The coronavirus pandemic continues to severely impact on many people, including cancer patients. Coping with a diagnosis of cancer is difficult. The charitable organization “Foundation against leukemia” – which has recently been awarded a grant from the European Union - supports adult patients with oncology blood disorders. The grant helps the Foundation provide their care recipients with much needed personal protective items and maintain quality of their life.
“Our care recipients, adults with oncology blood disorders, are at risk,” explains Director of the Foundation Anastasia Kaflanova, “With the immune system weakened by the disease or its treatment, any infection, any virus – especially those that we do not know enough about, such as COVID-19, presents danger to them. Our task is to help them protect themselves while making sure that quality of their life remains intact. We are extremely glad that the grant pays the work of a coordinator of the Foundation who regularly visits our rented apartments where our care recipients from regions undertaking treatment in Moscow hospitals live, and brings them facemasks, gloves, overshoes, and antiseptics.”
With the grant, the Foundation against leukemia purchased diapers and hygiene products that were distributed by volunteers to patients at the National Medical Research Center for Hematology in Moscow. As of September, volunteers visit patients at the Center with a ‘cart of joy’ full of nice goodies, such as books, scanwords, games, and, of course, sweets that make the waiting time feel shorter. To provide physiological support to adults with oncology blood disorders, the Foundation organized in its social media a live chat with a psychologist on how to cope with anxiety. The on-line format made it possible for patients in isolation or from other Russian regions to join the chat.
“I visit our rented apartments not only to help our care recipients solve their daily or legal issues, but also to simply talk to them, to cheer them up. The mode of living between the hospital and the rented apartment leaves its mark on the state of mind. I understand that people simply need to socialize. And I always would bring something with me – a magazine, a coloring book, or a desert. Now, in addition to those, I bring them personal protective goods,” says Aneta Galina, charity programmes coordinator at the Foundation against leukemia.
The charitable organization “Foundation against leukemia” received a grant under the EU-funded action “EU solidarity with Russian civil society: assistance to elderly people and adults with disabilities” implemented by Charitable Foundation for Philanthropy Development CAF Russia. The action aims at helping elderly people and adults with disabilities in Russia to cope the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and its implications by supporting Russian civil society organizations. Apart from the EU, the key donor of the action, individual contributions were made by Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
(Photo courtesy of “Foundation against leukemia”)