We recently granted a special dream for a 23 year old who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her dream was to do a Polish language course whilst helping the Refugees in Ukraine.
Here is her story:
‘Thanks to the Dream Factory, I was able to spend a month in Poland. I spent a week and a half volunteering as a Russian-speaker at the train station in Przemyśl on the Polish/Ukrainian border, through which tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have been passing every day since the beginning of the war. I studied Russian at university, but had to cut my year abroad in Moscow short first due to cancer, then due to Covid. It has felt important and revelatory to use my Russian again in a way which feels, crucially, both useful and hopeful in spite of the atrocities being committed by the Russian state. I am spending the final three weeks of my time in Poland at language school in Warsaw. Intrigued by my Polish-Jewish heritage, I started studying Polish during my final year of university, and hope to continue to do so at graduate level. My stay in Poland has been invaluable in showing me how it is possible to continue to travel and research as a Slavonic studies student – both after my cancer, and after the Russian invasion of Ukraine’
Due to the sensitive nature of this dream we have had to keep personal details confidential