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HRH Crown Princess Katherine’s statement regarding World Cancer Day

5 February 2018

World Cancer Day is being marked on February 4. On this day I would like to draw your attention to the fact that cancer is preventable and by doing regular medical check-ups, screening, prevention of risk factors and vaccination programmes, which are of the outmost importance, these diseases can be successfully avoided or cured. By taking good care of one’s health, at the same time one is taking care of one’s loved ones. Your good health is necessary for a better life and the wellbeing of your families.

My humanitarian Foundation in Belgrade, ever since it was established in 2001, has been active in raising awareness on the importance of preventing, treating and fighting cancer and this is one of its most important goals for the future as well as providing medical equipment for cancer treatments. 

In 2017 only, the total value of medical equipment donated by my Foundation reached over $2,000,000. This year we are going to deliver new sterilizers in value over $1,400,000 for hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Leskovac and Kraljevo. A state of the art digital mammography machine valued over $300,000 was donated to the Clinical centre Nis. During previous years we have donated 1 mobile unite digital mammography valued over $750,000 to Clinical Centre Nis that examined more than 100.000 women all around Serbia in last few years. We donated many mammography units, among several others to UHMC Bezanijska Kosa and Jagodina Hospital and several ultrasound machines for breast examinations.

We have also provided training for two doctors in Germany with Professor Reiss from Tubingen Clinic, to work on DNA sequencer for gene testing. DNA sequencer for hereditary cancer testing valued over $110,000 which was donated by my Foundation to the Institute for Oncology and Radiology allows simultaneous analysis of multiple genes and multiple samples of patients, which enables efficient testing of hereditary predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer and other malignant diseases and significantly shortens the time of analysis. There are many vehicles we have donated to the Hospitals for transportation patients on treatments for malignant diseases and monitors for children on cancer treatments.

My humanitarian Foundation in Belgrade works with Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York and MD Anderson in Houston Texas, which are the two leading USA cancer centres, to provide specialised trainings for our radiologists and oncologists so that they can have the latest knowledge and during the last five years with great effort my Foundation sent more than twenty Serbian doctors to complete those trainings.

We are very proud of our cooperation with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Harvard Medical School affiliate in Boston. Donation of two patient monitors for the children’s department to the Clinic of Neurosurgery at the Clinical Centre of Serbia worth over $ 21,000 was a result of fundraising at the charity dinner in Boston. This charity event was organized with a great help by our friends from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

We are also working on education of our doctors and connecting them with colleagues from the diaspora by organizing Serbian Medical Diaspora Conferences every year and Oncology Conferences every other year.

On this occasion I wish to emphasize my sincere admiration and gratitude to all our medical professionals in Serbia for their extraordinary work and contribution. I hope that we will all work together for the ultimate benefit of our citizens’ health.

 

HRH Crown Princess Katherine


Their Royal Highnesses Visited Dejana Krajacic in Athens Hospital After Another Successful Operation by Professor Kalangos

29 January 2018

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine visited Dejana Krajacic (16) at Mitera hospital in Athens, where she is successfully recuperating after heart surgery. This operation was the second one by Professor Afksendiyos Kalangos, who once again operated on Dejana. 

 

To recall, in 2007 Professor Kalangos saved the life of five years old Dejana Krajacic, who was diagnosed with endocarditis because her heart had an infection that attacked the aorta and destroyed the left heart valve. At that time, doctors predicted a maximum of seven days of life. The only solution was an emergency surgical intervention by which the destroyed blood vessel would be replaced by a part of the heart tissue that can be obtained only from donors from the tissue bank in Brussels. Unfortunately, Serbia did not have the right to use the tissue and organs from that bank because it is not part of the European Union.

 

After the appeal by HRH Crown Princess Katherine, Professor Kalangos, director of cardiac surgery at the University Clinic in Geneva, found the life-saving tissue, a so-called homographer, and bought it himself through the "Heart for All" Foundation. As the time was running out relentlessly, Crown Princess Katherine organized a plane from Poland, where Professor Kalangos was operating on children, which together with the precious tissue, arrived in Belgrade on 19 January 2007, on Epiphany Day. At the University Children's Clinic in Tirsova, everything was already ready for the surgery, in which Professor Kalangos was assisted by Dr. Slobodan Ilic, Head of the Department of Cardiosurgery, and with the help of Professor Ida Jovanovic, head of the Pediatric department in Tirsova, the operation lasted for five hours, and two hours later, Dejana's heart started to work normally. Two weeks later, the girl was released from the hospital.

