Gift from the Heart / Dar Serca Foundation http://darserca.org Helping children to receive medical treatments they urgently need / Pomagamy chorym i niepelnosprawnym dzieciom Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:29:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 2017 Spring Ball – Flower Power http://darserca.org/2017-spring-ball-flower-power/ http://darserca.org/2017-spring-ball-flower-power/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:21:09 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=8616 invitation - inside-001

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Radiothon 2017 http://darserca.org/radiothon-2017/ http://darserca.org/radiothon-2017/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:41 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=8526 Our Annual Radiothon is just around the corner. On Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th please tune in to 1030/1300AM and 104.7FM radio station to listen & participate.  We promise a very engaging and fun program.  From dawn to late evening you will be able to listen to interesting interviews, meet GFHF children, bid on very interesting & desirable items auctioned both days and more …  Financial results of last year’s Radiothon made in part possible for us to help 44 children. We count on you this year too. Let’s not disappoint many children that are waiting for our assistance in receiving so needed medical treatments.  If you would like to use some free air-time to plug-in your business during our Radiothon, feel free to contact us right away at 847-671-2711 for details.

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We have exciting items to be auctioned during the Radiothon. Here are examples for you to view and decide what to bid on:

1 HOCKKaneToewsAUTO2PuckPhoto 1 Jimmy Butler - Bulls 1 KaneAUTOCap 1 Kris Bryant 1 MessiAUTOCleat  Anthony Rizzo Opal ring (2) Ikona Bryant jersey 1 Agata Kornhauser-Duda FullSizeRender (2) IMG_3152 IMG_3149 IMG_6620 IMG_6619

 

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Valentine’s Day Party for Kids http://darserca.org/valentines-day-party-for-kids/ http://darserca.org/valentines-day-party-for-kids/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:27:22 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=8589 valentines party-001  Best Valentine’s Party for kids is going to be at GFHF/Dar Serca this Sunday !! Come with your kids, your friends kids and all the kids from the neighborhood . From 1 pm – 4 pm  you and the children will enjoy games, dances, face-coloring, snacks, sweets and more!

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Lottery 2016 http://darserca.org/lottery-2016/ http://darserca.org/lottery-2016/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:10 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=8510 Our Lottery  results are in!  Here are the lucky numbers:

1st Prize – # 257

2nd Prize – # 13690

3rd Prize – # 1488

Congratulations to the winners !  And to all – thank you for participating!

Lena and Wiktoria were doing actual drawing at Polish Radio Station 1030/1300AM. Their moms, Dorothy Malachowski and Izabela Rybak were also present there.

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Children in 2016 http://darserca.org/children-in-2016/ http://darserca.org/children-in-2016/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:29:43 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=8426 We were lucky to be able to help 40 children in 2016. All of them sweet and smart and very brave. We are so proud of all of them to overcome  grueling endeavors they often faced, the pain and the tears. We wish each and everyone of them all the best. To our friends and sponsors: on behalf of these children and all of us at the Foundation we thank you so very much and thank you for making it possible !

Bulat, Bartus Cieciorko Tomek- 7 Danil, Zuzia Dzieciolowska Martynka Jastrowicz, Matylda - zd.2 Koryczan,, Emilek Krawiec, kacper SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Kubica Jas - zd. 2 Kwiatkowski Michalek - zd 2 Lena Makuch i Tomczak Malinowska, Karolinka Matuszewska, Laura Matysiak W- zd 1 Mazurek Lenka Patryk (2) Pietraszewska, Hania Plochocka, Anielka zd 2 Popek, Lester w szpitalu Rogalska, Lenka 2 Sadzi- Ksawery - zdj Sasinowski, Artur przed operacja '16 Skoczek, Marcin 2 (2) Skowyrski, Dawidek Superman OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sredzinski Gabrys Szmyt, Jas- stoi Tchorzewska, Marysia Tomczak Malgosia '16 Wawrzycka, Lenka - zd. 1 Wieczorek - amelka - po operacji 16 Wietuski, Adam (2) Wrobel,Piotrus - w walzce Zabierzowska Pola - zd.2 (2) Darlak Wiktoria Koluch, Zuzia

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Children come and go http://darserca.org/children-are-coming-and-going/ http://darserca.org/children-are-coming-and-going/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:04:22 +0000 http://www.darserca.org/?p=2420
 Lenka - przyjazd 2  Lena is here :)Lenka- przyjazd 3 jpg Lenka- przyjazd
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Jas w D.S. 2Jas is our latest guest; he stayed at DS home for 4 days and last Sunday left for Children’s Hospital in St. Louis MO where dr. Park will take care of Jas’ orthopedic problems
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1 2 Dawid arrived last Thursday and will be heading to dr. Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL this Friday.
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Before heading to dr. Paley’s Institute in Florida, Michal spent few days with us. It gave us an opportunity to show him a little bit of Chicago’s versatility and awesomeness.1 2 3 4 5
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 IMG_0745Patryk is very happy with his new look. New prosthesis he got thanks to an out-pour of support from many people, enables him to function so much better and do things that he could only dream about. Patryk and his mom are infinitely grateful for the opportunity and all help they received from Polonia and Dar Serca Foundation. Patryk left us memories and nice thank you card. You’re welcome Patryk & good luck!
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027 Julia is about to leave us. She’ll be flying out this Wednesday but before it happens Julia and her parents sent us a thank you note for all the help and support they got from us. 8 months stay was a long time but all is behind now and they are happy for a chance to get help and the results  that after this were achieved because of dr. Paley’s amazing skills.

