Second group of young Ukrainian cancer patients brought safely to US
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A second group of young Ukrainian cancer patients has been evacuated to the US, where they can continue their treatment in safety.
On Monday, four Ukrainian children with cancer, ranging in age from 6 to 17, arrived with their 11 relatives at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, according to a hospital press release.
The families came from Poland and joined the first group of refugees — made up of four young cancer patients and their 14 relatives — who arrived in Memphis on March 21.
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Aside from medical care, patients will all receive “housing, psychological support and counseling to meet social, emotional and cultural needs as they begin rebuilding their lives so far from home,” the press release said.
St. Jude is the first hospital in the US to receive patients from Ukraine. In the release, St. Jude hinted that “more potential patients and families” could come to the US in the future.
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In addition to the eight young cancer patients and their families, St. Jude has also helped hundreds of other children with cancer to leave Ukraine so they can receive safe care in Europe and Canada.
The children who arrived on March 28 are among more than 730 children with cancer that St. Jude Global and its partners have helped through SAFER Ukraine’s humanitarian effort. (St Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
On Tuesday, St. Jude said it had helped more than 730 Ukrainian children with cancer to evacuate the country as part of its humanitarian effort called Supporting Action For Emergency Response (SAFER) Ukraine.
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St. Jude Global launched SAFER Ukraine in partnership with organizations such as Fundacja Herosi in Poland, the Tabletochki Charity Foundation in Ukraine and the Polish Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the press release said.
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In a statement, Dr. James R. Downing, the president and CEO of St. Jude, called the war between Russia and Ukraine a “humanitarian tragedy.”
“Our ongoing commitment is to ensure that children with cancer around the world have access to life-saving care,” Downing said. “We are honored to help these families resume life-saving treatment of their children in safety.”
The patients who arrived on March 28th range in age from 6 to 17 years old and, like the group of patients who arrived last week, will receive the comprehensive medical care they need, as well as hours, psychological support and counseling to avoid social, emotional and cultural needs as they begin rebuilding their lives so far from home. (St Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
Tony Thomas, a St. Jude board member and son of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, said in a statement: “We are all inspired by the resilience and courage of the families fleeing Ukraine to hospitals across Europe, Canada. and Canada. now to St. Jude.”
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