 

“Seeing Dejana it was very moving for my husband and me. I have known Dejana from when she was a little girl, and now she is a beautiful and bright young lady. This surgery was necessary for the clinical cycle to be closed, the tissue was restored, and Dejana continued to live as a normal healthy young person. The feeling that you saved a life, and you are not a doctor, is amazing! I remember in 2007 when the minutes were deciding the life of this little girl. At such moments there is no waiting and fear, only a quick response is necessary. I remember visiting Dejana on Christmas day 2007 when I was delivering Christmas gifts for the children when I met Dejana. I will never forget Dejana’s sad mother who was crying and very worried, at which time I promised I would do my best to save Dejana’s life. We were fortunate to know this wonderful man, Professor Kalangos who has saved many more lives in Serbia thanks to the cooperation and relationship with Professor Ida Jovanovic. I managed to quickly organize a plane and the surgery. That now seems a lot, but human life is what is greatest and most valuable. If we do not have health and love, we have nothing. You cannot be a happy person if you do not make others happy. This is just one of the successful examples of the work of my humanitarian Foundation, and the greatest success for me is the smile and happiness of our Dejana and her parents that we visited today in Athens. I appeal to all people to value life more, to help others, and all efforts and dedication will always be returned through humaneness and good deeds”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

 

Dejana Krajacic was born in Apatin, and her mother is also a doctor. After recovering, in March 2007, Dejana with her visited Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine at the Royal Palace in Belgrade, and Their Royal Highnesses are expecting her visit again after her recovery and return from Athens.

 


The Royal Couple at Celebration of The Republic of Srpska Day

9 January 2018

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine accompanied by Mr. Dusan Babac, Member of the Privy Council of HRH Crown Prince Alexander and General Manager of Royal Palace Fund, visited Banja Luka today where they met with the President of the Republic of Srpska, HE Mr. Milorad Dodik, representatives of the Government of the Republic of Srpska and the highest state officials at the celebration of the Day of the Republic of Srpska.

Their Royal Highnesses attended a Holy Liturgy officiated by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and the Hierarchs and clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Cathedral temple of Christ the Savior in Banja Luka.

Crown Princess Katherine visited the Home for children without parental care “Rada Vranjesevic” in Banja Luka, where she delivered Christmas gifts to the children, as well as other humanitarian aid, toys and clothes, which was donated by Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, whose patron is Crown Princess Katherine. In addition to the Home for children, the Crown Princess visited the Clinical Center of Banja Luka where she delivered aid and wished them a happy Christmas.

“I am very happy to be here today with you in Banja Luka and to have the opportunity to deliver these valuable gifts. This valuable help is a donation from the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, which constantly helps Serbian hospitals and children's homes. My husband, Crown Prince Alexander and I always have hearts filled with joy when we are in Republika Srpska. My foundation and I myself will continue to help children from Republika Srpska with the assistance of our friends from diaspora. I wish you all a happy Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christ is born”, said Crown Princess Katherine.

The Royal couple also attended a parade at Trg Krajine as well as the state ceremony at Sport Center Borik.


Crown Princess Katherine and Lifeline Chicago Deliver Aid to The Institute "Prof. Dr. Cvetko Brajovic"

8 January 2018

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine officially delivered today a training bike, educational toys and towels to the Institute for psycho-physical disorders and speech pathology “Prof. Dr. Cvetko Brajovic”.

Special training bike for the prevention and rehabilitation of children with various difficulties in psychophysiological and speech-linguistic function is a donation from Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

“I am very proud to be here today, among these wonderful children and people, to once again deliver help that will make their life a little better. I am also very proud of Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, thanks to which my Foundation and I have managed to provide this valuable donation. This is a part of the ongoing support that my Foundation and I provide for hospitals and medical institutions, and I am happy that our dedicated work gives such good results”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine thanked everyone who helped this significant donation and announced new deliveries of valuable medical equipment and medical supplies for the upcoming period.