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 IMG_3979 IMG_3980 IMG_3981 IMG_4010 Hubert is back home in Poland . He traveled LOT Airlines and the staff couldn’t be more friendly & helpful. He felt like a prince! This is always a case when it comes to GFHF children. Thank you LOT!!!

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  1 2 3  Today we got a letter from Agnieszka’s mum. She writes: Dear Ms. Izabela!  It is hard to express how moved I am by all the care that we were given at GFHF/Dar Serca Foundation. In terms of financing our stay, there’s no way we would be able to make it at all! Only because of GFHF financial support that we managed to survive. We are also so very grateful for wonderful gifts that Agnieszka received from good-hearted people throughout our stay in the US. Thank you Board of Directors, generous sponsors and fantastic volunteers ! Our special Thank You goes to Tony for his dedication, friendliness and time he gave us and to Andrzej for his readiness to assist in any given moment. Both these gentlemen deserve highest recognition! Dar Serca is the first and  only organization that gave us so much.   What is the gratest is the fact that Agnieszka  gained self-assurance and confidence and became a completely different girl all around. Everyday I thank God for giving me and Agnieszka a chance to meet all thoese wonderful people at the Foundation. From the bottom of my heart I thank you! – Bogumila Gwizdala*********************************
1 2  After over 4 months stay with us Michalina left GFHF fr Poland. We had such a great time at the Foundation – Michalina’s mom writes- Thank you all , especially Iza, Tony, Ola and Roman for making the most difficult moments bearable. Because of you the surgery, recuperation and rehabilitation process went smoothly. Misia’s leg is straight  and she is walking better and better each day. She came back to school and she abonded a wheelchair altogether, which fact itself is unbelievable. Everybody, including doctors here   are amazed by the surgery’s effect. Once again we thank you for our dream to became the reality  – Dorota and Michalina Grzonka.
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2  3  7  8 Mateusz stayed with us for just a day and left for West Palm Beach, FL where at Paley Institute he will undergo two surgeries
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1 Julia is the latest patient of dr. Paley; yesterday she arrived to Paley’s Clinic in West Palm Beach, FL.
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IMG_1617 (2) Gabriel, after a very successful spine surgery and recovery left us on May 1st. Zuzanna came for a check-up at Shriners Hospital and is free to go back to Poland. She’s leaving tonight.  Zuza O. Good luck guys and see you next year!
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Andzia5 (3) Our stay in the United States came to the end. We are in Poland already and Andzelika is learning how to walk. In about 2 years she will be back to have her leg lengthened for 10 centimeters. We would like to thank all for the help Andzelika was able to get and volunteers for their constant care. – Andzelika nad her parents
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Michalina (1) Michalina arrived last Thursday; yesterday she had her first visit with doctors/specialists at Shriners Hospital in Chicago

2 1 Mikolaj was here for just one day before heading for Florida. He’s only 2 but dr. Paley decided that he will be able to resolve Mikolay’s physical limitations. He is scheduled for the first surgery on the beginning of February.

2a 2 After 2 months of treatment at Paley’s Institute, Marcin left last week for Poland. On behalf of himself & Marcin, his father writes: I would like to express our deepest gratitude towards the staff of Dar Serca  Foundation, all volunteers and sponsors for making it possible to Marcin to come to the US for a medical treatment. It was truly our only option and I’ll be always grateful for your help. Having the care of Dar Serca enabled us to go through the uncertainty that we faced before. There are no words to describe my appreciation. From the bottom of my heart I thank you!

1 2 4 IMG_1159 Wojtek arrived yesterday; Santa knew about his coming so, left whole a lot of presents for him; Wojtek has been approved for treatment at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL and he’ll be heading there this Sunday

Zojka Zojka is our newest child; she arrived last Tuesday to Craniofacial Center at Dallas Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX.  Zojka was born with Apert Syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones. Meaning:  it prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face.  The first of three scheduled surgeries is planned for November 20th. If everything goes as planned Zojka’s stay there will end in May, 2015.

Pindor Agatka Agata is here! She is most recent patient of Shriners Hospital in Chicago. Agata is being prepared for spine surgery that is scheduled for November 18th. We keep our fingers crossed for a successful outcome.

Ola spent couple of weeks at Mayo Clinic where the specialists run various tests in order to determinate the way of treatment of Ola’s rare condition. GFHF Junior Board took care of the financial aspect of Ola’s stay at the clinic.  She is back in Poland now and sent us this letter:
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Tomek Tomek spent 6 weeks in Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO where he underwent SDR surgery; everything went as planned. Tomek is doing very well and last Wednesday, September 24th, they returned to Poland.

Ola Marczak - przylot Ola arrived last week and on Monday, September 22nd, she was seen by specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MI

104_1363 104_1361 100_1316100_1288  I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dar Serca’s Board of Directors and its volunteers for all the help my son Hubert received while in the USA. Thank you for the services and financial assistance which made our staying so much easier if not possible at all. The hospitality and thoughtfulness and care made us feel right at home. We will cherish the memories for ever. Since we left Chicago( May 2014) Hubert’s conditions improves daily. He exercises every day and even though there is still long way to achieve a perfect condition, I know that we will get there soon. I know that Hubert is going to be alright. Once again , from the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your truly compassionate  hearts, for everything – Monika Gawron – Hubert’s mom – Lublin , Poland

 

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Dominik1 Dominik arrived yesterday. He’ll be heading to St. Louis, MO on Tuesday for SDR surgery that is going to be done at Children’s Hospital there.

