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Gala Charity Dinner united kind people for the good cause

On November 22 Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group organized a Gala charity evening to help  Lithuanian children fighting cancer and it was held in Vilnius, at Vaidila Theater. A lot of famous people not only from Lithuania but also from abroad attended this event. There were representatives of the Lithuanian and international business, politics, arts, sports and entertainment world people who are not indifferent to the painful stories of children and who join the foundation every time and give their attention and hearts to those who need our help the most.

During the Gala dinner, the founder of the foundation Rimantas Kaukėnas and the main sponsor of the fund, Avia Solutions Group CEO Gedimias Ziemelis gave their speeches. Moreover, businessman Darius Bivainis, director Dalius Abaris, entrepreneur, politician Antanas Guoga and representatives of event management company UAB Korektus were given special Boomerangs created by the foundation to symbolize the return of good.

Well-known Lithuanian artists Merūnas Vitulskis, Rūta Ščiogolovaitė and Gytis Paškevičius shared their songs with guests free of charge.

Guests were invited to participate in an auction in which those, who offered the biggest donation to children, were able to get the attributes of well-known sports people, works of art and other valuable items. Special attributes and works of art were presented and donated to charity by hockey player Dainius Zubrus, auto-moto representer Benediktas Vanagas, Lewben Art Foundation representer Vilius Kavaliauskas, Aurelija Rusteikienė, World Kick box champion Sergėjus Maslobojevas, singer Merūnas Vitulskis, Paulius Varanauskas, firefighter Aurelijus Lipinskas, tennis player Ričardas Berankis and artist Skaistė Semenkė.

The valuable items donated by these wonderful and noble people have turned into immeasurable help for little patients – during the auction 44,980 eur. were donated for children with cancer!

During the program, our little fighters, who have confronted serious oncological diseases, were also on the stage. Here they revealed their talents, and during the performances they were assisted by a well-known singer Merūnas Vitulskis, karate sports representative Linas Jonika, dancer Deividas Meškauskas, musicians and illusionists. Immediately after the wonderful children’s performances, Rimantas Kaukėnas, the founder of the foundation, surprised the children with exceptional gifts – fulfilled their dreams of having a computer, an electric scooter, a bike, English classes and several days of spa treatment at a Lithuanian resort.

“Our foundation is now in its 8th year of existence during which with the help of all people of good will, we have done many wonderful things, never let our hands down, and always were moving only forward. The idea behind this charity evening is to bring our entire community together, share the beautiful deeds we have done, introduce you to our little heroes and at the same time to make it a meaningful continuation of our noble mission of raising donations to help sick children. We greatly appreciate that a lot of noble hearted people come to this kind of event to support children, and we are very proud that children will go on the stage. It is amazing that after many years of struggling with a terrible disease they will climb to the stage and prove that everything is possible when we are united and that is the real motivation for all of us, ” said Rimantas Kaukėnas, the founder of the foundation, basketball player, about the idea of the charity evening.

 

GRATITUDE

Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to every and each of you who are together, make a sacrifice and care for the well-being of the sick children and their families. Thanks to the sponsors of the event Avia Solutions Group, UAB Vikonda, Energetics Learning Center, Lewben Art Foundation, Kidy Tour, Baltijos-Amerikos clinic and PineWood restaurant, MiniMaxi.lt, Bioderma, Institut Esthederm, Elvyra Design, Megami Beauty Clinic, Dizaino Pasaulis and leisure, sportswear and footwear store SIL.

 

Pictures: Valentinas Ryčkovas

Donation to John who suffers from the IV stage of cancer reached more than 59 thousands euros

The 18-year-old John (renamed) from the seaside avoids talking about his illness, avoids talking about its terrible consequences, and does not want to influence the public’s attitude towards him. Stage IV lymphoma – this diagnosis was heard when John was 17 years old by him and his parents. After a whole year of treatment which gave no results, today the boy is living in hope and parents are determined to do everything to keep their son alive.

Memories with tears in the eyes

“Real man. Feels respect to everybody, never conflicts, he is calm, polite and tolerant. That is our John,” – said his dad.

Anxiety, concern and hope – these emotions prevailed during the conversation with John’s parents. The diagnosis was heard over a year ago and today’s fight for John’s life is particularly difficult for a child’s parents.

