With almost 900 families welcomed from 2000 to today, of which 111 in 2022 alone, the Peter Pan association turns 23 on June 9th. The birthday will be celebrated under the banner of a message of peace with a football match that will see Italian boys and young people from Ukraine on the field, the country from which many of the young patients welcomed in the last year come from.
It was June 9, 2000 when the Peter Pan Odv association opened its First Family Home in Rome, where it was possible to welcome children with cancer undergoing treatment in hospitals in the capital, but residing in other regions and countries of the world, during therapy. together with their family. In the large building at the foot of the Gianicolo, a few steps from the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, each family has its own room with bathroom and large spaces to share in a community context, so that no one feels left alone.
To respond to the ever increasing number of requests for hospitality and help break down waiting lists, Peter Pan has expanded its hospitality over the years. Today it offers 65 housing units, of which 12 in the First House, 18 in the Second Star and 35 in the Third Star, opened a few months ago in Monte Mario and which today houses 70 people evacuated from Ukraine to allow them to resume the therapies interrupted by the war. “In 2022 alone Peter Pan – explains the president Roberto Mainiero – guaranteed 20,639 days of free hospitality, while 8,623 were the hours of service provided by his precious volunteers, 1,487 hours of psychological counseling, 968 transfers by car to bring children in hospital for treatment and check-ups”.
The party for the first 23 years of hospitality will be held on Sunday 11 June in Rome, at the SSD Ottavia Sports Center, under the banner of sport, integration and peace with the under 18 amateur football match. players of the sports clubs As Luiss and Ssd Ottavia Calcio 1978, and among them will also play a representation of 6 Ukrainian boys under 18, forced to leave their country.
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