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IMG_0487 Agnieszka arrived last Saturday and she will stay with us for few days; on Friday she will be heading to West Palm Beach, FL to start medical treatment at Paley’s Institute

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Antosia - po leczeniu Our 9-months long stay in the USA came to the end. We would like to thank Dar Serca for constant emotional and financial  support . because of that we felt at ease the whole time and not alone in this country, so far from home. Anosia is doing better and better each day. Get used to walk on her own with a little help of a walker . Despite the fact that she suffered a lot, got a very long and painful medical treatments & rehabilitation, she  remains as happy and cheerful girl as can be. Thank you so very much dear friends at Dar Serca for all the help we received! – Antosia’s parents 

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Dear Friends,

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of you involved in Dar Serca charitable work for helping our daughter Alicja with all needed services while she was a patient at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. Alicja was born with quite a few developmental problems, one of those was deformed right leg.  Dr Dror Paley’s Institute was Alicja’s only chance for saving the leg. It took three major surgeries and 11 months to get results that doctor Paley and us hoped for. After very intense physical therapy afterword, Alicja was able to make few steps on her own! It was nothing short of a miracle for us. Even though this leg is still 6 cm shorter that the other one, and needs years of rehabilitation we are ecstatic that we saved Alicja’s leg and we’re looking forward to see her walk independently in the future.   Through all this time Dar Serca was always there with us helping any and every possible way including covering costs of additional physical therapy sessions in Los Angeles, CA and Boston, MA. It is hard to find the words to describe how important such support is. Without it we or any other parents of children with complex health problems, we would not be able to help them the way we could. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you  friends, supporters, sponsors and volunteers of Dar Serca for giving Alicja this chance for better life, for all help and support – Alicja’s parents,  June 2014

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Antosia stayed with us just for a little while before heading back to Poland. With a help from her dad she made this postcard for us. Thank you Antosia & good luck!

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  After 9 months’ stay at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL doctors gave OK for Marysia to go back home to Poland. Good luck Marysia! Her parents wrote a thank you letter to Dar Serca, that is published on Polish version of this page. Thank you Marysia’s parents for all kind words. Have a safe trip home.

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Michal is about to leave us. His parents wrote a summary of their staying : ” First of  the medical treatment that Michal exceeded our expectations! Because of dr. Reddy’s extraordinary approach to my son’s condition and fast decision, during the same surgery Michal got his colon & urinary tracks fixed. This fact alone was much more that we hopped for. Even though there’s a long way ahead of us, Michal is on a right track to full recovery and a normal life. Rehabilitation will be a major factor in this process but we all hope for the best! It all wouldn’t be possible without wonderful people that we met on the way, who made it possible that Michal’s future looks bright. We are so thankful to them all! Special thank you to Dar Serca Foundation that provided us with transportation, food and board during our stay in the USA. Please keep Michal in your thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery and overall success. Thank you”  – Agnieszka & Jacek Kucharski

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 Aside from being either before or after surgeries at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL being I Florida has some perks: 100% enjoyable weather, beautiful site seeing opportunities  and each other company; number of children there change frequently but there’s always 5 – 7 at a time;  this photo shows beautiful group that is there now: Alan, Marysia, Alicja, Amelka, Antosia and Michal

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 “Our stay here came to an end. Tomorrow, April 8th , after 7 months will be leaving Dar Serca. We have accomplished what we came here for: Lester’s spine is  straight! All his vital organs: lungs, heart and stomach will start to function normally given so much needed space to grow. Upcoming months we will focus on convalescence but we already are so happy with the after-surgery results. Following pictures show how amazing job the doctors at Shriners Hospital did:  spine before surgery  Spine after surgery     We are so very grateful to all involved in reaching this results and it’s  really impossible to name these wonderful people, there were so many of them that if they’d stand shoulder to shoulder it would be very big crowd. If you only count doctors and nurses there were 12 of them assisting in first surgery and 20 assisting in the second surgery! And costs: several hundreds of dollars! Someone had to pick-up the tab and we won’t even know the names of these people but nevertheless we are deeply grateful for their so generous hearts.  The staff and so many volunteers at Dar Serca made sure that all our needs were met. But than again: Dar Serca wouldn’t be able to do anything without constant support of the whole Polonia. I cannot omit  our spiritual family in Poland and here in the US, that held Lester in their prayers at all times. One cannot achieve anything without God’s blessing. Countless visits, phone conversations, gifts and presents made Lester forget about pain and concerns. We appreciate so much every single gesture of  compassion that came our way. Thank you for everything – Lester with parents

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 Michal is already here! He came with mom on April 1st and looks like he became fast friends with Kalinka;

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   Artur came to us last Friday and on Sunday was on his way to West Palm Beach, FL where dr. Paley will take care of him. Good luck Artur!

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 Franio arrived last Wednesday, January 23rd but on Saturday he was already on his way to St. Louis, MO to get SDR procedure at Children’s Hospital   ************************************

Julia ( in the middle) left her friends Michal & Marysia at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL ; she came for an evaluation only and will be waiting for dr. Paley’s decision in Poland

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 Filip got back from a clinic in Dallas, TX on October 26th and left us yesterday to spent Christmas home, in Poland.

