Tamila Evdokimova, my mom and a gymnastics coach beloved by many students over many years, lost her battle to breast cancer on February 7, 2022. She followed her husband, Victor Dikiy, fellow coach, who passed away in August of 2018 from cancer as well.
Besides coaching hundreds of kids throughout their careers, Tamila and Victor are also the coaches of the 1992 Olympic all-around champion Tatiana Gutsu, which makes them truly special people not only to me and to her, but to the whole world.
Since Tatiana's win for the Ukraine in 1992 (a first ever for this country, formerly part of the Soviet Union), they have coached many students to successful gymnastics careers - both long and short term, high level and recreational. They were truly wonderful people who gave so much of themselves to others. Many of their former students have reached out to me and my family to express their gratitude for the kindness my parents has shown them and the skills both on and off the mat they taught them that they still carry with them to this day that help them find success in their lives. Tatiana's former Olympic coaches who were like family to her and to all of the kids they've coaches over the years. They've given a lot to everyone around them, sacrificing time with their own families, their money, and their health to give back to others. She and these students wanted to help any way they could.
We've established this fundraiser to help with some of Tamila's end of life expenses and medical costs during her 4 years battle with cancer and to help the family grieving the loss of a loving mother and grandmother.
Any little bit helps, and we are very grateful for any and all contributions.
The Skrypnyk Family