HRH Crown Princess Katherine's Christmas Day Children Hospitals Deliveries

8 January 2018

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine visited Belgrade children’s hospitals today where she wished everyone Merry Christmas and delivered toys and gifts for the children. On this occasion Crown Princess Katherine visited the Pediatric department of the Institute for Orthopedic Surgery “Banjica” as well as the University Children’s Hospital in Tirsova Street. This valuable help has been provided in cooperation with Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

“My Foundation and I will continue to help our health care institutions to facilitate physicians treating children. Today’s donation is thanks to Lifeline Chicago. All doctors and children want a happy Christmas and a lot of joy and love. Christ is born!”, said Crown Princess Katherine.

On Christmas morning Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine attended the holy liturgy at the St. Sava Temple, and HRH Crown Princess Katherine also attended and served lunch for more than fifty children at Home for Children and Youth “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj”, together with H.E. Mrs. Kati Csaba, Ambassador of Canada in Serbia.

Their Royal Highnesses expressed their special gratitude to Lifeline Chicago for their contribution in collecting Christmas gifts for the children.


More Than 1,000 Children at Traditional White Palace Christmas Reception

4 January 2018

Belgrade, 4 January 2018 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine hosted traditional Christmas receptions for more than 1,000 children without parental care.

Children without parental care, Roma children, refugee children and children with disabilities, aged three to twelve, from homes and associations throughout Serbia, had the opportunity to rejoice Christmas together with Their Royal Highnesses at the White Palace. His Grace Antonije, Bishop of Moravica explained to children the true meaning of Christmas and its significance.

During the day, three receptions were held where the children enjoyed the wonderful gifts and Santa Claus, the animators from the ensemble “Cigra”, as well as the music program of the Sabac diocese choir “St. John the Theologian”.

Mrs. Dona Sekulic, member of the Board of Directors the ambassador of the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, together with Dr. Aleksandra Milicevic and Mrs. Daniela Celikovic, representatives of the Lifeline New York Humanitarian Organization, as well as Mrs. Natasa Davidov, Board member of Lifeline United Kingdom, helped their Royal Highnesses deliver the gifts to the children.

The receptions were greatly helped by the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine, as well as by numerous donors, among which are embassy of Myanmar, companies Marbo a company of Pepsico, Chunga Lunga, Mogyi , STR Vrabac, Balon Centar, Coca-Cola, Megaplast, Pekara „30“, as well as the international schools Gymnasium "Milena  Pavlovic Barili", The International School of Belgrade, The British International School of Belgrade, Russian School, Prima International School, Deutche Schule Belgrad, Brook Hill International School.

Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all the donors who helped this year’s receptions for children and together made this holiday beautiful.

 


Crown Princess Katherine's New Year's Visit to Homes for Children Without Parental Care

3 January 2018

Belgrade, 3 January 2018 – Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine visited the Belgrade homes for children without parental care “Drinka Pavlovic“, “Mosa Pijade“, “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj“, “Vasa Stajic” and “Beograd” and on that occasion delivered toys, clothes and shoes to the children. This aid was provided in cooperation with the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, whose patron is Crown Princess Katherine.

“The most beautiful way to spend holidays is to be among these lovely kids. I am proud of the work of the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, thanks to which my Foundation and I have managed to provide help to these homes and make children's holidays and everyday life more joyful. We expect children without parental care to attend the traditional Christmas receptions, which every year I host with my husband, Crown Prince Alexander at the White Palace, and at Christmas we will also visit children in Belgrade hospitals”, said Crown Princess Katherine.

Crown Princess Katherine visited homes for children without parental care together with Mrs Dona Sekulic, Board Member of the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, who expressed their readiness and wish to continue to assist those who need help in Serbia.


Crown Princess Katherine Foundation Delivers Ultrasound Machine Worth Euros 37,000 To Children's Hospital in Tirsova

12 December 2017

Belgrade, December 12, 2017 – Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine delivered a new ultrasound machine worth Euros 37,000 to the University Children's Clinic in Tirsova. The appliance was donated by Ms. Rebecca MacDonald from Toronto Canada, in cooperation with the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and the Lifeline Canada Humanitarian Organization, whose patron is Crown Princess Katherine.

