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Fleeing war, Ukrainians with cancer find refuge in Europe

In a converted hotel in Poland, waves of children and their families come to rest. They are cancer patients from Ukraine, where their treatment was interrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. At the makeshift clinic, they are given a stuffed white unicorn with a colorful mane.

Their families spend a few days at the Unicorn Marian Wilemski clinic in the town of Bocheniec before traveling to medical centers as far away as the United States for treatment of solid tumors or blood cancers like leukemia. More than 600 children and their families have passed through the clinic, a handful bound for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which is coordinating the effort.