I want to take this opportunity to help a family friend who is going through a life threatening event. Victor Koryagin is an Ukrainian artist who has been very close friends with Kate’s mom since they were 19 years old. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with Stage 3 sarcoma in his right knee. There is no medical insurance in Ukraine so he has to pay for the treatment himself.
Victor runs a small publishing business, which provides for his family, but it doesn’t make enough money to pay for the medical treatment that he needs. This is where we come in. Kate’s mom – Yelena – started a fundraiser at youcaring.com titled An artist in Ukraine fights cancer where she has been able to raise over $11,000 and she personally also gave thousands of dollars towards his treatment. She’s doing all she can, but she can’t pay for all of it on her own. Both Yelena and Victor are grateful for all the donations, but they’re still short of their goal.
All donations will go directly to his medical bills, but he cannot start the radiotherapy treatment he needs until he can pay for it. I can’t imagine how terrifying it must be to know that there is a tumor growing inside me and not be able to get treatment because I don’t have the money.
Please go to the fundraiser page – An artist in Ukraine fights cancer – for more information and to make a donation. Any amount will help.
All the drawings you see here are his work. As you can see, he’s a very talented artist and Yelena will send you a high quality print of your choosing as a thank you for donating.
You can see more of his work on Yelena’s blog My Friend The Artist, which she started to showcase his work.
I talk a lot about saving money to be able to retire early and continue to enjoy life when I’m old, but all the money in the world doesn’t matter if we’re not healthy. Please consider making a small donation to help an artist/human in need. If you are not able to donate money, please donate by sharing this on your Facebook, Twitter, Blog, or any social media. Help spread the word.
Please check out this video Yelena put together about him.