Voice of our Ukrainian-American community

As war rages in their beloved Ukraine, Ukrainian Americans working and learning at UConn Health continue their daily duties while finding ways to help the people of Ukraine cope with the health and humanitarian crisis. Seeing their loved ones on television and on social networks fighting for their survival is not an easy task according to these employees and students.

If you would like to lend your personal support, members of the Ukrainian-American community at UConn Health share these vetted and reputable nonprofits that provide direct relief to Ukraine: Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA), Maidan United, Razom for Ukraine, Risen Soldiers Ukraine and Save the children.

Here are some of the many Ukrainian-American voices at UConn Health:

“I am first generation here in the United States and am especially proud of my Ukrainian roots in these troubled times. It is imperative that the United States assist Ukraine in any way possible! They must send more weapons so that Ukraine has a fair chance against Russia in this war.
– Tania Zborowski, Program Assistant, Department of Care Coordination, UConn Health

“I am a sonographer at UConn Health, I represent Ukraine and I choose peace. My husband and I are both immigrants, me from Poland and he from Ukraine. We are devastated by what is happening to our families and to the Ukrainian people. As a nation, we must unite in our efforts to support Ukraine. We must stop the cruel and unimaginable suffering of men, women and children who just want peace.
– Megi Dzidzitsky, Ultrasound Technician, Ultrasound, UConn Health

“It’s a feeling of helplessness to be here when you know the tragedies that are taking place at home. You protest and fundraise, but you still feel guilty for not doing enough. Our brave people have shown their readiness to fight for freedom and democracy around the world, but they need our support now more than ever. Please don’t let our people suffer for nothing.
– Marko Dzidzitsky, RN, Float Pool, UConn John Dempsey Hospital

“With family in Ukraine and as a Ukrainian-American, it is heartbreaking to see so many innocent lives of men, women and children lost. Ukraine has its beautiful language, its history, its land and its traditions which they believe are worth fighting to the end. The beautiful country that is Ukraine deserves to be self-sufficient and free.
-Oksana Voronchak, RN, orthopaedics/med-surgery 5and floor, UConn John Dempsey Hospital

“It’s a heartbreaking feeling to come to work and treat patients with all the drugs and remedies I could possibly need, then turn on the television to see my country desperately short of basic medical supplies. The guilt and the The sadness I feel around this dichotomy weighs more heavily with each passing day. As a country that is setting a precedent for freedom, we cannot sit idly by and watch such a brave republic stand alone. Our community is more much appreciated for the strong words of support. However, I can’t help but wonder what more I can do as a Ukrainian American to help my homeland. So far, I have personally collected about $1000 or so through small donations of $5 to $25 from my friends and family all to go directly to medical supplies and equipment on the lines of Ukrainian front. I am touched to have the support of my community.
-Alexa Zborowski, RN, Emergency Department

“I beg you to do everything in your power to stop the senseless war in Ukraine. I was born in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and grew up in the Obolon district, north of Kiev, by the two people who are dear to me, my mother and my father. These same people, my parents, are now stuck in their apartment in one of the skyscrapers of Obolon, preparing for an imminent military assault on Kiev, besieged by the Russian army. This war has a human face. It is not an obscure conflict in a place far from you. It is already impacting your community, hurting your neighbors, colleagues, friends. Offer your sympathy and support to the Ukrainian people defending their homes Ask your representatives to use all possible means to stop the massacre.
-Dmitry Korzhniev, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, UConn School of Medicine

“I am a third year medical student here at UConn School of Medicine. I am also a Ukrainian by birth and a first generation immigrant with the majority of my family still living there. A specific donation of medical supplies is being sent to Ukraine as well as to the Ukrainian-Polish border. A specific collection is organized by UMANA, the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America led by Dr. Leo Wolansky, MD (our chair of radiology here at UConn Health). They are currently collecting basic medical supplies. All donations provide a huge benefit to the Ukrainian people. I have also personally raised over $3,000 and counting through donations and a fundraiser for bracelet making. All funds will go directly to some of the organizations listed. I could not have done this without my classmates here at UConn Health, whose support for me and my homeland during these unimaginable times has been outstanding. Fundraising for the medical student bracelet can be reached at: [email protected]
-Anya Brych, medical student, UConn School of Medicine

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