The Charity Hot Chocolate managed to raise in the last three years: € 1,011,331. This initiative is co-organized by OR Association together with 8 associations that raise funds for research into Pediatric cancer at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona.
Among all the participants in this 2020 you have helped us to fundraise the spectacular figure of 452,314€ and thanks to this incredible contribution we can continue to promote the multiple scientific and healthcare research programs underway at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona.
What we achieve with the donations received is a lot!
This charity activity manages to finance a great deal of researches: this year up to four lines of scientific research are being financed, which carry out multiple projects (below is the detail of all the projects / programs). These projects are carried out in collaboration with other Hospitals in Spain and around the world and the benificiaries are hundreds of patients that will get better thanks to the research achievements.
We managed to economically endow a pioneering unit in Spain, the Integrative Pediatric Oncology Unit (UOPI). This unit is dedicated to combining the conventional treatments used in oncology with complementary therapies based on evidence: offering the services of oncological nutrition, medical acupuncture, aromatherapy.
And as if that were not enough, we also participated in the purchase of new equipment for the laboratory.
The growth of this activity is simply spectacular!
In this edition, 2020, a total of 1,117 entities have been involved and collaborated, including: 897 schools, 112 institutions and 108 companies, distributed throughout all the Spanish geography, an impressive success.
Evolution of participants and amounts raised over these years.
The goal that we had set ourselves the goal of reaching 1,200 chocolates, “one chocolate for every child diagnosed with childhood cancer in Spain per year.” We have been very close to achieving it … 1,117 registered chocolates this year, only COVID-19 has deprived us of achieving it, this gives us more impetus to continue trying and exceed that figure in the next edition.
The value of teamwork: united to promote studies on Histiocytosis and Pediatric Cancer
We are the parects of children affected by childhood cancer, the drivers of all this. Those of us who live it in our own flesh and know that all this activity, the care and research promoted by this Hospital is extremely important and help to save lives. From there comes our will to help raise money for these projects and explains our degree of involvement and commitment with this institution.Fernando Gotz, president of OR Asociación, member organizer of the Solidarity Chocolate.
OR Asociacíon, together with the Super H Association, la Lluita de Arnau and All against Histiocytosis, we promoted, from our first beginning, jointly finaced a study that was launched in 2014 at the laboratory of the Sant Joan de deu Hospital. This study was created at our request to study a rare disease that affected our kids: Histiocytosis in Langerhans cells: a type of Cancer that attacks 1 in 200,000 boys and girls.
At the end of 2017 it was when we decided to join forces with the rest of the Pediatric Cancer Associations, and the Chocolate Solidarity was born there, together with Pulseras Candela association; Asociación benéfica Anita; Mua Solidaris; Super H; La Lluita de Arnau, Asociación contra el Rabdomiosarcoma, Asociación Aniol sempre amb un somriure and this year some other groups have joined us too, ShurikanStar, y Dona´m Ales, and Aenar “Miradas Magicas y Asociación COCO.
¡ The great benefit of all this is Childhood Cancer research! “The vast majority of public and private resources are devoted to cancer research focus on that of adults. Children are the great forgotten.
Gloria Garcia Castellvi, head at Social fair on Hospital Sant Joan de Déu de Barcelona- pediatric cancer.
All we manage to finance though the charity Hot Chocolate: Lots of research projects.
With what you have helped us raise in this 2020 edition, we will be able to continue promoting childhood cancer research projects, support healthcare programs and allow the acquisition of new equipment necessary for the laboratory of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona.
Research projects: prioritizing that they are transversal, in collaboration with other centers.
The Sarcomas Research project receives € 80,000. Led by Dr. Jaume Mora: focused on the search for new therapeutic targets in sarcomas such as Ewing’s sarcoma and rhabdomyosarcoma..
For DIPG Therapies with new drugs we provide € 80,000, led by Dr. Ángel Montero Carcaboso and in collaboration with several international centers. Its main objective is to evaluate the activity of new ACVR1 and PIK3CA molecule inhibitors in diffuse bulge glioma.
€ 80,000 is donated to the Precision Oncology and Personalized Medicine Program led by Dr. Cinzia Lavarino, molecular study programs to determine the active pathways in progression tumor for the identification of specific therapeutic targets for each tumor..
And € 80,000 more for the Implementation of High Sensitivity Techniques project to improve detection of minimal residual disease in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Healthcare project (UOPI) Integrative Pediatric Oncology Unit.
€ 108,000 for healthcare support projects: Integrative Pediatric Oncology Unit (UOPI) Pioneer in Spain (launched in 2019 thanks to the participation of the Chocolate Solidarity). It combines the conventional treatments used in oncology with complementary therapies based on evidence, offering the services of oncological nutrition, medical acupuncture, aromatherapy … everything that helps to alleviate the side effects of the treatments and promote the physical and emotional well-being of life of the patients.
New equipment for the laboratory
€ 9,000 for the purchase of a new equipment, a Type II quality water purification chain, which will allow the production and supply of this specific type of water (with a degree of purity twice greater than distilled water) in the laboratory.
THANKS AND THANKS AGAIN!
It is impressive everything you have helped us raise, this solidarity chocolate movement has incredible strength, just like all those brave people who stand up against the pediatric cancer.
We thank each of the school, organization of parents, institutes, universities, municipalities, neighborhood associations, shops, stores, companies, you are the true engine of this activity.
Without any doubt we know that together we are stronger and we go much further!!
We are proud in OR association to be part of this magnificent solidarity movement and we will continue planning the activity for the next year. We are going to figth for the patients affected by Histiocytosis, childhood Cancer and their families, to have the best weapons to fight the disease.
THANKS, THANKS AND AGAIN THANKS,
OR Asociación, Barcelona June 18th 2020