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 Michal joined Zuzanna and Lester last night . Arrived with mom and in couple of days he’ll be heading to Florida where he will check in into Paley Institute for scheduled surgery on left leg.

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 Antosia – another child accepted by Dr. Paley at his Institute in West Palm Beach, FL; her first surgery to start both legs reconstruction will be on Oct. 29th  Antosia enjoyed her long trip from Poland to Florida … now is plying  at the beach

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 Jakub arrived with his Mom on Oct. 16th;  after just 3 days of stay with us they left for Florida, where at Paley Institute Jakub got accepted for treatment. The series of surgeries that dr. Paley planned for him starts with hip and knee alignment

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 Zuzanna and Lester arrived last Saturday; they are approved for treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago; their moms anxiously await for the first visit with doctors that is scheduled for tomorrow, September 12th 

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 Krzys left on August 12th; after orthopedic surgery he is more than happy practicing  the art of walking; here’s what his parents say

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 Maria is 2 and she also is a patient of Paley’s Institute; arrived on August 12th, first surgery will be performed on August 20th; Maria will be there for 3 months

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 Alicja arrived on August 8th to Paley Institute in Palm Beach, FL; first surgery is scheduled on 15th and her stay is going to be no less than 8 months

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 Kacper ready for departure ! After reconstruction surgery at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, Fl  Kacper left for Poland on July 19th.

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  Krzys arrived yesterday, July 10th and will be heading to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO this Sunday, June 14th. He’ll have orthopedic surgery next Thursday.  Good luck Krzys!

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 On July 5th Olivia and Mateusz flew ever friendly LOT Polish Airlines back to Poland    Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay healthy !

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  Olivia’s back! Today she had a visit with dr. Gupta. He was happy that everything goes the way it should. And, what is most amazing thing that everyone scratches head about, including dr. Gupta,  as a side effect of the spine fusion surgery, Olivia’s feeling in left leg started coming back. Unbelievable and wonderful!

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  After 7 months of hospital stay, few surgeries and endless therapies Alan got OK to go home. After a hurtful suggestions from doctors in Poland that his right leg should be amputated, Dr. Paley from Paley Institute in Palm Beach, FL  found the way to save  it. No wonder Alany is happy as can be! We all are :)  Alan’s thank you note to all of us. Thank you Alan!

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 Mateusz walked in to our office today, literally!  it shows how successful  was SDR procedure that Mateusz underwent at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO; he will stay at Dar Serca for next couple of weeks; then he’ll be heading home. Keep on walking, Mateusz!

 Another Mateusz said goodbye to us last Wednesday; after 7 months being with, after spine fusion surgery and lots of check-ups, doctors at Shriners Hospital in Chicago let him go back to Poland; you can tell how happy Mateusz was at O’Hare airport.

 Konrad came back to us on June 19th; he’s seen dr. Hamemberg who gave thumbs up on how Konrad’s spine is adjusting; everything looks very good and everyone is very happy

 Wiktoria finally got OK from doctors at Shriners to go back home. On May 26th she was happy to be on her way to Poland. Her smile from the plane says it all.

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On February 24th Jedrek was on his way back to Poland, to pick up what he left at school. New prosthesis is as good as can be and Jedrek left very happy that the visit was so quick and fruitful. From the moment of measurements through fitting and adjusting to the point of receiving a new pair of legs, it took only 10 days. Amazing!

 Jedrek with perfect prosthesis from Shriners’ that he keeps getting since he was a little boy   He is coming back for a new set of legs on January 13th; it is only because of a constant and fantastic care of specialists in the US, he can be independent and , in his case, ride horses like a pro!   He even  can be a cowboy if he wants to…   Way to go, Jedrek! We are so proud of you!

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 First surgery is done:  Ilizarov apparatus was installed on Alan’s limb to expand the existing bone; after that doctor will decide what the next step is going to be.

 Alan is a patient of Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL; he arrived there on Friday, November 23rd  and on Monday he was already in the hospital

 Hania left on Nov. 2nd and our friends at LOT O’Hare  made her departure very easy.  As usually Zuzanna & Wladyslaw Gnarowski were there to help and assist; Hania is expected to return to Shriners Hospital next fall.

 Mateusz (here in his Halloween costume) arrived on September 27th; he a patient of Shriners Hospital in Chicago; before doctors determinate if they will be able to operate on his spine, Mateusz needs a lot of tests  which are still being run; we expect doctors decision not sooner then mid November

 Hania needs a spine surgery; she arrived on September 24, 2012 and was seen for the first time by doctors at Shriners Hospital in Chicago; after all kind of tests and check-ups they decided that Hania needs to get stronger and gain as much weight as possible in order to this surgery to be performed; they want her to be back to the hospital in a year; as for these so cute purple glasses – it’s a gift from dr. Sylvia Szewczyk of Okulista w Okolicy

 Marcin came to Dar Serca on September 13th and after very successful SDR surgery he left us on 22nd of October;  as always very friendly staff of Polish Airlines LOT at O’Hare took care of Marcin all the way to Poland

 Paulina is one of the children that got accepted at Children’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO for SDR procedure; everything went as planned and after spending some time with us after surgery, she left for Poland in September;

 Filip arrived on August 24 to meet specialists at University of Chicago Medical Center ;  in September left for Poland

On August 22nd a  little boy from Romania came to us; Laurentiu needs an artificial limb; we all made sure he and his mom were very welcome here and the prosthesis was fit and functional

On Friday, August 3rd, Jakub left for Poland   Last Saturday Wladeczek went to St. Louis to  bring Jakub, his brother, mom & dad from St. Louis, MO back to Dar Serca,   Agnieszka and her parents stayed there for another week   Wiktoria is a 9 years-old girl and arrived to us on Sunday, July 15th with her mom. Today (Thursday, the 19th) is at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago for a check-up and evaluation of her condition.

