Award for contribution to the development of virotherapy served to “Climb for Cancer” participants from Russia and Ukraine

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On the first working day of December, “Climb for Cancer” participants Kristina Jakovenko from Ukraine and Zoja Sokolova from Russia came to visit the Virotherapy Foundation. This summer both women, together with six other oncology patients took part in the “Climb For Cancer” expedition in Alps where they climbed mountains and even considered attempting Mont Blanc.

They received the award honouring their courage to take up the challenge to climb mountains in order to inspire and support other cancer patients all around the world.

After receiving the award, both women signed an open thank you letter to Aina Mucenience. Both patients have used virotherapy as their treatment. Kristina was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma five years ago, whereas Zoja was diagnosed with sarcoma six years ago. For both of them, the treatment has been successful and they have proven that cancer is not a death sentence.

Last month, four more “Climb for Cancer” participants were served awards for their contribution to the development of virotherapy.

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Artists Mareks Odumiņš and Una Lekuze are awarded incentive bonuses at the art contest “Art wins!”

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It is common that during national holidays, people who have achieved a lot in their fields are awarded. Just before the celebration, within the framework of the contest “Art wins!”, incentive bonuses have been awarded to artists Una Lekuze and Mareks Odumiņš. Mareks, paints with the paintbrush in his mouth, due to severe injuries he has sustained to his body.

During the award ceremony, artist Una Lekuze said that art has always been in her life. “Although, when I was a child, I considered such professions as doctor and lawyer, when I graduated from school, I devoted myself to art completely. Painting was a necessity to me! Painting is a mystery – one can never know, how long it will take to finish a painting and what the result will be. I have some paintings that have took me a year, other artists sometimes paint one painting for years and when viewing a painting, one can see how easy or difficult it has come. Sometimes everything happens as I want to, but sometimes, the work develops differently,” said Lekuze.

Artworks can inspire people and help them to retain optimism and cheerful mind in difficult situations. Artists themselves need inspiration and they find it in different places. Una Lekuze tells about her inspirers and idols: “My first mentors in the art world were Kārlis Dobrājs and Inta Dobrāja, these artists will remain close to me forever. I also adore the work by Imants Vecozols. In my opinion, he is one of the most wonderful Latvian artists. As to the foreign artists, the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is also my great inspiration.”

Artist Mareks Odumiņš turned to painting after a severe injury. In the beginning, art was his hobby, but now, his artworks are very demanded and respected. “Initially, it was not even painting, I was just messing around with acrylic paints, afterwards, I got interested more and more. I gave my artworks as gifts to people and I saw they liked them. This made me happy and I wanted to create more. Then I was asked if my paintings can be bought and then I thought I could earn money by painting. To me, art is a way how to tune out. When I paint, I am completely relaxed. With a painting I can show everything I have in my heart and soul, I can give all the light to others,” said Odumiņš.

The art competition “Art wins!” organised by Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation goes on. Each and every artist, emerging artist, or enthusiast is invited to submit their artwork dedicated to inspiring people who fight oncological disease.

More information about contest and participation: http://www.virotherapyfoundation.org/en/art/

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“Climb for Cancer” chronicle

Look back to the two-week-long expedition, where representatives from six countries — eight oncology patients reached several mountain peaks, thus showing support to effective and considerate cancer treatments and proving to the world that diagnosis “cancer” is not a death sentence.

Part of the team reached also the highest summit of the Alps – Mont Blanc at the altitude of 4810 meters.

Eight patients who call themselves “cancer warriors” made their way up the mountains by overcoming themselves and their illness, thus inspiring other patients and proving that you can reach the highest goals and overcome most difficult obstacles even if you have cancer in advanced and late stages, if you use considerate and efficient treatment. The group started its expedition on 29 July and peak by peak enjoyed the French Alps.

More information: http://www.virotherapyfoundation.org/…

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Participant of initiative “Climb for Cancer” Solyzhan Elsunkayev received award for his contribution to the development of virotherapy

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On Thursday, November 9, one of the founders of Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation, the grandson of scientist Aina Muceniece Jurģis Auziņš personally arrived in Chechnya, at workplace of “Climb for Cancer” team member S. Elsunayev who works at Chechen election commission and in front of his principal Umar Baihanov and colleagues, solemnly presented him with award for the contribution to the development of virotherapy.

S. Elsunkayev was honored for his courage to accept the challenge to participate in “Climb for Cancer” expedition and attempt Mont Blanc to inspire and support cancer patients around the world.

Last week three Latvian “cancer warriors” Mrs. Zane Cinglere – Kraukle, Mrs. Indra Vālande and Mr. Jevgēnijs Odincovs also received awards for their role in the expedition.

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An invitation to sign an open thank-you letter addressed to the scientist Aina Muceniece

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In response to invitation by cancer patients, Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation has drafted an open thank-you letter on the contribution of the Latvian scientist to medicine and availability of the anticancer medicine she developed. The Foundation, patients, their friends and relatives, and some Latvian oncologists already signed the letter thus expressing gratitude to the contribution of the outstanding Latvian scientist to the development of anticancer medicine.

