Riccardo (Sanremo, Italy) turned 21 last November, a few days after the amputation of his right leg due to a devasting cancer which forced him to 50 chemotherapies, a steam cell transplant and infinite post-surgery scars over the last 5 years.
Memories of the amputation are still vivid in his eyes and cruel in his mind: "The first days have been the hardest ones". Sometimes, the pain was incredibly acute, while other times Ricky had the chance to breathe and think about his future: "Physicians and nurses have showed deep humaneness and professionalism. They supported and cheered on me, so I faced this challenge with courage and resolution".
Now, we can announce that Ricky will have a prosthesis: the goal of 150,000 Euros has been reached, thanks to our national and international subscriptions. Ricky will be able to walk again with the artificial limb he has been dreaming since the amputation became clearly unavoidable.
"I count the days. I can't wait for starting over again".
We are thankful to everyone who gave. It's time to celebrate, as a delayed Christmas gift: as Ricky said, "you made my future brighter. This is something I will never forget. Thank you."
While 2021 is coming to an end, there is a special message we want to give you: small acts of kindness and love, especially if repeated over time, can make the difference. We are saying that because anynew monthly donationstarted before December 17will be matched at 200% by GlobalGiving after four (4) total payments – that means, if you start today, in March your offer will be tripled!
And Ricky still needs our help: he is close to realize his dream and have a bionic leg to walk again. We have collected almost 150,000 Euros: let’s do one more effort to reach the goal and give Ricky the greatest Christmas present of all the times.
Thank you for all your help, since this project started. We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for the incoming New Year with our warmest gratitude and a quotation that drives our everyday job:
Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love ( ~Gandalf (J.R.R. Tolkien ~ The Hobbit)
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