With tears in her eyes, John’s mother returned to painful memories. In November, 2018, John had bronchitis, he was coughing really heavily, so he had to go to the doctors. At the pediatric clinic, it was decided to have blood tests, followed by x-rays, ecoscopy. Within a few days, we were informed that we had to travel to Santara Hospital in Vilnius as soon as possible, that there already are people waiting for us,” – the boy’s mother said.

The results of the research heard at Santara Hospital were the beginning of the big family nightmare. At the time, juvenile John was diagnosed with Stage IV lymphoma and had been scheduled for 6 courses of chemotherapy. As the treatment progressed, the child reached adulthood and had to move to an adult unit for another biopsy. The results continued to frustrate hope in the vicious circle – lymphoma and carcinoma – two diagnoses, and today, John is the only one in Lithuania who has this form of insidious disease.

There are no nerve cells in the lungs, so the child did not feel any pain at the time of diagnosis. It was hardly possible to see the first, second and even third stage beforehand. The child remained active until the diagnosis and treatment, was cycling, was physically fit and did not complain at all.

“Tumor surgery was not possible because the cancer is very aggressive and it is in the danger zone, which means that there was too much risk of bleeding. As this is the only case in Lithuania, doctors have read a lot of literature on how the disease is progressing and what treatment options are available in the world. Unfortunately, today, the only solution available is special medicaments that do not guarantee but give our child a lot of hope to be healthy and happy, ”said John’s mother.

Currently, medicines recommended for a child are not reimbursed by the sickness funds and the state has not responded to the request to do an exemption. Immediate first aid with medications, which will be enough for the family for half a month was provided by Rimantas Kaukėnas Charitable Foundation. According to foundation staff, OPDIVO 10mg / ml concentrate for infusion solution cost € 2,300 (with the discount which is made for the foundation), two doses of the drug are needed per month, and doctors will only be able to see the effects after three months,  later John would have to take these medicine from six months up to several years. The timing of treatment is unpredictable, depending on how well the patient responds to the medication.

“John underwent several treatments – John received chemotherapy at Santara Children’s Hospital, also, combined treatment with other drugs that did not help and the disease progressed. In John’s current situation, we may re-apply chemotherapy, but given that it did not help the child in the first stages of treatment, it would be too risky to repeat courses. There are some classic cases in global practice where our recommended drugs have helped patients like John. The medication gave a positive response. We did very detailed research, collected a lot of information  and we believe that today these drugs are the optimal treatment option. Once a patient has taken our recommended medication, there are several studies that later show the effect of the medication. The tests are done 3 months and then 6 months after starting the medication,” – said Domantas Diglys, a doctor, oncologist and chemotherapist who cares for John at Santara Hospital.

A serious illness does not deprive John’s smile

According to his parents, John is mature enough to understand the seriousness of the disease, so the only way he can get away from his terrifying thoughts is additional activity.

“The only thing he wants today is just to be healthy. Although he is very ill, he does not lose optimism. The guy “lives online”, reads and is very interested in engineering and cars. That’s how he tries to distract negative thoughts, “ – said John’s dad.

“The son excels in science – math, physics, chemistry. The kid is full of plans for the future – he wants to start university, thinks about engineering program, ” – added John’s mom.

The mother has no doubts that the child has thought a lot about his illness, he has read a lot of information on the internet, watched his treatment process, talked to the doctors himself: what he should eat, what medications he is allowed, why he has certain side effects

But even in a difficult situation, John manages to look at things calm and laughs: “Mom, Miracle! You have an exceptional child, I’m the only one in Lithuania, which has this disease.”

School community is indifferent to his illness

According to John’s mom, they also received a lot of support from John’s school community. “When the teacher informed the children about John’s illness, the children were confused and did not know how to communicate with him. Then a school psychologist came and helped them, we can say that the psychologist has returned John his friends. Now, just as before the illness, the son can continue to talk, make jokes with friends, often call them or have video chats,” – the child’s mother was happy about the support from John’s friends.

Parents blame themselves – what have we missed?

Back in 2017, when John was healthy, he had an X-ray, and it did not show anything at the time. However, health professionals say this treacherous disease can develop very quickly over the year, which is what happened to John. “You start blaming yourself – you might not have seen something… He did not smoke, he did not drink, he lived a healthy lifestyle. We want to save our son, to pull him out of this nightmare. We want him to live a long and happy life. ”

Parents were moved when one child donated the euro, which was meant to be for his lunch

John’s parents educated the child very rightly and made a big effort that he would be honest and upright.

