My name is Alexander Tsaruk. In 2020, I was an observer at the presidential election of the United Civil Party (UCP). In response to election fraud and violations, I took to the streets and joined mass protests. My activism led to several detentions and a total of 40 days behind bars.
Following this, in February 2022, when the war in Ukraine began, I decided to join the Belarusians volunteers in the Kalinowski Battalion (PKK). I was under the command of Commander Volat. My life changed dramatically when Volat was killed and I was one of the last people to see him alive. When Commander Volat was evacuated, I covered the evacuation of the group.
Further health problems were the reason I returned to Vilnius in June 2022. The diagnosis — destruction of the hip joint — forced me to take strong painkillers every day. But it turned out that life had prepared another challenge: in May 2023, examinations revealed oncology (squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck). A 10-hour surgery saved my life. Now my long road to recovery requires a course of radio-beam therapy.
For more than a year I cannot work, but I continue to be an activist, and as a volunteer I help volunteers in Ukraine and families of fallen fighters. Now myself in a difficult situation, I ask for your support for the time of treatment.
How much is needed?
Due to the length of the treatment period, which will require the prescription of medication hormone replacement therapy, chemotherapy and long-term rehabilitation, approximate costs for a month:
- -Rent: €400
- -Necessary medications and vitamins: €100
- -Enteral nutrition: €100
Please note that these costs are subject to change depending on specific circumstances and treatment requirements.