Happy Child logo

Natasha Shramko – Cerebellum-Medulloblastoma, Mts in Spinal Medulla and Cerebrum

June 25, 2011, 12:00 7052 Author: Nadezhda Ivashchenko, translated by Anna Oliynyk www.donor.org.ua Fundraising closed in connection with the death of a child Our sincere condolences to the mother and sister Anya Marina.

Diagnosis - Cerebellum-Medulloblastoma, Mts in Spinal Medulla and Cerebrum

Natasha Shramko’s up-to-date treatment news

Medical records

How to help

Report on the donations received

The telephone numbers of parents and volunteers

ATTENTION! AS AT 30.12.2015 г.: Fundraising closed in connection with the death of a child.

Our sincere condolences to the mother and sister Anya Marina.


Natasha is an active and healthy girl, Mom’s supporter and the best friend of her beloved younger sister Anya. The girl loves drawing, embroidering and bead braiding. She is always friendly and communicative… It is better to say this is how she used to be, not a long time ago, before the tragic day of April 3rd, 2011, when her life was divided into periods “before” and “after”.

In April this year, while being in a health resort, Natasha started having severe headaches, vomiting, wobbling while walking. In Tokmak clinic nobody could understand what the reason was, and nothing could help the girl, that’s why Natasha was referred to the Neurosurgery Department of the Zaporozhye clinic. There doctors suspected at once that something was wrong, and made MRT (magnetic resonance tomography), which showed the tumor. But the question if it was malignant was left open. After 10 days spent at the hospital, at the end of April Natasha was again referred to the Neurosurgery Institute in Kyiv, where a surgery was carried out on April 18th, and the post-surgery histology clarified the diagnosis. The girl received her first chemotherapy course in Zaporozhye, and went to Kyiv to take a high-dose course. The estimates are she will need the total of 4 courses.

They are alone here, in an unfamiliar city, and it is not easy for them. Besides her Mom and her sister, Natasha doesn’t really have anyone. Her parents are divorced, and her father does not contribute to his daughters’ lives. The younger girl even has to stay with neighbors at the moment. Before her daughter became sick Marina, Natasha’s Mom, had her “business”– she was selling fish. Now of course, she had to drop it all. At home they had their own vegetable garden, which helped feed the family and a farmstead. Although it was difficult, they managed to survive somehow, but now… now it is not just difficult, it is absolutely impossible to cope with their problems alone.

I’m asking you to help this family very much. They are hardly able to survive, as their life now is nothing else but survival. If they have to pay for treatment too, they just won’t be able to make it. They desperately need your support!

Natasha was slowly coming back to her life after a long and exhausting battle against cancer. She was learning to enjoy life anew…She truly believed that cancer would never come back. This ambitious young lady was making many plans and goals for the future.

One day Natasha suddenly felt so fatigued and to top it all severe pain in the area of her surgical scar. In the beginning, Natasha tried not to pay much attention to all these worrying symptoms. She just hoped she would be allright soon again. Unfortunately, her hopes were crashed by increasing pains and terrible weakness. The girl soon realized she could no longer stay in uncertainty, so she headed to the city for brain tomography.

The tomography confirmed Natasha’s fears...Cancer is back…This heartbreaking news was pure shock to the whole family. Natasha’s mom and younger sister are feeling completely lost. Their only hope are kind donors who have supported them so much before.

The family would be enormously grateful to you for any financial support! They urgently need at least 3,000 hryvnyas – 190 US dollars! The future treatment will definitely require much more money, so your help is important!

We honestly hope you will support Natasha with your prayers and kind financial support! Let’s help this courageous girl to win her life back!

Наташи Шрамко

Mother’s telephone number: 096-285-16-15, Marina Shramko

Volunteer’s telephone number: 095-766-46-67, 099-024-27-68, Nadezhda Ivashchenko

For further information contact the volunteers of the Happy Child Foundation

Happy Child foundation - effective help to the most needy children of the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, since 2004

They need help:
Oleksiy Marchuk
Oleksiy Marchuk

cerebral palsy, spastic tetraparesis

Help now

You donated in 2024

$ 118 617

Our expenses in 2024
To 65 sick children $31 835
Medical equipment: $7 266
Humanitarian help: $29 138
To disabled children: $44 315
To children's village: $1 183
To orphans and poor children: $5 514
"Helpus" - help to adults: $17 961
Service expenses: $18 591
Total sum of expenses: $157 894

$6 888 216

donated since 2007