 Agnieszka arrived with both parents on Tuesday, July 3rd. Right on time to celebrate the 4TH of July with all of us here. Her first visit at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO is scheduled for Monday, July 9 2012

 Zuzia & Rafal are leaving but Olivia and Jakub accompanied them for the departure; as always Zuzanna & Wladyslaw Gnarowski are the first to greet and the last to say goodbye; Malgosia, second from left, representing ever friendly staff at LOT makes children feel right at home

 a new van has features that make any trip easy and comfortable;  on the way to the airport

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Children in hospitals- what’s new http://darserca.org/olivia-day-after/ http://darserca.org/olivia-day-after/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:12:11 +0000 http://www.darserca.org/wp/?p=3267

14256544_1229827443708745_663350495_n 14171989_1229827503708739_1563054677_n Michal’s mom writes:Because of detected complications, in the last 3 months Michal underwent 3 surgeries. Most recent once was done by dr. Palye on Michal’l knee where deep and bad infection settled. It is all over now: Michal takes his antibiotics and we hope for the best. The good news is that the bone that is being lengthened is behaving good, healing properly and as planned.

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Dawidek po operacji 1 Dawidek po opercji  Dawid’s surgery performed by dr. Paley was successful and Dawid is really happy that it’s over. The limbs’ lengthening  and reconstruction process started with installation of external fixators. When on it,  dr. Paley decided to take care of Dawid’s right hand’s deformities at the same time .
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 Jas Jas2 Jas is resting comfortably after surgery that was performed on Monday by dr. Park at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO
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PatrykPatryk is all set for adjustments that are planned by specialists to improve his arms: the left elbow’s tension that kips the whole arm bended is going to be released in such way that Patryk will be able (finally!) to operate it freely. As for the right hand,  a special prosthesis is being made by technicians and Patryk is really happy with the way the things go
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Sasinowski, Artur przed operacja '16 Artur’s surgery was yesterday; everything went very well. Speedy recovery Artur!
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Juliuszek-cw.2 Juliuszek-cw.3 Julo i sw. Mikolaj Julo w swiatecznym ogrodzie Everything is going as planned. Tomorrow casts will be removed and we’ll see the results of the surgery. . What left is just 6 rehabilitation sessions, that’s all!

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20151022_122129 20151022_153435  Jas says hello  to all GFHF/Dar Serca friends. His surgery is today at Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. Good luck Jas!
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Maja Kultys - male Maja is also a patient of dr. Paley. The most painful part is behind her but it is still long way to go.
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 11994451_10152977547030806_507535700_n miniu1 MINIUOPER1 MM Dominik had a retina surgery on 16th of September at Associated Retinal Consultants clinic in Detroit, MI. Everything went well and Dominik is recovering nicely. It is going to take 4 week for doctors to determinate if there is a need for another intervention.
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 Cholewa, zdj po operacji  Lenka didn’t take well what she had to deal with after the surgery. She was very upset by the fact that she has the fixators attached to her legs. She tried to pull them away,  hit them to the point that her small hands were turning blue… Time passed and she got used to the whole situation thanks to everyday’s practices at the clinic and at home. It is still very painful for Lenka when the screws are being turn and tighten. She cries a lot… Still, the doctors are in awe how well she takes the whole ordeal. Thank you all for the help we get  – very grateful Lenka’s mom,  Anna Cholewa
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Antos Everything is going well for Antos. He still has to have the respiratory tube installed  but only ’till September. It is really a tiny one and  . Antos breathes like there is no help at all. They even removed it for few hours and he was breathing very well . If nothing happens, we’ll be all set by the end of September. Then in a year we’ll comeback just for a plastic surgery to fix the hole where the respirator is placed. PS. Yesterday firefighters on this big red fire engine visited children in the hospital. Antos was beside himself with excitement!. What a treat! Thank you all for good wishes.

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2 3 4 The bone in Kuba’s left leg  has grown already over 6cm that made both legs almost even.  This is a huge progress – writes Kuba’s mom –  A very intense physical therapy, including 2 hours/day of swimming makes all the difference and even though it is a hard and sometimes painful process, we are both very happy with the results.

3 2 1 News from Kubus’ mom: It took  a while for Kubus to get used to the apparatus attached to his leg. He is 4 and understands a lot but this situation overwhelmed us totally. Kubus couldn’t understand at first the difficulties that he must face while walking, the pain caused by the heavy metal rings attached to his leg he must experience . Fortunately it is all behind us. It’s been over a week now since the pain is gone and Kuba does not have any difficulties with walking on his own. Every day makes it easier and better. To fulfill all the required PT and exercise routines it takes almost a whole day, every day. For a few days now we started to use a swimming pool as an additional place for his therapy. The water relaxes muscles and hamstrings and is fun altogether therefore Kubus is happy as can be, which the most important thing. Recent visit with dr. Paley was very encouraging: everything looks good, the bone is growing as it should, the sores around pins are healing, so it was a good visit. Thank you  Dar Serca for all the support we get – Kubus’ mom Agnieszka Szymelfenig.

