Barça's current captain, Leo Messi, took part Thursday at the Sant Joan de Déu hospital in Esplugues de Llobregat in the symbolic positioning of the first stone of what is one of the largest children's oncology centers in Europe, the SJD Pedriatic Cancer Center. "It's a pleasure to be here today, it's a very happy time for me, it's extraordinary to be part of this project and to be able to make it happen, I hope we can cure all the children and be able to cure a disease. fight who is as cruel as cancer, "said the Argentinian star, visibly emotional.
Through the Leo Messi Foundation, the Argentinian is one of the founders of this new center that is expected to open its doors in the second half of 2020. This Thursday, the first vice president of Barça and the Barça Foundation, Jordi Cardoner, has confirmed that the smaller than three million missing to reach 30 million of the total cost of the center, will also be responsible for the Messi Foundation, the Barça Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. In total, more than 100,000 people, 150 companies and ten founding donors made the project viable thanks to their donations and initiatives.
This new hospital will be one of the largest centers for pediatric oncology in Europe as it will cover a total area of 13,196 square meters in a four-story building linked to Sant Joan de Déu and able to attend around 400 patients at the same time. years, 30% more than those currently present in the hospital. The new center has 38 rooms, 8 cameras for the transplantation of hematopoietic progenitors, 24 day-hospital boxes, 18 disputes for external consultation, as well as operating rooms, research laboratories or other services. Dr. Manel Castillo, manager of the Hospital de Sant Joan, explained that this new center will be "open to children around the world without economic discrimination".