Hvorostovsky was the mastermind of the movement, helping children arnaboldi

© RIA Novosti / Nina Sociability in fotobanka Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Archival photoHvorostovsky was the mastermind of the movement, helping children arnaboldi© RIA Novosti news Agency / Nina Sociability the image Bank

Russian Opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky, without knowing it, was the mastermind of the Unity movement in Russia that helps children with cancer, told RIA Novosti, the founder of the project Alena Kuzmenko.

At the end of 2015 it is the responsiveness of the team Hvorostovsky in response to the struggle her mother Svetlana Kuzmenko cancer prompted Allen to establish this movement in Russia. Later it was supported by prominent cultural figures, businessmen, cosmonauts.

The voice of Hvorostovsky as medicine

Concerts Hvorostovsky is actually twice returned Svetlana Kuzmenko, where doctors gave not more than a month, for life.

«First time at a concert Hvorostovsky we were in 2014, when my mother was in Istanbul. We have just started our treatment. My mother was a very heavy chemotherapy. And I tried to distract her. The concert hall was near our clinic. And I bought tickets, not knowing whether I will be able to take it to the concert. But we still came. Mom was in the complicated boundary condition. Then we often recalled this concert. She sat and sang together with Hvorostovsky. It was hard for her, but it was already a great victory,» — says Alena.

After Kuzmenko obtained the inclusion of mothers in the program at Yale University. «We went to America, my mother went to Yale school of music every day, it really helped. But then she again became worse, and expelled us from the group of clinical trials. It was the end of 2015, and we are forced to return home to Moscow,» she says.

Alena admitted that «it was a tough blow.» «When we came back, without music and without art mother fell into a severe depression. It was at that moment I had an idea to help her with drawing, art-therapy», — said the Agency interlocutor.

«I also started to look for concerts to help her. To cheer her up somehow. And I learned that in Moscow held a concert Hvorostovsky. Tickets are already almost was not. But I have written to the site, described our history. And get an instant response from his PR Director Elena that they will be glad to see us. After I learned that they provide free tickets to children from music schools, low-income families,» — says Alena.

The conversion was done a few days before the concert, and Elena expressed regret for not being able to provide a more comfortable place. «Although the seats were great – on the tenth row,» says Alain.

«Mom cheered, and we then began to actively develop our movement in Russia. And not only the concert we were forced to do it, and what the people responded, responded. When you feel that sense of ownership, somehow easier,» she added.

According to her, «this concert was such a starting point». «We started to think that we can start our movement. Before that I was disappointed that in the U.S. so much for the cancer patients, and in Russia there is nothing. It seemed to me that the people we are not as responsive. But this concert changed my attitude,» — said Kuzmenko.

Hvorostovsky, the last few years fighting with a brain tumor, died Wednesday in London at the age of 55 years.

«For me, this news is very difficult, especially given the departure of the mother, which was not recently. But such people as he do not give give up. Give the strength to move on,» concluded Alena.

The Unity movement received its name in honor of the international art project «space Suit».

Art project «space Suit», the mission of which is to attract international attention to the problem of cancer, to unite people who have faced this problem, to give them hope for recovery, was established several years ago by NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and artist Ian SAYEN. Since then, space has been sent already painted three of the suit, including «Unity» («Unity»), the creation of which was attended by Russian children, together with patients from USA, Canada, Japan and Germany.

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