The letter underlines the importance of virotherapy in lives of many people and expresses gratitude for the availability of the virotherapy medicine developed by the scientist. It thanks medical professionals, the State of Latvia, its representatives and all people whose work has resulted in the possibility for many patients in Latvia and abroad to access this safe and innovative cancer treatment.

The first to sign the letter were patients from Latvia who participated in the initiative “Climb for Cancer” organised by the Virotherapy Foundation in the Alps this summer. They challenged the mountains and proved that diagnosis “cancer” is not a death sentence.

“Climb for Cancer” participant Indra Vālande says: “I am a victim of the “traditional cancer treatment”. Twice. I think that people must be able to choose between treatment methods. If I had to continue treatment I would choose virotherapy, because I know people whom it has helped. That is why I signed this letter.”

Virotherapy Foundation invite virotherapy patients, their friends and relatives, and other people who admire the work and results of Aina Muceniece to sign the letter on the Virotherapy Foundation website. You can also sign at Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation office, P. Brieža iela 15, Riga, on working days from 10.00–17.00.

Participants of “Climb for Cancer” are awarded for the contribution to the development of virotherapy

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On Friday, 3rd of November in the ceremonial atmosphere A.Muceniece Virotherapy foundation awards were presented to three courageous cancer warriors – Mrs. Zane Cinglere-Kraukle, Mrs. Indra Vālande and Mr. Jevgēnijs Odincovs who participated in the initiative “Climb for Cancer” this summer. We send warm greetings to the participants of the climb that could not join us today – Elita Bušmane (Latvia), Kristina Jakovenko (Ukraine), Solyzhan Elsunkayev (Chechnya) and Zoja Sokolova (Russia).

Awards were presented by Jurgis Auzins, Chairman of the Board of Rigvir Holding and grandson of Mrs. A.Muceniece. He expressed gratitude and appreciation to the awardees for their courage and commitment to take the challenge of climbing Mont Blanc to inspire and support cancer patients around the world.

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New artworks of the art contest #makslauzvar

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Sandris Štāls “Store of Dreams”

Short information about the author:

I am 21 years old and photography is my passion. I am not a talented painter, I can only see the world through the eye of camera. It fascinates me, therefore I consider studying the art of professional photography. There is no doubt dreams do come true and everything starts with a little something, that is why I want to grasp this opportunity to participate in the competition and to introduce my photographs to others, to give joy, to give hope and to make people think of what they are blessed with and why it is worth living.

Short information about the work:

When at store, we can only buy what we can afford, depending on how much we have. But when at the Store of Dreams, everything is affordable — all you dream of, all you want to get, hope, joy, or anything else you desire. Just let your imagination fly and pay attention to your feelings and emotions instead of material values. Who needs them, while you can live?

 

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Sandris Štāls “I am Holding You”

Each of us may face problems, including me now, and there is no way of escaping them. But there are people around me helping me to cope with them. Each of us have our own guarding angel. Therefore, I am thankful for whatever life gives me, and you should do the same.

Irrespective of how we are, there is always someone with us. Someone who holds our hand, someone with whom we can share all the troubles and worries. We are not alone, and we may never forget that.

 

More information about our contest can be found at our homepage .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery of artworks submitted to the contest

Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation’s announced permanent and international artwork competition to support oncology patients and their relatives continues! More information: Art contest

More information about authors and works you can find at our homepage !

Virotherapy foundation has already opened its first artwork exhibition, information about it, can be found here: “Art Wins!”

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Patients share their stories: Juris

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The wife’s story of her husband’s experience with virotherapy. The patient and the author of this letter are known to us, but per request of the involved persons, we only publish their names.

Ingrīda about her husband Juris:

My husband would have died long time ago, if he would not use virotherapy.

In 2012, in Germany, Juris was diagnosed with prostate cancer with evaluation 8 that was rapidly growing. He had three large lymphatic glands in his stomach. The doctors did not advise to perform any surgeries.

Their estimate was that my husband could live approximately two years, not more. Back then, the PSA increased by 20 units per month, reaching 96, and the hormonal therapy could not stop it.

We decided to start virotherapy treatment. Virotherapy injections stopped development of tumours. After a year, the two large lymphatic glands ceased, and after 2 years, also the last one. The growth pace of prostate cancer increased, but very slowly. The virotherapy injections gave us a year free of hormone therapy that has many side effects.

Financially, it was not possible for us to use virotherapy, therefore we reduced it to once in 3 months which was a mistake. We had to return to hormone therapy and virotherapy the combination of which normalised PSA and consequently we could use virotherapy only.

I know other people who have used virotherapy.

For example, the chimney-sweep of our house has also been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he has the same results as my husband. Moreover, I know a scientist, whose name, however, I cannot disclose, who all her life was against the virus theory in the aetiology of cancer, but when she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself, she started using virotherapy and won the cancer.

Unfortunately, virotherapy is not an option to everybody, this should be changed as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,
Ingrīda

17.10.2017.

