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Children of Chernobyl Hosted by Jon Voight

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Last month Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) marked the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion in Ukraine. This year, actor Jon Voight hosted the Children at Heart Gala, with a fantasy auction honoring Liev Schreiber.

The Children at Heart Gala took place at Chelsea Piers, and supports the CCOC group’s rescue mission and outreach. Chabad’s CCOC’s goal is to airlift the disaster’s youngest victims, children, by airlifting them to safety as soon as possible, and providing them with medical care and a second chance at life.

Jon Voight is a passionate advocate of the cause, and has had the chance to meet and help the children affected by the Chernobyl disaster in person. Voight commented how he became involved in in supporting CCOC. “[I was in a] film all about the Chernobyl disaster, [and] met people who suffered different things. [I] came out of it wanting to do something to help the people in those areas.”

To date, CCOC has saved 2,863 children from contaminated living conditions surrounding Chernoyl. The rate of cancer and other radiation-related diseases continue to increase in these areas.

CCOC’s rescue flights and programs are fully funded by donations. For more information about the organization and its programs, visit or call (212) 681-7800.

According to the World Health Organization:

The rate of thyroid cancer in the contaminated aread surrounding Chernobyl is more than 400 times the world norm.

  • CCOC brings at risk children to Israel, providing housing, clothing, education, and medical treatment.
  • The cost of evacuating a flight of children is around $360,000 and expenses per shild for one year are $18,000.
  • CCOC has aided those who can’t leave by airlifting medicine, medical equipment, therapeutic aids, and other items needed.
  • CCOC has trained local physicians to specialize in radiation-induced illnesses and has built a mammography clinic to help fight artificially high rates of breast cancer in the area.

CCOC’s rescue flights and programs are fully funded by donations. For more information about the organization and its programs, visit or call (212) 681-7800.



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