“At the age of 16 he wanted a new computer, so we encouraged him to earn money for this gift himself. He got a job in the shop, earned some money and bought his dream computer. We raised our son to be a responsible, honest, noble man, to respect everyone in his journey of life. Although we are probably seeing the big hearts of people just now… At a school charity event, which was organised to help John, one kid took out of his pocket the euro his parents gave him for lunch and donated it to help us… There are many wonderful people who want to help,“ – said John’s mom.

Both John’s parents are working, but mum often has to spend time with their son. “My employer gives me all the possibilities to take care of John when I need it – trips to the hospital, a period of treatment. I can get permanent child care, but it would further reduce our family’s income, and John himself is asking to be left alone, he feels grown up and does not want me to always be around him and of course he does not want to see me looking at him as a seriously ill person, ”said his mother.

Today, the family needs the support of all people for medication, which is the only hope for John to recover and feel better. The cost of medicines for the first and most important three months is estimated to be more than 13,000 euros. Later, the amount needed for medication can reach tens of thousands of euros.

INFORMATION ABOUT DONATION

Rimantas Kaukenas Charitable Foundation would like to thank to everyone who contributed to this family, who were not indifferent and made a donation! The donation is currently suspended because right now we have money for John treatment for almost whole year. 59035,71 eur was donated to John for the medicines he needed!

NOTE: Donations will be resumed if needed.

In 7 hours charitable iniciative participated up to 1500 Lithuanians

Last Saturday in Vilnius and Kaunas, an annual charity event was held in which students visited the homes of people asking for support for a rare ill boy. Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group together with Soutwestern Advantage youth campaign attracted more than 13 thousand. euro It is expected that, after counting all the donations that the organizer of the campaign reaches until now, the goal will be achieved – the estimated cost of the child’s medical treatment can be around 20 thousand. euro

“We got together to help boy Daniil with a very rare disease – retinoblastoma. We went to the house and asked for their help. Although there have been various reactions during all seven years of the campaign, the results always motivate us to continue this mission, “says Eglė Ališauskaitė, a Southwestern Advantage spokeswoman.

This year, 45 students contributed to the campaign, whose sincere engagement and talks to the action led to the participation of as many as 1,500 residents of Vilnius and Kaunas.

Ališauskaitė said after the campaign that cooperation with Rimantas Kaukėnas’ support group helps to win more people’s confidence. “The Rimantas Kaukėnas Foundation organizes many similar initiatives, knows families who need support and assistance, so we can concentrate all our efforts where they are most needed,” added Aliasauskaitė.

“On behalf of the Foundation, I want to thank the students who have given this day to the severely ill Danilo. Thank you to all the people of good will who opened the door of their house, listened and offered. We believe that with all your help we will be able to provide the boy with important treatment in Switzerland, to preserve the sight of a young patient and a bright future, “- the founder of the foundation R. Kaukėnas thanked everyone who contributed to the campaign.

According to Justina Klimaitė, a pediatric hematologist for the treatment of Danilil, the current treatment has helped stop the spread of the malignant syndrome, but it does not diminish. In Lithuania, only a few cases of retinoblastomas are newly diagnosed in the year, precisely because of the limited possibilities of treating the disease in the country. The disease is most effectively treated in Switzerland, where children from all over Europe come. There will also be Daniel in the near future.

To contribute to the vital treatment of Daniil, this can be done by transferring support to the Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group account:

Required Payment Purpose: SUPPORT DANIIL G.

Recipient: Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group
Code: 302721009
Account no. (IBAN): LT984010042502981574
Bank – Luminor
SWIFT: AGBLLT2X

More information

Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group

Rusnė Šermukšnytė
info@kaukenoparama.lt
+370 684 56 296

Southwestern Advantage

Eglė Ališauskaitė

eglealisauskaitee@gmail.com

+370 636 03 843

Photos and video material: Vytautas Mikaitis

Panevezys sport`s organizations and businesses fulfilled the dream of Dominykas

On Monday in Cosmos, a coffee and cocktail bar located in Panevezys, a group of people gathered heartily. Rusnė Šermukšnytė, a representative of the well-known basketball player Rimantas Kaukėnas support team, came to the meeting to rejoice at the expanding circle of people helping children with severe illnesses.

“It’s a pleasure to see the growing number of people who are not strangers to other pains and worries. R. Kaukėnas Support Foundation strives to fulfill the dreams of hard-sick children and give them as much positive emotions as possible “, – R. Šermukšnytė addressed the meeting in such words.

Eight-year-old Panevėžys Dominykas, who had a severe oncological illness – leukemia, had to spend a lot of time in the hospital for a boyfriend, where he was given long and curable treatment. Fortunately, today Dominica can enjoy good health – the child has recovered. The family of good emotions is not busy today, and many Panevezys’ sports organizations and companies have contributed to this. The boy has long dreamed of having virtual glasses of reality, and when he finds out, the Aukstaitija Sport Group has rushed to make sure the child’s desire is fulfilled. During the meeting, the boy was presented with a gaming computer and virtual reality glasses provided by Videogame.lt and Hotfix.lt. Mantas Svidenis, Head of the Sports Games of ASTA, was awarded the valuable prize to Dominykas. The branded soccer club “Panevėžys” T-shirt for the boy was donated by the president of the Panevėžys Football Federation (PFAF) Darius Butkus. In addition, representatives of the football club “Kupiškis” brought their gifts to the meeting.

At the initiative of ASG and PAFF, soccer tournaments were arranged, in which funds were collected and dedicated to Dominican dreams.

The boy came to the meeting with his parents and two brothers. The younger one is only nine months old, and the elder, who has been 13 years old, has been doing manual work for four years and is very successful in defending the gates in both his peers and senior teams.

Indispensable for sports and Dominica. “I used to go to the chess group for about a year. Now tennis is best for all sports. I did not go for training, but I like to play tennis. It’s also like to scramble through obstacles, “said Dominykas.

What might be more fun than positive emotions and a wide smile on Dominyko’s face? We are very grateful to all those who contributed to the charity sport event: Aukštaitijos Sporto grupė, Panevėžys County Football Federation, Panevėžys City Municipality, Lithuanian Snacks, Cosmos Coffee and Cocktail Bar, Aukstaitija Implantology Clinic, Beauty and Therapy Cabin “Royal” , “Hummel”, UAB “Sporto kalvė”, Panevėžys Eglė, “Service Line”, AV Chimolonsky farm and all football teams.

Information: reporteris.lt, Gintaras Brazdžionis

R. Kaukėnas’ Foundation with friends unites basketball fans for a noble purpose

June 2,  Basketball player Rimantas Kaukėnas support team together with his friends BC “Lietuvos rytas”, “Siemens” arena, Lithuanian basketball federation, Capital Basketball School, Capital Basketball League and other partners invites basketball lovers to the 3×3 BC “Lietuvos rytas” “Be good to win.

The street basketball tournament, which has been taking place for several years now, will invite Vilnius residents and city guests not only to compete for the winners’ cup, but also to contribute to the noble goal of helping Lithuanian children with oncological diseases. All funds collected for the tournament registration will be given to children who are struggling to fight cancer every day.

It is planned that over 100 teams will take part in the event near the Siemens arena, which will include about 400 players. Players of the basketball team “Lietuvos rytas” and other famous representatives of the Lithuanian basketball and entertainment world will come to support the event during the event. The organizers of the event reveal that Lithuanian businessmen and Lithuanian basketball stars will compete in the tournament on support for children.

“Our Foundation’s main mission is to help children and their families to survive severe diagnoses and provide them with medications. equipment and medications, the implementation of important treatments and operations, giving children unforgettable emotions in organizing events and filling their dreams. Therefore, events like this are a great way for people not only to spend a good time, but also to contribute to the welfare of small patients. We are glad that we have the opportunity to work with Lithuanian basketball and other organizations that always support our ideas and make a significant contribution to helping children “, – the basketball player, the founder of the foundation R. Kaukėnas spoke about the upcoming initiative.

The event takes 8 hours to complete a great program specially designed for the tournament to create unique t-shirts and many sponsored prizes. Registration for the tournament is taking place now: https://goo.gl/forms/ZeqEO8KPzMAVqpDz1

Event Date: June 2, 2018 (saturday)

Event venue: Siemens Arena access

Event time: 10.00 – 18.00

A donation of medical equipment to Kaunas Clinics was collected during the charity evening

Good to do good. This is often said about charity events. These words on February 23 The celebratory event of the basketball player Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group was held in the “Pirklių Klubas” capital of the capital.