With incentive bonus awarded one more artwork in the art contest organised by Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation

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Another artwork – Ilzes Kalvāne’s painting “Little Love” – was awarded with the incentive bonus of 200 euros in the art competition organized by the Aina Mucenice Virotherapy Foundation. At the meeting, when incentive bonus was received, the author shared with us her thoughts on art and its significance.

Artist Ilze Kalvāne: Art can change the world!

Ilze Kalvāne is a painter and illustration designer whose rich imagination serves as an inspiration providing her plots for her artworks. Kalvāne has studied illustration design at New York School of Visual Arts, and she has participated at several contemporary art exhibitions in Latvia, USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia and Belarus, as well as illustrated adult and children books in Latvia. Kalvāne has succeeded at art competitions all over the world. Her artwork “Little Love” was awarded at the artwork competition organised by Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation dedicated to support oncology patients.

Inspired from life in Latvia

I was born in Daugavpils and studied journalism and communication sciences at the University of Latvia, later I emigrated to the USA where I lived for more than nine years. Today, Latvia is my home, however, experience obtained abroad allows me to view developments and people in Latvia from an extraordinary point of view.
Although, I travel a lot, Latvia is my home. Experience in the USA has greatly contributed to the development of my art. There I acquired illustration design and skills of children book illustration at New York School of Visual Arts, however, as an artist I have grown the most after returning to Latvia. In Latvia, I started participating at art exhibitions and illustrated books, as life in Latvia inspired me to use my art for different purposes, not only to allow my audience to travel through the bright images and colours of my imagination, but also to draw attention to different significant processes and developments in the world.

Art can change the world

During my trips to different countries, I have noted that artists participating at exhibitions of visual art use their talent not only to generate profit, but also for charity and to solve different social matters. Artists join hands to provide help to those who need it the most to support and promote good ideas, to turn against the evil, to support their younger colleagues and to make the world a better place. Art is not just profit, it is a higher spiritual value, as art is the world and life as such. Everything that the world owns is art, from the spring sprouts up to the scientific achievements. Art helps to fight problems and make the world better. In Latvia, artists have different opportunities to participate at exhibitions, however, mostly those are of commercial nature. Latvia needs more such art projects that would make our country better and stronger, that would unite our society, solve urgent issues, pose questions, and provide answers. Only such art projects can help us to popularise Latvia in the world, as the world is interested in the good work of Latvia. I am delighted that some art projects invite artists to join hands and make other peoples’ lives brighter, therefore, I invite artists to participate at the art competition organised by Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation where it is still possible to apply.
Art is an eternal source of inspiration and a powerful weapon that can solve serious issues, heal and change the world. If my art can make the world a better place or help somebody, I will certainly use this opportunity. I hope, more different art projects will be organised in Latvia the aim of which will be not only to achieve commercial goals, but also to stimulate spiritual growth of the society and to help to solve urgent issues in different spheres.

Latvia lacks smiling

For me, art is the sense of life and calling where I look for a deeper value. Art is a communication with myself, the world, other inhabitants of the world and different developments. I do not paint landscapes or portraits. My artworks are created based on plots and images in the extraordinary world of my imagination, thereby allowing others to view it. Why to create artworks? Just to display them at prestigious exhibitions and see my name in mass media? It is not enough! The goal of my art is to create positive emotions, because Latvia lacks smiling. If my naïve painting can make at lease somebody smile, the mission of my art has been justified.

Art can impact politics

My art is good-natured and full of naïve, however, generally speaking, art can serve different purposes. Sometimes, artists can impact influential politicians and their decisions. For example, in the USA, an art project is organised whose goal is to draw attention to the last year’s presidential election, results, consequences, and possible solutions. Artists submitted very strong artworks for this project, mainly caricatures. I take part at this exhibition with an artwork of esoteric nature that depicts a bitten apple with seeds falling out from it. A negative artwork can also be a strong political weapon and significant part of information war.
Recently, I took part at an international exhibition in Russia, within the framework of St. Petersburg International Art Week, with my painting “Little Love”. It was deliberately, I want to bring peace to the world with my naïve art. My artwork ranked third at the avant-garde art competition, in the category “Naïve Art”.

Keep my inner child

Nowadays, we face a lot of negativism, in news, society and elsewhere. Therefore, I invite you not to lose your inner child we all have. This child will give you strength to view the world in a positive light. Just how children can do it. One of the things I would like to emphasise – art can heal. There are two dominating forces in the world – art and love! And my artworks unite both these things. Goodness and generosity are strong and I invite other artists to turn more to genuine charity and use their talent for higher purposes, give more to Latvia and that will make Latvia smile. My art is my contribution to Latvia. Several years ago, when I returned to Latvia, I was looking for answers to questions: “What can I do in Latvia? What Latvia could give me?” I knocked on many doors, but they all closed. Only one door opened for me – the one I drew myself, looking for an answer to a totally different question: “What could I give to Latvia?”

 

If you are an artist or you know one, send your artworks that would help inspire cancer patients in their fight!

More information: http://www.virotherapyfoundation.org/en/art/

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