Our Accomplishments

November 1989

In response to an urgent appeal from Deputy Volodymyr Yavorivsky, Dr. Zenon and Nadia Matkiwsky organize a committee to provide the first medical relief cargo to travel with the Deputy back to Ukraine. That committee eventually becomes the Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund with its mission to save the lives of children in Ukraine.

February 1990

February 14: CCRF launches its first major airlift valued at $4,500,000 from JFK International Airport. The Ukrainian-American community, playing an instrumental role throughout CCRDF’s existence, gathers to bid farewell to the medical cargo they helped collect.

April 1990

The Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund is officially incorporated as a tax-exempt charity.

March 1991

CCRF launches its 5th major airlift from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

July 1992

CCRF founder Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky testifies as an expert witness in U.S. Senate hearings on the Chornobyl aftermath chaired by Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Bob Graham (D-FL). Dr. Zenon challenges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their cover-up of Chornobyl’s long-term effects.

August 1992

CCRF launches its ninth of 32 airlifts from Rickenbacker Air Field in Columbus, Ohio. The world’s largest cargo plane, the AN-225 Mriya, delivers $3,000,000 of medical cargo, including Ukraine’s first flow cytometer.

September 1992

The World Health Organization confirms an 80-fold increase in thyroid cancer in children exposed to Chornobyl fallout, effectively supporting CCRF’s position at Senate hearings six weeks earlier.

October 1992

CCRF establishes a permanent office in Kyiv, Ukraine to monitor all in-country activities. The country director is Oleh Deyneko.

June 1993

CCRF hosts its second National Convention with keynote speaker Deputy Yavorivsky and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).

June 1994

CCRF airlifts an MRI to the Kyiv City Emergency Hospital & Trauma Center on the U.S. Military cargo plane. Over the next 6 years, the MRI provides diagnostic tests for over 10,000 patients, enabling doctors to treat cancers and traumatic injuries.

July 1994

CCRF is awarded a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. In August 1995, CCRF delivers $4.5 million dollars worth of medical aid. USAID Director Greg Huger hails CCRF for leveraging $16 worth of aid for every dollar it received in federal grants.

January 1995

In partnership with the Ukrainian Women’s League of America, CCRF establishes a complete state-of-the-art Blood Diagnostic Laboratory at Lviv Regional Specialized Pediatric Clinic, which the European Review team ranks as the finest laboratory in Eastern Europe.

February 1995

CCRF hosts President Kravchuk during a visit to the U.S. and is greeted by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman who honored CCRF with the New Jersey Governor’s Volunteer Award.

November 1995

CCRF receives $263,000 from the Monsanto Corporation to launch its Women’s & Children’s Health Initiative in Dnipropetrovsk and Vinnytsia.

December 1995

CCRF delivers medical aid worth over $10,000,000 this year. The total amount of medical assistance over 5 years of the Fund’s service amounts to over $32,000,000.