CLEVELAND — Art Lukovich spent most of his childhood growing up in Ukraine before his immediate family moved to America in the early 2000s.
“I still have a few cousins there, (one) grandmother and two uncles,” Lukovich said.
Lukovich now works as both an inpatient and outpatient physical therapist in Cleveland.
“When the pandemic started and [medical] supplies were pretty (scarce), a lot of people were sitting on edge, anxious that we had no equipment, what are we going to do? said Lukovich. “So I can only imagine what it’s like to be in this situation where you’re in wartime and you’ve run out of medical equipment,”
He started collecting essential medical supplies to send to Ukraine.
“CPR masks, tourniquets which are crucial especially in wartime, other stuff like the skin stapler I found are crucial for wounds that you have to close before you can stitch them up,” a- he listed. “Pulse oximeters are crucial, wound care kits, surgical dressings, lots of pain management, like ibuprofen, antibiotic creams, gloves that are crucial.”
The list of what he acquired is long, and all of these medical supplies will help people who have been injured in the war.
“They will be scattered throughout the hospital,” he explained. “[They] will also be sent to the front lines and to civilians in need in different parts of Ukraine.
He tries to send medical supplies once every two weeks. So far, he has already sent several parcels full of vital items.
“Also remind them that there are people abroad who care, Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians,” he said. “We’re with you guys, and we’ll do what we can for you.”
You can contact Lukovich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send monetary donations here.