"My dream? New prosthetics, so I'll have a normal life back." Cancer is taking Ricky's right lower limb. Ricky, 20 years old from Sanremo (Italy), has been visiting hospitals for 4 years. Now, despite 50 chemotherapies, a steam cell transplant and infinite post-surgery scars, the leg will be amputated to save his life before his 21st birth-day. So, Ricky needs bionic prosthetics with the necessary "accessories": foot and ankle joint. But the cost is 150,000: we need to stand by him.
Riccardo will turn 21 on November 24th. Still, he already knows his right lower limb will not be with him: cancer has become unbearably painful, and so, after almost 4 years, 50 chemotherapies, several surgeries and scars, a stem cell transplant, and endless travels from Sanremo (Liguria) to Pisa (Tuscany), Ricky's leg will be amputated to save his life. The first act of a longer fight, since cancer has now reached his lungs.
Ricky now needs new bionic prosthetics that would enable him to walk again. His eyes light up when he talks about this possibility: it would be a taste of everyday life. Miriam and Luigi, mum and dad, stand by his side and explain that the required model is the Genium X3. But with the "accessories" (foot and ankle joint), and the necessary treatments, the total cost reaches 150,000. That's where Fondazione Specchio dei tempi comes to play.
Ricky tries to see the amputation as a rebirth. He lost the 4 last years, and he still has to keep under control cancer in his lungs, but prosthetics would allow him to walk again, without fearing being a burden for his family and friends. Together, we can stand by Ricky to help him stand on.