MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Today, 15 February, is the International Day of Children with Cancer around the world. Its main purpose is to raise awareness of the entire professional medical community and socially responsible citizens about the successes and problems of pediatric oncology. The symbol of the fight against pediatric oncology is a gold ribbon.
The employees of the fire and rescue departments of St. Petersburg and representatives of public organizations did not stand aside, because helping people is no longer just a job for them, but a vocation. Today they donated their blood to young patients of the National Medical Research Center of Oncology named after N.N. Petrov, which is one of the largest children’s cancer centers in Russia. Before donating blood, they went through all the necessary preliminary procedures: a medical examination, blood pressure measurement, an express test, etc.
For cancer patients, donated blood is another important step towards victory over the disease. This is a unique material that cannot be replaced by anything, but, unfortunately, during the pandemic, the number of blood donors has sharply decreased, and some patients must receive its components regularly. And we really hope that the example of the St. Petersburg rescuers will inspire other residents of our city to help the kids from the Oncology Center.
In addition, rescuers have replenished the “courage box”. Thus, they decided to support young patients with difficult diagnoses, who have to undergo painful but vital procedures every day and overcome fear. In a cancer center, the joy that small gifts from the “box of courage” can bring can hardly be overestimated. They help dry baby tears during daily procedures or before surgery.
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