Parents' Letter (May 17, 2012)
Dear Chance Foundation founders,
My name is Natalia Makoed. I’d like to tell you about my daughter Elena Skalkina. She is 11.
Everybody in our family loves Lena. But she often feels sad and cries. She is sad because summer is coming and she won’t be able to sunbathe and will have to wear long-sleeved shirts all the time. She cries because she longs to do ballroom dancing and can’t for her complex prevents her from dancing in low-necked or sleeveless dresses.
When Lena was 2,5 years old, she toppled over a teapot with boiling water. The severe burns resulted in afterburn cicatricial deformity of body, upper left extremity, left elbow joint. She also has shrinking scars on her left shoulder and left elbow joint. Lena underwent several skin transplantation surgeries but there are still multiple scars left. For a teenager it’s a cause of a terrible complex. She often asks if she will be able to be a wife and have children. But everybody hides their eyes full of tears in reply.
Lena was recommended to have a plastic surgery with the use of expanders which cost a lot. Our family have no means to buy them. And we are sick at heart when we try to find ways to help our girl. She wants to be happy and have fun with her friends. We are asking you to respond to our misfortune and help us purchase the expanders. We hope so much for your help.
Thank you in advance,
June 26, 2012
Today we have remitted the payment for the expanders — $ 1 230.