US nonprofit ships medical supplies to Ukraine but faces logistics complications

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With the war in Ukraine raging on, the country is in critical need of medical supplies. One nonprofit here in the U.S. is trying to fill that void. 

Project C.U.R.E. has 30,000 volunteers for their seven locations nationwide. They’ve been working nonstop since Russia invaded Ukraine, and every single piece of equipment or supplies in the distribution centers are donations, but the journey to get these supplies to the war zone certainly isn’t easy. 

Volunteers have been hard at work at the Project C.U.R.E. International Headquarters and distribution center in Centennial, Colorado. Lyn Tison has been a volunteer with the organization for a year and says things have gotten much busier since Russia invaded Ukraine.

The distribution center at Project C.U.R.E.'s International Headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.

The distribution center at Project C.U.R.E.’s International Headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.
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“Every little bit counts and even though I’m not there, I still feel like I’m helping a lot,” said Tison.

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Every single piece of equipment or supplies in the warehouses are donations. As far as the logistics and shipping of these medical supplies to Ukrainians in need, the timing couldn’t be worse. 

Project C.U.R.E. has been working to ship medical supplies to Ukraine.

Project C.U.R.E. has been working to ship medical supplies to Ukraine.
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“Right now it’s difficult to get an airplane or container to go anywhere anyway, and we have been postponed two or three months on the loads that we’re doing, and now there is a crisis, and we need to get going on shipping,” said Douglas Jackson, Project C.U.R.E.’s president and CEO. 

Once medical supplies do leave Colorado or any one of the seven Project C.U.R.E. branches scattered across the country, they have a long journey to eventually get to Ukraine.

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From the Colorado distribution center, the supplies will travel from Centennial to Chicago by truck, Chicago to Toronto by truck, Toronto to Warsaw by plane, and Warsaw into Ukraine by truck. 

Project C.U.R.E. partnered up with Ukrainians of Colorado. Volunteer Andrij Lenec’s parents were Ukrainian immigrants, and he served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine after he retired. Lenec said when Russia invaded Ukraine, he was stunned.

“That first day, I was just in a state of shock. Knowing that people that I know, and love, and lived with, and ate with, and conversed with were in danger,” said Lenec. 

Ukrainians of Colorado are helping coordinate requests for specific trauma and medical supplies directly from Ukraine. 

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“I’m really happy to find that we’re addressing the right need at the right time,” said Lenec. 

Pavlo Kozenko is a Ukrainian doctor currently in Truskavets, a town near the city of Lviv in Western Ukraine. 

“We are really thankful to the United States and other Western countries for the great support we’ve already received,” said Kozenko.

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Kozenko says the main equipment needed are things like tourniquets to stop major bleeding, which he says is the number one preventable cause of death.

“Priority number one is the treatment of our soldiers and saving their lives, but also we appreciate any kind of medical, relevant medical equipment or relevant drugs which come to Ukraine,” said Kozenko.

Project C.U.R.E. workers have been going the extra mile to get the most crucial medical equipment and drugs sent first.

Project C.U.R.E. workers have been going the extra mile to get the most crucial medical equipment and drugs sent first.
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Project C.U.R.E. is giving all that they can right now, but once the supplies get close to Ukraine, things could change at a moment’s notice.

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“Everyday, that green zone is changing, the route end is changing, you’ve got bombing and all kinds of missiles and everything else. So what was a safe passage yesterday, may not be a safe passage tomorrow and that’s part of the trick with this one,” said Jackson. 

When the medical supplies do make it to Europe, Jackson says Project C.U.R.E. will work with organizations they’re connected to out there to move it by truck into Ukraine. Jackson says it’s going to all come down to an element of trust. 

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