25 years ago today, my life changed forever and I was not even
born yet!! I know that sound impossible, but when the worst nuclear
disaster in the history of the world happened 40 miles from where
my entire family lived, life changed for many families like mine.
Soon after the disaster my mother became pregnant with little old
me!!! My parents had to act fast because this was no place to be
pregnant and have a baby. Luckily, my Grandparants were working in
western Siberia and we fled to the city of Nyagan, where I was
born. Two years later, my parents still did not want to bring me
back near the disaster and we moved to Sochi, Russia. I started
playing tennis at age 4 and I think everyone knows the story from
BUT!!! The story people don't know is what I want to focus on
today. How one disaster completely effected one area in the world
and how 25 years later it still haunts my people. But today I
want to thank and remember all the great heroes and their families
that sacrificed their lives to help people during this disaster. I
want to focus on the future and give everyone hope in this region
that they can live normal lives, and dream BIG. Please take the
time to "click"
around my special Chernobyl page on my site if you would like to
learn more about Chernobyl and how you can help.