When Lana was only ten months old, she was diagnosed with cancer of the retina of both eyes. Unfortunately, the disease was diagnosed late - the surgery and treatment have not been successful. Lana lost her eyesight. Lana could not understand why suddenly everything became dark; she was afraid of the dark, cried, and wouldn’t get down from my arms for even a minute. We decided to seek the opinion of foreign doctors. Professor David Abramson from
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
in New York, NY said that the tumor seems to be “frozen” and isn’t continuing to develop. Now my daughter is under Dr. Abramson’s continual observation. We feel very fortunate that Lana was accepted to a free program for the rehabilitation of blind children, where she can learn how to live with his illness. By participating in these classes, Lana began to communicate with children and adults; she has been learning to walk with a cane, and do normal things like dress and undress independently. Iolanta overcame her fear of darkness and she plays with other children. My daughter has been developing according to her age; she memorizes and tells stories and short poems and loves to sing and dance. We have to continue participating in the program and attending the classes, but we cannot afford to pay for accommodations in New York City ourselves. My husband is the only actively working family member, and currently he works and takes care of our older son back home. Please help!
Ekaterina Mamatkazina, Krasnodar region.
$33,600 is needed to save Iolanta Mamatkazina.
Dear friends! Do not let the cost stop you if you decide to help Iolanta. Your donation in any amount will be gratefully accepted. You can contribute to Rusfond USA using PayPal or by sending a personal check payable to “Rusfond USA” and mailing it to the following address: Rusfond USA, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10170. Thank you!
Social Worker Antuanetta Richards, of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) (New York, USA): “Iolanta is in a special program working with a teacher of the blind and visually impaired. Our goal is to help Iolanta reach her maximum potential, to develop her independence and skills necessary for attending kindergarten and beyond”.
Ekaterina, Lana Mamatkazina’s mother, writes:
"With respect and gratitude, I wish everyone a Happy New Year. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all much happiness and prosperity! Thanks to you, our girl has become a very different child, she can now do many things on her own, she’s learning successfully, and passes tests with a grade of "excellent". Once again, Happy New Year to you and thank you so much!"