“The idea of ​​this charity evening is to bring together our entire community, share the work done together, and at the same time realize it by continuing the on-going mission of collecting victims of medical equipment necessary for Kaunas clinics – special needles and drills, which would make children’s trepanobiopsy procedures less painful. I want to thank everybody who is not indifferent to the small sick of Lithuania, helps them to survive the serious trauma of a diagnosis and gives them the necessary help “, – the founder of the fund, basketball player Rimantas Kaukėnas told about the idea of ​​a charity evening.

During the event during the event, guests were invited to participate in an auction that featured athletes selling NBA basketball players LeBron James James, Cristiano Ronaldo T-shirt, basketball players Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Benedict Vanagas medal from Dakar, the balls with Kaunas Žalgiris “Signatures of players, Darius Kasparaitis Ice Hockey, Ice Hockey Player, and the founder of the fund, basketball player Rimantas Kaukėnas.

At the auction, the children were donated 20 050 euros.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENT

The Kaunas Clinics of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Hospital (LSMPCS) lacked essential tools for treatment – special needles and devices that would make it easier for trepan-biopsy procedures to be performed for young people.

Trepanobiopsia is a procedure whereby a special needle is poured through a solid bone marrow into a bone marrow and a piece of bone marrow is taken, which is examined in the pathology laboratory for the determination of bone marrow pathology or in the search for malignant tumor metastases. This procedure is performed when it is necessary to diagnose blood diseases and to evaluate the spread of malignant tumors. A more accurate assessment of the stage of the disease helps to provide the necessary treatment, therefore quality bone marrow trepanobiopsy is very important.

A trepanion biopsy drill with disposable needles is given to a faster and more accurate diagnostic precedent, since it does not require so much physical force to perform it, has a depth gauge that allows you to measure a sufficient amount of bone marrow that is not present in a hand-held needle. The automatic trepane biopsy drill facilitates the performance of trepane biopsy, shortens the duration of the procedure itself, and, at the same time, provides anesthetic to prevent repeat punctures, when the bone marrow gets defective.

During the year, LSMUL KK’s Children’s Oncology and Hematology Center carries out up to 100 such procedures; therefore, 100 disposable sets of trepane biopsy needles with a drill with 200 drills are required per year.

SOFTWARE DELIVERY

April 26 Foundation founder Rimantas Kaukėnas visited Kaunas Clinics, where he met health professionals working there. At the meeting, the medical facility was transferred to the medical institution. The director of the Center for Children’s Oncology and Hematology Dr. Giedrė Rutkauskienė and Head of Children’s Clinic Prof Dr. Rimantas Kėvalas.

The total value of these medical equipment is EUR 10164.

ASSISTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY

Many donors and sponsors of the Fund have contributed to the charity event. The support group of Rimantas Kaukėnas wants to sincerely thank the sponsors who have taken care that every guest from the event will come out with beautiful gifts. We thank Elvyra Design and Bulkowskiy jewelry for the wonderful Beauties musicals that guests could wear during the event. Cosmetic brands “Bioderma” and “Esthererm” and Kristina Tučkutei for “It’s Secret by Kristina Tučkute” beauty gifts. We also thank World Cup winner, European MMA champion and multiple champion of Lithuania and other international champions Sergey Masloboyev-Kuwald for the opportunity to take part in the sports club “Sparta Combat Fitness”.

Thanks for the spectacular event of the event, we thank “Florists on the Verge” for florist Antanas Mažonas.

The idea of ​​the charity evening was supported and badly ill children were not only invited by the event but also by the companies and organizations they represent. For great support, THANKS, we say Avia Solutions Group, Small Planet, Skycop, Good Gift, Grill London, Antano Guag’s Support Foundation and iLunch.

For a wonderful program of the event sincerely thank the performers MERŪNAS VITULSKIS, vaidas baumila, Viktor Woop, Electric Ladies, illusionist Mantas, presenter John Radzevičius, diamonds children’s fashion theater clothing brand “referred to” the show also thank Tatyana Lavrinovič with her daughter Emily, Diana Dargienė with her daughter Une and Ausra with her daughter. For make-up for small dancers, we thank the gentlemen of the jewelery “Makeup By Goldilocks” and Ana ManaM Makeup artist.

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