If you were to meet Ninka in the street, the talkative little girl would capture your heart straight away. You cannot tell at first glance that she has been battling leukemia for the past five years. She has spent two years in an oncology ward undergoing chemotherapy and fighting infections and septicemia. “That time was a financial disaster for us. I had no income, and the expenses were staggering − drugs, vitamins, my stay at the hospital. And when we came back from the hospital, we spent a lot of money on regular trips to the hospital for check-ups,” Ninka’s mother says.
While Ninka managed to win her battle with cancer, the illness returned after a year, and the same worries came back with it. Last year, Ninka received a bone marrow transplant. She feels good now, and her results are great. Thanks to regular contributions from Good Angels, the family got through this difficult period and believes there will be fewer and fewer visits to the doctors.
Leukemia caught up with Vladko just before Christmas 2008. The previously easy going and healthy boy suddenly found himself on a rollercoaster ride of tests and chemotherapy. His mother had to leave her younger son, Vladko, then only a year old, with his dad, so that she could stay in hospital with Vladko. When possible, the divided family would try to spend some time together. A large portion of their small income was therefore spent on fuel. Today, when Vladko is back home and goes for regular checkups, the family still faces another heavy blow.
Cancer has even hit the father, 35-year old Vlado, who is undergoing burdensome therapy. This lovely family, which until recently enjoyed a good life, has now had to fight a difficult battle twice. How hard would it be if they had to rely on social benefits alone? Fortunately, Good Angels are there for them.
Kuba was only a year old when the doctors first pronounced his diagnosis out loud: the same diagnosis as his newborn brother had – eye cancer. Both boys underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy. Kuba lost an eye, but everyone was happy that the cancer was gone.
When Kuba got older, he would sleep with his hockey stick if he could, but the cancer came back. This time around, it announced its presence by a swollen knee. Back to the oncology ward. The treatment was not working, and the large tumor threatened to metastasize. In the end, Kuba’s leg had to be amputated. The operation took place on Friday, and three days later, Kuba was taken back to the oncology ward. “Kubo was happy it did not hurt. Everyone watched with disbelief how he was handling the situation. Most children are quiet after surgery, but Kubík immediately started asking for a wheelchair and wanted to go to the playroom!” He would forget about his handicap there.
The treatment took ten months before Kubík and his mother could say that they won the fight for Kuba’s life for the second time. Kuba’s love of sports was not diminished, even now, while missing his left leg. He leads a very modest life with his mother and brother, but continues to dream his dream of one day taking part in the Paralympics. Perhaps Good Angels will help him fulfill his dream.
Terezka is fighting the same disease as her sister Lenka did three years ago – tumors in her kidney. They first appeared when she was just a baby, and were unexpectedly large. One was a full 14 cm large, and put her tiny body under incredible stress.
The family, already exhausted by Lenka’s illness, had to start anew. They became regular visitors to the oncology ward. Although the father tries to provide for his family, his income does not suffice in this extreme situation. We are glad to be able to assist them.