The Enriqueta Villavecchia Children’s Oncology Foundation, founded in Barcelona in 1989, is a non-profit, charitable, welfare institution, whose purpose is the comprehensive coverage of the needs of children and young people undergoing cancer treatment in Catalonia and those of their families. The organisation was the result of the initiative of a group of people from Catalan civil society who, sensitive to the needs of children and adolescents suffering from cancer, promoted the creation of an institution that could provide a response to them, one that until now has been lacking in all government bodies.
Following the appearance of an article in La Vanguardia, by Josep Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, several people decided to support the creation of a foundation that could give ongoing support and attend to a whole series of needs that sick children and their families had. Since then, it has been working tirelessly to provide this assistance. Currently, it is attending to more than 150 children (and their relatives). The entity’s raison d’être is based on comprehensive attention to the needs of children and young people suffering from cancer and other serious long-term illnesses, supporting their families in all phases of the illness, and promoting advances in paediatric oncology and haematology.
The Enriqueta Villavecchia Children’s Oncology Foundation has won the 2018 LiberPress Associations Award for its exemplary work in trying to make the suffering of children and young people with cancer and other serious long-term illnesses more bearable and less distressing, supporting and assisting their families in the struggle they are engaged in every day, so that everyone can enjoy a more dignified life, and offering palliative care and psychological and social assistance. Its task is unique and absolutely necessary, as it meets needs that are evident and not covered by any public institution.