!” And now, when the treatment protocol is complete, Matviy himself has to board a plane and go to Italy for MIBG scan. Unfortunately, such an examination is not performed in Ukraine because of the lack of special isotopes. The price is 522 euros, 17 000 UAH, but the family no longer has money to pay for it.
"I am not a boy! I am a girl – Tania!". In the yard, at the playground 4-year-old Tania gets acquainted with a new friend and explains to them why she doesn’t have hair. For more than a year she has been treated for an aggressive form of cancer – 4 stage neuroblastoma. Before like all the other girls she had her hair braided or her mom made her a ponytail. It was not necessary to persuade her to go to the kindergarten, sociable Tania loves to be with other kids. But lately her circle of friends is constantly changing, instead of the kindergarten, she has to be at the hospital. In Poltava and in Kyiv. There she made friends too but they died...
"I want to prove that it is possible to win!".
Oleg Solovey, businessman, and father of two daughters will cover IRONMAN 140.6 distance for the first time in Hamburg on July 29th. For his 45th birthday, the participant of IronHelp project chose this super challenge – to cover without interruptions the 3.9 km swim, the 180,2 km bike ride and the 42,2 km marathon run. The start for which Oleg was preparing for more than two years he will dedicate to Roma. The boy was born with hemorrhage and hydrocephalus.
Little Maria did not choose where and how to be born. And she did not choose her parents but they made their choice. The girl has congenital hydrocephalus, and the "defective" child was abandoned at the hospital. For seven months Maria was under the supervision of the local doctors. The patient is sent to the Institute of Neurosurgery to install a shunt system but there are no required medical materials at the hospital. The girl can count only on our support.
Do you remember Romchyk? Look how big he is! A year ago, we managed to help the boy with medicines for surgery and further treatment. Roma was discharged home. All year long his parents were engaged in the boy’s rehabilitation. He had to learn everything from the beginning – to speak, to sit, to interact. In less than a year the boy made his first steps. The recovery process cannot be interrupted but now the parents are in a difficult situation and cannot afford to pay the next treatment course.