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Mikolaj Teodorczuk 1 Mikolaj is a patient at dr. Paley’s clinic in West Palm Beach, FL. Here’s an update sent to us by his mom : yesterday the first stage of lengthening process of Mikolaj’s right leg ended!!!!! After looong 94 days we’re done with adjusting screws – the everyday excruciatly painful routine. The leg reached the demanded length, is even longer now that the other one ! Because of that the final length difference will form in much slower pace. Dr. Paley’s is taking under consideration placing an 8″ plate in place of the apparatus but it will be decided after a while. Mikolaj is happy as can be and the picture shows it best. I’m sending best wishes to all at the foundation! – Mikolaj’s mum.

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 Jas 2 Jas is a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. His mom writes: so far everything is going according to doctor’s plan. Jas received  four chemotherapy sessions so far. We hope that there will be no need for additional chemo and he’ll stay with just laser treatments  from now on.  It all will be decided after next check-up visit. So far everything goes the way it suppose to. Thank you & greetings from Jas and I to all at Dar Serca!
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 Kornelia & dr. Park Kornelia and dr. Park at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO
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Michalinka po operacji 03-13 -2015 Michalina in fourth day after a surgery of right foot & index finger; despite taking two kinds of medicine, she’s still very much in pain. Each day little bit less though… Thank you all at Dar Serca Foundation, all the volunteers & staff for making it possible that my daughter had a chance to get help here – Dorota Grzonka – Michalina’s mom
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Agatka 1  Agata is all smiles after two very serious surgeries at Shriners Hospital for Childern in Chicago; she’s already back home , meaning to Dar Serca, and ready to go shopping for she is taller for about 10 cm as result of the spine surgery. Way to go Agata!
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3 2 1 While still adjusting to life with the apparatus that is attached to her leg, Olivia enjoys recently received gifts. Mama says that plying with them makes Olivia happy.
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Oliwka z aparatem On January 13th doctor Paley installed lengthening apparatus to Oliwia’s thighbone that will lengthen her right leg 1mm per day. The goal is 8 centimeters. Oliwia will stay at the Institute ’till May 25th and then she’ll be free to go back to Poland for 4-5 months. After that time she will return to West Palm Beach for the apparatus removal.
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Zojka First surgery – fingers’ separation-  is behind us – writes Zojka’s mom –   Zoja was very brave and all the casts that she has on do not bother her a bit. They will be removed in 4 weeks. The skull surgery is planned on the beginning of January, 2015.
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Skoczek, Michal Last Friday Marcin underwent a surgery on his hip, knee and ankle joints – writes Marcin’s father – the surgery lasted over 10 hours and first two days afterwards were somewhat difficult. Now Marcin is doing good, is in good spirits and slowly but surely he is getting back to his usual self.  The physical therapy sessions already started. Marcin is 14 and that was his 37th, in dr. Paley’s words “last chance surgery”.  All previous were done in Poland and didn’t give positive results. I hope this one will enable Marcin to walk on his own without crotches and a wheelchair. We appreciate so much all the help and care that we got from all involved in Dar Serca Foundation. Because of that, what was unimaginable before, became a reality!  To all involved in DS work we thank you for financial assistance, for constant support and kindness. On behalf of Marcin and our family we send you most sincere and warm greetings! –  Marek Skoczek 
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IMAG0926Aside of his SDR procedure that Bartek just completed at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO, he had serious problems with his eyesight that needed to be taken care of by the specialists at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis immediately. Thanks to a swift and effective action of St. Louis’ Polonia and our help (the needed procedure’s cost was over $11,000) yesterday Bartek’s sight was successfully corrected. Everything went well – writes Bartek’s mom – We had a moment of uncertainty right after, when Bartek told us that he can’t see anything but darkness… After 15 minutes everything came back and we are all so very happy! From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all for making it possible!

 IMAG0907  IMAG0927  After first surgery at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO Bartus is able to move his feet like never before; these amazing results already make us so very happy  and we would like to thank Dar Serca for making it possible – writes Bartus’ mom 

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After grueling 8 hrs-long-spine surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, Kalina is back and doing amazingly well. Happy to see her already walking! 20141003_163809 DSC_0248 DSC_0252 szpital
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DSCN0332 DSCN0336 DSCN0365 DSCN0370 DSCN0372 DSCN0385 Greetings from Dominik and his mom at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Dominik underwent two surgeries and he is working hard every day to improve his walking. It’s not an easy way but he doesn’t  mind.
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SAM_0567 SAM_0631 SAM_0635Tomek’s condition is getting better with every passing day. Since Saturday , the very first day of the pt, the difference is huge. Tomek even started using a walker to move around! His right hand’s movement improved greatly as well.

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IMG_0640 IMG_0643Life revolves between the Clinic and our hotel – writes Agnieszka’s mom –  Agnes is doing very well as far as the pt goes. Wounds are healing nicely and we can’t wait for the follow-up visit with dr. Paley scheduled for September 8th.

