Città della Speranza
The pioneering research foundation, Città della Speranza (City of Hope), is an Institute of Paediatric Research in Padua, Italy. It is the largest paediatric disease research centre in Europe, and the national centre for the diagnosis of acute leukaemia and molecular characterisation of lymphoma and sarcoma. The foundation also coordinates national and European protocols for the diagnosis and cure of lymphoma, sarcoma, cerebral, hepatic and rare tumours. The Città della Speranza was founded in 1994, in memory of a child, Massimo, who died of leukaemia. After collecting funds from industries and private donors, a Day Hospital and research laboratories were built in the university hospital of Padua, followed by a Paediatric Emergency Room, to treat the young patients in the best possible way. In June 2012, the 17,500 sqm Institute of Paediatric Research was inaugurated, where every day, more than 400 people contribute to making the Foundation a true city of hope: doctors, researchers, nursing staff and volunteers. Rebecca in Sardinia supports the Foundation, contributing to fundraising and cultural events, to inform the wider society of the remarkable work being carried out, and support the children and their families. Together with the Italian Carabinieri, initiated by General Adinolfi, concerts and conferences with the Fanfara band from Milan and Città della Speranza around Italy have helped to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation. After the Carabinieri performed for HM the Queen on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Windsor Castle in May 2012, the Fanfara band and Città della Speranza plan to return to UK in the future.