GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer

GRAACC's mission is to guarantee that children and adolescents with cancer have the right to all the possibilities of cure with quality of life, using the most advanced scientific standard and minimum impact to the childhood experience.

GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer
Rua Sena Madureira, 415
Rua Botucatu, 743
Sao Paulo, SP 04021-051
+55 11 5908 9102


Sergio Antonio Garcia Amoroso

Management Team

Tammy Allersdorfer, Francisco L Guetti, Suzana Dalessio

Board of Directors

Sergio Petrilli

Project Leaders

Tammy Allersdorfer


GRAACC's mission is to guarantee that children and adolescents with cancer have the right to all the possibilities of cure with quality of life, using the most advanced scientific standard and minimum impact to the childhood experience.


GRAACC is a federal, state and municipal non-governmental, not for profit, public utility civil association registered with the Brazilian National Council of Social Assistance. GRAACC was founded in 1991 in the city of Sao Paulo to ensure children and adolescents with cancer across the country every chance of cure with quality of life, regardless of their social status or region of origin (about 90% of the patients treated at the GRAACC Hospital are referred to by the public health system - SUS). To meet this purpose, in 1988 it opened its own hospital, Instituto de Oncologia Pediatrica (Pediatric Oncology Institute, or IOP/GRAACC/Unifesp) and works within the limits of scientific knowledge, seeking with determination to find a cure for cancer in children and adolescents. Its main objectives are to increasingly expand the positive results of the treatment and to invest in education and research. It offers high complexity treatment such as: neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology. It has a bone marrow transplant unit that became a national reference. Working in technical and scientific partnership with the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp), GRAACC operates as a teaching hospital. As such, it benefits not only its patients, with the results of the activities carried out in the areas of teaching, research and extension, but also qualifying new masters and doctors, helping lead advanced knowledge and quality treatment in pediatric oncology to other regions of the country. About 40% of the patients are from cities outside Sao Paulo. The institution also participates in and benefits from advanced research studies in pediatric oncology, covering the entire treatment process, including new chemotherapeutic and support drugs, in partnership with international institutions. A prominent line for GRAACC is the translational research, which correlates genetic and molecular biology studies with patient's clinical data in order to identify clinical impact methodologies and target molecules and take them to the patients. The studies are also conducted through relevant national and international partnerships. In 2011, an agreement was signed with the National Institute of Health (NIH), a US institution that develops a comprehensive project that investigates the genome of patients bearing osteosarcoma, a type of bone tumor that affects about 350 people per year in Brazil and generates dozens of hospitalizations at GRAACC. To monitor the treatment protocols and advances in the cure of this kind of cancer, a patients database helps identify what they have in common. The studies and local information are sent for analysis at NIH, which compiles global data on the disease. DISSEMINATION OF LEARNING In 22 years, the know-how gained in the treatment of children cancer has turned GRAACC into a knowledge multiplier. One of the pillars of GRAACC's vision is always to work in partnership, joining forces with the community, the university and the business world through mobilization of resources, participative management and the promotion of awareness. A good example of the implementation of this vision is the technical and scientific partnership between GRAACC and the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), which, since 1998, has contributed to the treatment of children cancer and the development of research studies that result in major advances and high rates of cure. This partnership enabled the creation of the Pediatric Oncology Institute (IOP/GRAACC/UNIFESP), which houses the Department of Pediatric Oncology of the subject Pediatric Specialties of UNIFESP's Department of Pediatrics. The Board of GRAACC has administrative and financial autonomy to run the hospital and there are strong scientific and technical ties with the University. An agreement was executed to enable exchange of knowledge between the institutions. In 2011, the IOP/GRAACC/UNIFESP applied to the Ministry of Education for the title of teaching hospital, which will enable greater access to financial funds, among other benefits. The activity of pediatric oncologists is geared to children and adolescents and encompasses outpatient treatment (whether in wards or in intensive care units - ICU), diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, surgical procedures, chemotherapy, radiology and supportive care. This work is done jointly with specialists from a range of sectors who assist with multi-disciplinary treatment and help in achieving the best results. The didactic activity at the hospital is aimed at medical students completing their undergraduate programs and attending the Optional Course of Pediatric Oncology, to students of Liga Academica de Oncologia Pediatrica (Academic League of Pediatric Oncology) and residents in pediatrics, pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant, in addition to oncologists attending graduate degree programs and participants in the Multiprofessional Residence Course in the areas of nutrition, psychology and speech therapy. INTEGRAL CARE Since starting operations in the 1990s, GRAACC has faced the challenge of curing cancer by a combination of advanced technology, specific scientific skills and respect for the people it helps. Our purpose has been to ensure caring treatment, taking into account the individual needs of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. The existence of a multi-professional team, made up of dentists, nutritionists, psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, social assistants, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and volunteers, has supported our constant search for quality of life for our patients throughout every phase of the long and complex treatment of childhood cancer.

Statistics on GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2014: $35,594,225
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $37,421,000
  • Other funding sources: 2013 ->51% individual donors and companies; 23% Telemarketing; 13%Campaings; 11%Mc Happy Day; 2% Government
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