IMG_0587 IMG_0584 Scheduled for August 13th surgery went as planned and was successful. Even though it was suppose to take 16 hours, doctors were done after 10 hours, which was a good sign. Dr. Paley was happy with the results and  said ” looks very good, perfect!” What was important to me it was the fact that I could be with Agnieszka at the operating room until she was anaesthetized . She is in some pain but overall Agnieszka is taking everything with a smile and understanding. Every day her condition is improving and the first post-surgery check-up visit with dr. Paley went very well. He likes the improvement and we do too.

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Damian underwent a very serious surgery on his hands and feet. last Thursday. He was discharged from Shriners Hospital on Friday and is doing great! Today he started play on his computer and despite the pain, he is making his fingers move! Speedy recovery Damian! 1 2 3

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 Michal went to the hospital to get one surgery and ended up having two at the same time. Dr. Reddy decided that he has to take care of urinary tract right there and then.  Michal took it as a champ! What left now is a long healing process and pain, but he is getting better and better each passing day. 

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 Amelia’s surgery lasted over 10 hours but everything went very well. There was a little misfortune on the way though: the cast in the hill area was made too tight and after few days there were blisters that very quick turned into a wound. Everything is ok now but Amelia is still taking painkillers.

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 Michal is already at Childrens’ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH; his surgery is scheduled for April 21st

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 Kacper underwent a throat surgery few days ago; he is doing good, little bit weak but every day brings some healing.

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   Alan couldn’t be happier feeling free of the brace and with restored leg…

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 Last Wednesday doctor Paley finally freed Maria from the Ilizarov apparatus. She’s not used to not be able to bend her knee so, she is not very happy with a cast that keeps her leg straight. It will take some time and few sleepless nights for her to adjust to this uncomfortable situation.

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  Michal’s surgery is over and he’s back to the hotel. Dr. Paley is happy with the results and Michal slowly but surely is getting better and better each day.

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Artur underwent hip, knee & ankle  reconstruction surgery at Paley’s Institute; everything went very well – says Artur’s mom. Up until the day of surgery dr. Paley wasn’t sure if he will be able to do all three joints at once but he did it perfectly!   Because of that dr. Paley can now plan the next step : lengthen Artur’s right femur

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 Kacper is already at Shriners Hospital in Boston , MA and dr. Lawlor saw him for the first time for an evaluation; today Kacper is scheduled for an endoscopy . Let’s hope that all tests’ results will enable doctors to eliminate a cleft in Kacper’s larynx.

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 Lester is still at Shriners Hospital but is about to leave  after very successful spine surgery

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  So far everything goes according to the plan. Last Thursday Frank underwent SDR surgery and the rehabilitation started right away. As a result, he made few steps on his own already! In next couple of days we’ll know if there will be a need for an additional surgery.

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  Kaja’s second surgery on her  features went as planned; now it is time for rehabilitation & rest. It will take a while before severe swelling will disappear but Kaja is very brave and ignores it although there are moments that she just feel like crying, which is completely understandable.

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  Ala is comforted by her Mom after right foot correction surgery that took few days ago

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Our Zuzanna, even though yesterday she underwent a very serious spinal fusion surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, smiles happily and talks with an energy that we all could use… She is resting comfortably at ICU and, according to her doctor, everything went very well. Speedy recovery Zuzia !

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Malgosia is doing alright (there are some side effects e.g. itching & peeling skin, nothing major) but she is waiting what dr.  Paley will say during the up coming control visit next week.  As far as healing goes, everything is looking good… On the photo: Antosia stopped by for a little chat.

Hello from Florida: these are the children that are  dr. Paley’s patients at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL and who are under GFHF care;

 The Illizarov apparatus was finally removed and Malgosia is looking forward to enjoy long-planned trip to see dolphins. In her words, if only she could touch & talk to one, it would make her leg heal and grow so much faster… This dream is so easy to fulfill, at least the first part.. It is going to be a long process of rehabilitation but every day brings some improvements. Speedy recovery Malgosia and have fun with dolphins!

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  Kuba is in a process of rehabilitation of treated leg; three times a week he is undergoing intensive physical therapy that will end next week. On December 2nd dr. Paley will decide what is going to be next. If x-rays and check-up will come up ok, Kuba will go back home to Poland right on time for Christmas.

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  Michal is resting comfortably after the surgery. Took it very well and we wish him speedy recovery.

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  Filip is resting after today’s surgery; everything went well and doctors are happy with results

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  Jakub  is recuperating after recent surgery. Good news:  today casts from both legs and upper torso will be removed. After that only left leg will be set in a new, removable cast/brace. It will make all the difference : with light cast  Jakub will be able to get out of bed and move around.

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    Ala is still at Paley’s Institute and she is doing well; we sent Ala a couple of gifts for her to play with and forget for a while about this big machine that her leg is trapped in

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  Marysia went through a lot while at Paley Institute in West Palm Beach: lots of pain, additional procedures, infections and more pain. Fortunately, it is all behind her now. Doctors managed to eliminate infections, ease the pain and clean the wound. Now Marysia can again enjoy beautiful surroundings and smile. We were looking for good news and it seems like everything is on the right track .

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 Despite little infection that crippled into fresh wounds Ala is doing just fine; takes some antibiotics and enjoys as much as possible the place where she is right now – West Palm Beach, Fl  

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 Even though Marysia still has a hard time to sleep through the night , days make up for it totally; physiotherapists at Paley’s Institute are amazed how fit and strong Marysia is and because of that she was able to start to move around on her own after 13 days after the surgery!

