Age: 6, 8, and 13 y.o.
Residence:Rostov region, Russia
Funds to raise: EUR 300 + EUR 200 per month
There are three children in the familly: Luka, 6 years old, bronchopulmonary diplegia; Vanya, 8 years old, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, optic nerve atrophy; Damir, 13 years old, asthma.
We have been helping this family for several years. However, now the mother and her three children are going through most difficult times. The father has left the family. The mother makes money by cleaning the common staircases in apartment blocks. She is not accepted for better jobs because of the little and sick children.
From the letter of the mother:
«Damir loves to draw and do computer science. Unfortunately, we do not have a good wired internet connection, I can’t afford this, as it comes close to my monthly income. And our old computer cannot connect to mobile internet.
Vanya and Luka dream of traveling to the parks. Previously, when I had a car (1982 Lada ), we drove with them to there: the nearest city is 55 km apart. But the car has outlived its age…
The boys dream of good toys and a bunk bed.
The situation is critical now. I can’t buy them the clothes since they grow quickly. All three are stripped: so terrible to write this. It is more or less fine with Vanya, at least he has a summer outfit and sandals. Luke and Damir wear what has been bought 3 years ago.
The mere nutrition is a problem. The children ask for milk or sweets, but I can’t afford this.»
Since last summer, the mother also has health problems. She often faints. She says she only holds on prayers.
The mother and her three children need about 200 euros per month for subsistence. This includes utility bills and food. For a wired internet connection and a bunk bed, EUR 300 is required for once.
Age: 19 y.o.
Residence: Vladimir region, Russia
Diagnosis: consequences of a traumatic brain injury
Needs: treatment in Spain
Funds to raise: EUR 1,200 per month
In 2015, Ilya was brutally beaten by five teenagers. As a result of his injuries and the absence of timely medical assistance, he fell into a coma. His last words were: “Mom, I am dying” … At the moment, Ilya does not talk, does not walk, cannot eat on his own. Due to the time lost, the consequences of the injury were more serious than they could have been. For 5 years now, parents have been fighting for the restoration of the basic skills of their son.
Ilya is in Spain now, for outpatient treatment at the Gutman Institute. The rehabilitation course at the institute is paid by a Russian charity fund. However, the funds are needed to pay for the apartment and purchase medicines, as well as for medical examinations by specialists.
This costs EUR 1200 per month.
Age: 21 y.o.
Diagnosis: central nervous system lesions, spastic tetraparesis
Needs: rehabilitation in Russia
Funds to raise: EUR 2,660
Nastya was born prematurely and has a whole bunch of various diagnoses. This does not prevent her from studying at a commerce college for the 3rd year, but makes a regular rehabilitation necessary. Since Nastya is already an adult, all charity funds refuse her. She and her mother have nobody to help. Yet without rehabilitation, the spasticity builds up, and her body does obey.
Nastya needs to undergo a rehabilitation course at the “Academician” Center for Rehabilitation in Moscow at least once a year.
This costs EUR 2,660.
Age: 1 y.o.
Residence: Minsk, Belarus
Diagnosis: nephroblastoma stage III
Needs: treatment in Germany
Funds to raise: EUR 90,000
In July 2019, a child was diagnosed with a tumor of the left kidney. The doctors at the oncological hospital could not help with this. Kostya had to go to a German clinic. Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch has responded and agreed to accept Kostya for the treatment. The family managed to collect the initial funds on their own. Yet it turned out that back in June 2019 Kostya has underwent a bad quality surgery. Because of this, the disease must be treated differently. The invoice for the continuation of treatment amounts to EUR 90,000.
Age: 10 y.o.
Diagnosis: pituitary dwarfism
Needs: Proper medication
Funds to raise: EUR 6,850
This is a rare disease whereby the pituitary gland does not produce the corresponding growth hormone. This leads to a delay in physical development and insufficient size of internal organs, which affects the functioning of the whole organism and the quality of life.
The artificial hormone replacement therapy is required. Sasha still has time to change his growth pattern and become a full-fledged man. Yet the time expires day by day.
In order not to remain in the child body till the end of life, Sasha needs EUR 6,850 euros for the proper medication.