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Fundraiser Ukrainian boy's cancer treatment cancelled as Russia destroys Kyiv hospital

Five-year-old Leonid has leukaemia and was due to receive a bone marrow transplant in Kyiv last week.

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A fundraiser for a young Ukrainian boy who was forced to cancel his cancer treatment in Ukraine has raised almost €3,000.

Five-year-old Leonid has leukaemia and was due to receive a bone marrow transplant in Kyiv last week.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continued, Leonid and his parents were told to leave the country and seek help somewhere abroad.

The family arrived in Ireland in recent days and have since been informed that the hospital where Leonid’s treatment was due to take place has been destroyed by Russian forces.

Alexander Walden, a relative of Leonid’s, has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for treatments in Ireland.

Mr Walden thanked those who helped Leonid and his parents arrive in the country safely before saying that any excess money donated to the fundraiser would be given to the Irish Cancer Society.

The fundraiser, which was created on Monday, has already surpassed its original goal of €1,000 and raised €2,745 to date.

In a statement on the GoFundMe page, Mr Walden said: “Hi all, I am fundraising for my cousin’s five-year-old son who was meant to receive a bone marrow transplant for his condition.

"Leonid has leukaemia, and was due to get his transplant treatment in Kyiv last week, as the conflict between Ukraine and Russia got worse, Leonid’s parents were told to leave the country and seek help somewhere abroad, since then we have been told that the hospital in Kyiv he was due to go to had been bombed.

"Getting them to Ireland couldn’t have been possible without the help of Michael Collins and Valerie, so I would like to thank them deeply on behalf of my family.

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"I am asking for any help you can to help with his treatment, any profits will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society. Thank you," he added.

Donations can be made to the cause here.

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