 Marysia’s surgery was not easy but successful. Doctor Paley who performed the surgery at Paley Institute in W. Palm Beach , Fl is very happy with the result. Yesterday Marysia was released from the clinic and even though there is still a long way to full recovery her parents are very satisfied and absolutely ecstatic with the fact that the process of fixing Marysia’s leg has started.    

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 Sonia arrived last Wednesday, the 14th, but today she’s already at Childrens Hospital in St. Louis , Mo where she is being prepared for SDR procedure; first surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday

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 On July 1st Kacper became one of GFHF children; Kacper is a patient of Dr. Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL

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Olivia just finished the first phase of treatments at Paleys Insitute in Palm Beach, Fl; she’s heading home on 3rd of July. She’ll be back in couple of years.

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 Mateusz at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO ;   resting after  SDR procedure ; couple more days and Mateusz will be on his way to full recovery

  Mateusz came last Thursday and today he is already at Chidren’s Hospital  in St. Louis, MO ; Mateusz is being prepared for SDR procedure that will take place this Thursday.  On their way from the airport Mateusz and his Mom had a chance to took some pictures with very friendly Schiller Park Police.

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 Alan turned 3!  and is celebrating this big number in Mom’s arms;  we are very happy that he decided to start walk all by himself here, in Dar Serca, few day ago… Happy Birthday Alan!

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Oliwia came to us few days ago. She is already at Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. First of few surgeries that are planned for her there happened last night.  Read more in Memoirs

  

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Malgosia is the latest child that Dar Serca took under care; she is a patient of Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL ; here Malgosia is resting comfortably after recent surgery

 Mateusz resting after Tuesday’s surgery; everything goes as planned; Mateusz is doing good

Wiktoria still in the hospital; all in smiles waiting for doctors’ visit

  Kaja is still in Children’s Hospital in Dallas , TX. It is going to take time before the whole process of bone reconstruction will be over. Before departure to Poland, Kaja will come to Dar Serca on Feb. 9th.

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Alan is doing very well. Last Friday Dr Paley ensured us that everything is going the way he wanted to. The foot started to turn into the right position, the bones’ expanded significantly: one for 37 millimeters, another  for 25 millimeters. It’s totally amazing! Dr Paley is simply a miracle maker!

Last week Alan had a first of a series surgeries that he’s scheduled to have. Alan’s mom wrote to us:  Alan is doing really good and Dr Paley says that everything went the way he wanted to. Today , even though he doesn’t like Ilizarov apparatus that has been applied to his leg, Alan says he’s feeling all right. I try to explain that everything needs time and he’ll get used to this situation. And that every day will bring positive changes… (Alan is a patient of Dr. Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL)

 Wiktoria’s spine surgery that was performed at Shriners Hospital yesterday (Nov. 27th) went very well; this picture was taken today and Wiktoria is already all smiles; get well soon Wiktoria and we all wish you speedy recovery!

 Nov. 9th, Olivia still at Shriners Hospital recuperating, busy playing, looking sweet; loves when visitors come;

 After long 4 months of waiting, it’s over: Olivia underwent a very serious spine surgery on October 30th and she is doing great! On this picture she is resting comfortable, she is actually sitting (sic!) which makes even hospital’s staff wonder how’s it possible… we are so very happy that the surgery that lasted almost 8 hours, Olivia didn’t need much of help of ICU and if it was up to her she would be able to left hospital today;

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Cruisin’ For Charity V http://darserca.org/cruisin-for-charity-v/ http://darserca.org/cruisin-for-charity-v/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:01:32 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=7945 1 2 3 4 5 67 8 9 10 10a 11 12 13 13a 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33cruise-flyer-front-webevent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruisin’ for Charity V – June 26, Sunday

A Navy Pier Luxury cruise event to benefit the Gift from the Heart Foundation, assisting children with disabilities since 1988.

Enjoy this beautiful summer day on the sunny waters of Lake Michigan, to support programs for kids with disabilities of Gift from the Heart Foundation. On Sunday, June 26th, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 4 pm, guests will board luxury SPIRIT OF CHICAGO cruise ship departing from Navy Pier, Chicago. Tickets can be purchased online or via phone and are priced as: $85 early bird special until June 20th and regular at $100 per person. Included in the ticket price is a buffet dinner, sweet table and open bar!

Great dance music provided by: Effect Music Band, DJ KW & DJ Seba.

Wonderful company and excellent time with family and friends.

Throughout the event, everyone is welcome to network and mingle on the luxury boat, enjoy captivating views of the Chicago skyline. Participants will also have an opportunity to win an assortment of raffle prizes, with all proceeds benefiting Gift from the Heart Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the children of Gift from the Heart Foundation.

This event will sell out! Get your tickets now and invite your friends to this great event!

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CAR LOTTERY http://darserca.org/car-lottery/ http://darserca.org/car-lottery/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 20:09:58 +0000 http://darserca.org/?p=7908  Samochod na Loterie - small

 

 

 

 

Win a car !

Special Lottery for the 20115 Ford Fiesta S .

Only 200 tickets – $ 100/each. Do not wait, buy a ticket today. Drawing to be held at the Dar Serca / Gift from the Heart Foundation Picnic on June 19th, 2016 at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St, Stone Park.

You have to be 18 and don’t need to be present to win.

Click and buy lucky number!

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For info. Call 847-671-2711

 

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