“The occasion for our today’s visit is the donation of an ultrasound machine for the children that is required in your work. This is the donation of Mrs. Rebecca MacDonald, a Serb who lives in Canada. The value of this donation is 37,000 euros. I am glad the diaspora has people of great heart, who wish to help our country and who did not forget their homeland. I will be glad to see more of such projects. My husband Crown Prince Alexander and I will continue to help as much as we can. I thank all the people of good will who support our activities and i invite them to join us in the future, too. I hope to return to your hospital and continue to help you,  just as we have been doing for over 16 years. I wish you every success in your further work”, said Crown Princess Katherine.

On behalf of the staff and patients, professor Zoran Radojicic, hospital director, thanked Crown Princess Katherine, her Foundation, and Ms. Rebecca MacDonald for their help.

Ms. Rebecca MacDonald was born in Sarajevo and has been living and working for over 40 years in Toronto Canada, where she headed a gas and electricity company. Ms Rebecca MacDonald is a great benefactor and humanitarian, and for her contribution to the development of the Serbian community in Canada, she received the Order of St. Sava.

The Foundation of Crown Princess Katherine has recently achieved one of the most successful periods since its establishment 25 years ago. In the past few months, the total value of donated new medical equipment reached $ 1,731,000. The largest part of these funds, $ 1.4 million, refers to valuable sterilization equipment for hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, which Crown Princess Katherine provided in cooperation with the Project C.U.R.E from Denver Colorado.

In July this year, the Clinical Centre Nis received a new digital mammography with biopsy, worth $ 300,000, which was provided by the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in cooperation with the Hologic Company from Marlborough Massachusetts.

On that occasion, the Crown Princess delivered a $ 10,000 worth patient-monitor to the Centre for Children's Surgery and Orthopaedics at the same Clinical Centre, donated by the Lifeline New York Humanitarian Organization. Early in August, Crown Princess Katherine delivered two $ 21,000 worth patient monitors to the Children's Oncology Department at the Neurosurgery Clinic at the Clinical Centre of Serbia.

 


Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and Lifeline United Kingdom Donate Medical Equipment Worth 6300 EUR to Institute for Mother and Child

16 November 2017

Belgrade, 15 November 2017 – Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine officially delivered an electrocardiography (ECG) machine and an infusion pump to the Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia "Dr. Vukan Cupic" in Belgrade. This valuable equipment is worth 6,300 EUR and these funds were provided by Lifeline United Kingdom Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

“I am glad to be here with you again, on the occasion of a donation of this ECG machine and infusion pump for the children, which are much needed for your work. This donation is the result of humanitarian work organized by my Foundation Lifeline in the United Kingdom. My husband HRH Crown Prince Alexander and I will continue to help as much we can. I wish to thank all the people of good will abroad who have helped us in carrying out these projects. I hope that this machine will make your work much easier. Thank you all once again and I am looking forward to seeing you at Christmas for the children receptions at the White palace, like every year”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

Doc Dr Radoje Simic, director of the Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia "Dr. Vukan Cupic" welcomed Princess Katherine and thanked her for her help to the Institute for years now. During this delivery, HRH Crown Princess Katherine was accompanied by Mrs. Daniela Celikovic, a great benefactor of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation recently has achieved one of the most successful periods since its founding, 25 years ago. In the last couple of months, the total amount of donated new medical equipment reached as much as $ 1,731,000. The largest part of these funds, $ 1.4 million, relates to valuable sterilization equipment for hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, which Crown Princess Katherine provided in cooperation with the Project C.U.R.E.

In July of this year, the Clinical Centre Nis received a new digital mammography machine with guided biopsy worth 300,000 dollars, which the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation provided in cooperation with the company Hologic. On that occasion, the Crown Princess also delivered a patient monitor worth $ 10,000 to the Children’s Surgery and Orthopaedics Clinic at the same Clinical Centre, a donation from Lifeline New York Humanitarian Organization. In early August, Crown Princess Katherine delivered two patient monitors worth $ 21,000 to the children’s oncology department of the Neurosurgery Clinic at the Clinical Centre of Serbia.

2017 HRH Crown Princess Katherine - Annual Movie - A LIFE OF GIVING AND LOVE


2017 HRH Crown Princess Katherine - Annual Movie - A LIFE OF GIVING AND LOVE

16 November 2017