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UCLA Health organizes relief for Ukrainian cancer patients and refugees

UCLA Health Connect blog

Post Date:August 31, 2022 6:00 AM
(L-R) In the UCLA Health warehouse, Michael Burke, MHA, chief of international and business development services; Becky Mancuso-Winding, executive director of UCLA Health community and business Partnerships; Vadim Gudzenko, MD; John A. Glaspy, MD organized shipments of cancer drugs and supplies to cancer patients in Ukraine. (Photo by Candice Crockett | UCLA Health)

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24, 2022, it has displaced more than 12 million people seeking safety, shelter and aid to neighboring countries. Among them are 179,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients seeking treatment and medication.

This summer, UCLA Health sent two shipments of cancer drugs and supplies to Ukraine for patients desperately in need.

The first shipment of cancer drugs, coordinated by John Glaspy, MD, a professor of medicine at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Project HOPE, a global health and humanitarian aid organization, arrived to the Grigoryev Institute of Medical Radiology and Oncology of The National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine in Kharkov on June 8.

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