Valparaiso family takes in family of 8 Ukrainian refugees, including one battling cancer

Valparaiso family takes in family of 8 Ukrainian refugees, including one battling cancer

VALPARAISO, Ind. (TOC) — A northwest Indiana household has opened their residence to a refugee household of eight from Ukraine, together with one in all who’s battling most cancers.

From war-torn Ukraine to a family-friendly soccer recreation in a Valparaiso subdivision, it has been an extended and exhausting 100 days for the Didek household.

“Each time we keep in mind the way it was, we all the time cry,” Mykhalo Didek stated.

Mykhalo Didek was already in america finding out English when Russia invaded Ukraine. He instantly advised his spouse, who labored as decide within the Ukrainian metropolis of Polonne, to drive the household to Poland as quickly as attainable.

“Whereas we have been driving, I used to be nervous and had an accident – my automotive crashed,” Didek stated.

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The automotive accident was adopted by brutal days making an attempt to catch a practice to the border. Then, from Poland to the Mexican border the place Mariaa Didek, her 4 youngsters and two future son-in-laws waited for weeks to get to the Chicago space to satisfy up with Mykylo.

Valparaiso resident Julie Carter volunteered to take your entire household in.

“They did not wish to be separated, so we weren’t going to try this,” Carter stated.

Carter discovered faculties for the youthful youngsters and free medical remedy for future son-in-law Mykyta Maslov, who was identified with most cancers simply days earlier than the struggle started.

“I attempt in any respect time to be optimistic as a result of I centered on my remedy,” Maslov stated.

Maslov stated he was extra nervous about his personal mom, who lived in a constructing that was bombed. Whereas all want to return to Ukraine, they notice the longer term is unknown.

For now, house is Valparaiso with the Carter household.

“They will keep so long as they should,” Carter stated. “Once they do depart, at any time when that’s, we can be household without end.”

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