Have a Heart for Shark

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Raised by 83 people in 43 months
Two cultures - One family
Hailing from Donetsk, Ukraine, Bogdan “Shark” Grebenyuk is a student and member of the swim team at West Chester University. Shark has enjoyed the life of a college athlete in the United States. Over the years, Shark has formed a special "brotherhood" with his teammate and swim lane partner, West Chester Henderson (Pa) native, David McCormick. Shark and David's parents now consider each other family.

When war hits home
All was well for the Grebenyuk family until February 2014 -- that's when the Russians began military operations resulting in the seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Since then, there has been a civil war throughout eastern Ukraine. Hundreds of innocent people have been killed, specifically in Shark’s hometown of Donetsk. Shark’s father, a doctor, was targeted to be killed by a terrorist group. He was shot at twice, including a mock excution. Shark’s mom was a witness to this horrific event. Fortunately, he survived.

Escape to West Chester, PA
With a couple of suitcases, travel visas and the assistance of hired militia, Shark's parents traveled to Kiev, Ukraine. There, they boarded a plane and arrived in West Chester, PA on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Currently they are living in West Chester Pa.

Shark's parents needs your help
With Shark’s parents now safe in the United States.  They have some immediate basic needs that require financial assistance. 

Have a Heart for Shark
Please HAVE A HEART FOR SHARK and consider making a donation to help the Grebenyuk family.
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Merry Christmas to All!
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As we all begin the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We ask that you continue to keep Shark and his parents in your hearts and prayers. Please consider supporting the Grebenyuk family as they continue to move through the process of seeking political asylum. Donations can be sent to PO Box 800, West Chester, Pa 19381 or http://www.gofundme.com/haveaheartforshark Please share this message with everyone!
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Great day for Shark's parents. They got to see him swim for the 1st time ever! Have a Heart for Shark!
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Mariya Power
31 months ago

Hello, I just found out about Elena and Yuriy's situation and it seems to be under control. Very glad to see so many people engaged in helping them out! My name name is Mariya Power and I was Elena and Yuriy's high school classmate in Donetsk (HS#1). They know me as Masha Samoylova. I immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 and lost all my contacts in Ukraine. Could anyone help me reconnect with the Grebenyuks? I would appreciate any contact information. Hopefully they are still in West Chester. Thanks!

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Annie Dzus
42 months ago

As an American-born 2nd generation Ukrainian, I am all too familiar with this situation. I consider myself lucky to even have contact with family in the Ukraine. Shark has been blessed with the miracle of his parents being here. I am a social worker employed by the County of Chester and would like to pass on some housing assistance resources. Also, ESL class information in West Chester, if needed. anniedzus@gmail.com

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Will Allison Villano
43 months ago

Hi- I work for Zukin Realty in the town of West Chester. Call the office at 610-696-0953 (allison) because we may be able to help with housing.

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Sharyn Costello
43 months ago

Where would you go to donate clothing, food, furniture. Also sizes??

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Ken McCormick
43 months ago

Shark's family is overwhelmed with gratitude but ask that we all keep the citizens of Donetsk, Ukraine and all the innocent victims in your prayers. Lets all have a good and peaceful day!

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Mariya Power
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Happy Anniversary, dear friends! So glad I found you!

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Marion Key
40 months ago

After seeing my daughter, Amber Key, interview this young man and then call me to ask for a gift for this family, how could I refuse? All the best to you and your family, Shark.

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Mariya Power
31 months ago

Hello, I just found out about Elena and Yuriy's situation and it seems to be under control. Very glad to see so many people engaged in helping them out! My name name is Mariya Power and I was Elena and Yuriy's high school classmate in Donetsk (HS#1). They know me as Masha Samoylova. I immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 and lost all my contacts in Ukraine. Could anyone help me reconnect with the Grebenyuks? I would appreciate any contact information. Hopefully they are still in West Chester. Thanks!

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Annie Dzus
42 months ago

As an American-born 2nd generation Ukrainian, I am all too familiar with this situation. I consider myself lucky to even have contact with family in the Ukraine. Shark has been blessed with the miracle of his parents being here. I am a social worker employed by the County of Chester and would like to pass on some housing assistance resources. Also, ESL class information in West Chester, if needed. anniedzus@gmail.com

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Will Allison Villano
43 months ago

Hi- I work for Zukin Realty in the town of West Chester. Call the office at 610-696-0953 (allison) because we may be able to help with housing.

+ Read More
Sharyn Costello
43 months ago

Where would you go to donate clothing, food, furniture. Also sizes??

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Ken McCormick
43 months ago

Shark's family is overwhelmed with gratitude but ask that we all keep the citizens of Donetsk, Ukraine and all the innocent victims in your prayers. Lets all have a good and peaceful day!

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