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 October 19, 2014

 On November 6, a team of Canadian medical professionals will travel to Ukraine to perform reconstructive surgical procedures on victims of the Euromaidan movement and Vladimir Putin’s invasion into Eastern Ukraine.

 The mission is supported by the Canada Ukraine Foundation and Operation Rainbow Canada, under the patronage of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The medical team of more than 20 professionals is comprised entirely of volunteers and includes surgeons, anesthetists, and nurses. The team is assembled from across Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto.  They will treat facial and upper extremity trauma, post-traumatic craniofacial deformities, soft tissue defects and scars, and upper extremity disorders. 

 “We are looking forward to helping those with the greatest need in Ukraine.  Our primary objective is to ensure that every patient receives the safest and most effective treatment for their condition, and that patients benefit from the same sophisticated technology, procedures and expertise that Canadians have access to,” said  Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn, Head of the Adult Craniofacial Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Toronto. “Our second objective is to promote surgical education by actively engaging local medical professionals, and to prepare them to treat injuries and post-traumatic deformities as effectively as possible going forward.”

Funding for the mission comes largely from “United for Ukraine”, a fundraiser organized by the Canada Ukraine Foundation in September, attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Wayne Gretzky. The Toronto fundraiser was attended by almost 1200 people and raised upwards of $200,000.

 “I am grateful to the Canada Ukraine Foundation and to the thousands of Canadians who donated to our mission,” said Antonyshyn.

The Canada Ukraine Foundation is thankful for the support of Stryker Canada, who has awarded the mission a grant which provides for virtually all surgical hardware and implant materials for the medical procedures.

 The Canada Ukraine Foundation is grateful to the sponsors of United for Ukraine, who made this mission possible. They include: Eugene Melnyk, Canadian Tire, Molson Coors Canada, the Temerty Family, the Ihnatowycz Family, Bell Canada, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Jacyk Foundation, the Ukrainian Credit Union, Buduchnist Credit Union, Buduchnist Foundation, Caravan Logistics, Yarcia Huculak and Family, CIBC, Manulife, and Community Trust Credit Union.

The Canada Ukraine Foundation was established by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to coordinate, develop, organize and deliver assistance projects generated by Canadians and directed to Ukraine. It is a registered charitable foundation. 



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