Posted by Nataliya Semez on October 07, 2010
There is a little girl named Ajulya, who is currently receiving treatment for blood cancer in #31 Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. She recently got an infection and was admitted to a special “isolation” room where she cannot interact with other children. It happened that during this isolation time, a group of volunteers from Studio “Da” (“Yes”) and Studio “Melnitsa” (“Windmill”) came to the hospital with a special project as a part of the Maximize Life Global Cancer Awareness Campaign. The project was to teach children about how a cartoon is made and how to create their own!
All children gathered in the activity room and were impatiently waiting for the class to start. The art supplies and equipment like special light fixtures and cameras were set up and ready for children and their caregivers to start working. The only person who could not be there was Ajulya. She was watching the excited kids playing around and learning new things while she was in the room by herself. Tears started running down her cheeks and she just could not contain her sorrow. Looking at her, you would imagine that this was the activity she was awaiting all her life and if she could not take a part in it – this will be the end of her world. No one could bear the vision of Ajulya’s distress, especially the artistic director, Roman Sokolov who made the decision to “go in”. He obtained permission from Ajulya’s doctor and set up a mini-station for a cartoon making project right in Ajulya’s room! Roman first told Ajulya about The Max Foundation and about the Brave Sparrow, as pictured on the logo of the Maximize Life Campaign. He told about how the sparrow can fly anywhere he wants because, even though he is small, he is not afraid of anything and is very strong, just like Ajulya.
Then, with all her sorrows forgotten, Ajulya was ready to start working on her own project. Today, we are very happy to present to you the special cartoon by Ajulya for The Max Foundation called “Birdie”: