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Cary travels to Ukraine to rescue elderly parents

CARY, NC (WNCN) – A Cary woman has just returned from Ukraine after traveling there to rescue her parents and keep them safe. Her parents, both 82, backed out as Russia stepped up its attacks on the area where they live.

Even if you don’t speak the language, you can feel the joy as Diana Medlin and her parents hug. They met after long journeys from opposite directions behind the Ukrainian border.

Medlin’s parents live in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where her parents told her the bombs were falling more and more frequently.

“When it was really dangerous, I was like, ‘I have to do something,'” Medlin said.

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Diana Medlin and her parents arrive at RDU (Diana Medlin/Maggie Newland).

Getting her parents out of Ukraine was not easy.

They are both 82 and having trouble getting around.

“At her age, it’s hard to move and travel for so long,” Medlin said.

Medlin knew the only way to keep her parents safe was to go to Ukraine herself.

“I’m not afraid, I can do this,” she recalled.

With the help of donated air miles, she flew to Poland and then crossed the border into Ukraine. Meanwhile, her parents left their home in eastern Ukraine and traveled cross-country in a van.

While the family stayed in Lviv, Medlin said rockets were flying toward the city, but she never questioned her decision to help her parents.

“I said, ‘We are children; we should do it to help you because you did so much for us while raising us,” she said.

With the help of donations and the kindness of strangers, the family took buses and planes, eventually flying to RDU. Now Diana is grateful to have her parents by her side.

“I’m just grateful to everyone who donated, supported and prayed; it’s amazing,” she said.

Medlin was able to travel to Ukraine and her parents were able to come here thanks to donated air miles.

An Apex man has matched hundreds of Ukrainians with people who have miles to donate and helped them get to safety. If you want to find out how you can help, click here.

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DUSTIN JONES

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