Veronica is seventeen years old. She comes from the small village of Kurilovo, near the ancient Russian city of Vladimir. Veronica’s father died in a car accident when she was two and a half, and since then her mother has brought her up on her own. She has always been a very active, energetic girl with plenty of different interests. She was a great student at school, a successful sportswoman, and studied at dance and theatre studios. After finishing school, she entered a law and economics college… But at the end of last year disaster struck Veronica’s rich, vibrant life. It all began with a common cold that just wouldn’t go away. Then her lymph nodes swelled. Veronica went to a GP, got a blood test and was instantly hospitalised. That was when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She began receiving chemotherapy with the drug Asparginase, but immediately suffered a highly acute allergic reaction, including asphyxiation. The doctors had to urgently replace the drug with Erwinase. Altogether, Veronica needed 11 packs with a total cost of £33528. Veronica’s mother couldn’t afford to buy the medicine on her own, so it was bought with money from donations. Veronica is now undergoing active treatment and taking well to the new medicine. She’s been allowed to go out for walks, which she is more than happy to do. She also spends her time embroidering and even visiting the hospital school where volunteers work with children.
Gift of Life offers hope and practical care to children and young adults whose families cannot afford treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, we have been able to save the lives of dozens of children through the provision of vital medicine and treatment.