Project #8491

Research and treatment of child cancer in Brazil

by GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer

The Atlas Schindler , elevator manufacturer in Brazil, gave R$ 150,000 (approximately US$ 88.000) to the project to expand the hospital GRAACC. Are now studying the possibility of donation of 04 (four) elevators for the new complex with estimated cost of R$ 750.000 (approximately US$ 440.000). The first attachment will be delivered in May 2012.

After construction,  will leave GRAACC 4.100 m2 to 8.400m2. In this project already planned Modulated Radiotherapy equipment. Equipment cost estimated at R$ 8 million  (work + equipment - approximately US$ 4,7 million). It will be the first device available in Brazil low-income children.

The hospital's expansion project is planned investment of 100 million reais.

Actual building
Actual building

In Brazil, GRAACC is reference in the treatment and research of childhood cancer. There are 11,000 new cases/year and the second cause of death in the country. Thus, we get children across Latin America in search of healing results, which represents 70% in GRAACC. Rate close to the Americans and the Europeans.

The most aggravating, Brazil, in early diagnosis of this disease. In GRAACC 80% of the patients considered high complexity.

Since 2010, GRAACC is expanding its structures. The first phase of the project will be delivered in the second half of 2012, making thew hospital in 4,100m2 double the size and reaching 8,400m2. This was a necessary step, because we were in 84% of service capacity, and went so far as to refuse treatment for some children due to lack of beds and surgical-center.

The new building will cost R$ 35.000.000 (US$ 19,500,000) including the newest modulated radiation therapy equipment at a cost of R$ 5.000.000 (US$ 2.800.000) which will be available to low-income patients.

This extension will only happen because the community and many companies have come together to achieve this dream.

Expansion - First phase
Expansion - First phase


In the last two years, GRAACC has worked extensively in the expansion of its structures and, therefore, has been expanding its fundraising possibilities in order to meet the maintenance costs of your hospital today.

Within this context, the Global Giving has been very important tool that allows the international mobilization of people and businesses. It is through the GG that everyone can know the work of the organization and, especially, embrace the cause of fighting childhood cancer in Brazil, from anywhere in the world with a single click.

More than 20 years of dedication to the healing of children and adolescents with cancer in Brazil. This work is only possible thanks to the involvement of a large number of people, who along GRAACC, want to face major challenges.

In 2011, a great example is the case of Hewlett Packard, as well as encouraging their employees to volunteer, give them a return in dollars, in exchange for this work, so they choose to allocate GG institutions in the value given by the company. To GRAACC in 2011 were 46 employees who helped us through the giftcard, a value close to raising $ 4,000 dollars. The unit HP Brazil also donated about $ 26,000 to build the new hospital GRAACC.

This was a great example and a great result for GRAACC through GlobalGiving in 2011.



After 20 years of existence, GRAACC prepares for a new stage. In 2012, along with the first moment of expansion, the service will be available for children's high-tech radiation therapy for children from all over Brazil and Latin America.

The new radiotherapy occupies an area of approximately 600m2 and has an investment of approximately US$ 4,4 million (US$ 2,9 million of equipment + US$ 1,5 million for the construction of the bunker). Is one of the only hospitals in Brazil to provide this equipment to low-income children, which now represents 90% of our service.

Today in Brazil there are about 11,000 new cases of cancer each year and over time, GRAACC became a major referral center for research, professional education and treatment of childhood cancer, especially the more complex cases. Today we reached 84% of service capacity and from being forced to expand their hospital.

The Hospital has GRAACC cure rate of childhood cancer similar to those observed in developed countries, about 70%. The technology used in the hospital ensures the reduction of late side effects and helps to heal with better quality of life.

Modulated radiotherapy
Modulated radiotherapy


Pipe, patients who received bone marrow U.S.
Pipe, patients who received bone marrow U.S.

GRAACC performs transplants from umbilical cord brought the U.S.

A new life after transplant

At 8 years old, Gustavo Gomes Pepi, patient GRAACC´s Hospital, faced a new step in the treatment of leukemia, he performed for over two years: the need for a bone marrow transplant. No compatible donor marrow banks in Brazil, the option was to seek in another country. The raw material came from St. Louis University in Missouri, USA. "We do not measure much less work and cost of saving lives", says Prof. Dr. Sergio Petrilli - medical superintendent of the Pediatric Oncology Institute (IOP). Hospital GRAACC which operates in partnership, technical and scientific, with the UNIFESP.

The patient was entered by GRAACC the National Registry of Bone Marrow Recipients (REREME), controlled by the National Cancer Institute (INCA), which seeks donors in national and international banks. "The transplant was successful. Pepi is currently the only hospital for hydration and medications", says Dr. Flavio Zecchin - pediatric oncologist GRAACC.

This was another successful experience of the hospital, fighting one of the most common types of tumors among children. To perform the procedures, the hospital has GRAACC Laboratory Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), which stores the harvested marrow donor before being received by patients.

The marrow donation is a simple process and realized voluntarily. After sign up on the National Register of Bone Marrow Donors, check the compatibility of the volunteer with patients waiting for bone marrow. If it is compatible, undergoes a procedure a collecting bone marrow, and was discharged the same day. The patient, receive the bone marrow along with the serum and the medicament intravenously. "It's very important that people know it´s simple to donate bone marrow and can save many lives", says Dr. Valeria Cortez Ginan, Medical Laboratory GRAACC BMT.


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GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer

Location: Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tammy Allersdorfer
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil

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