20th October, 2018.
Barcelona Superstar, Lionel Messi is in the news again. And as is usual with him for long time now, he is in the news for a very good reason.
The current Barcelona captain laid the foundation for what is to be the SJD Pediatric Cancer Center.
Reports have it that it was a very emotional moment for Messi who was given a resounding ovation.
According to reports, Lionel Messi endured the pouring rain to complete this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. He then drove straight to Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, where he laid the foundation stone of what will become the SJD Pediatric Cancer Center.
The player’s Foundation (Fundación Leo Messi) joined forces with a host of other charities to kick-start the #paralosvalientes campaign with the aim of raising the 30 million euros required to build the new centre. Construction work will begin shortly with the new centre hopefully to be completed by the spring of 2020.
Even though Lionel Messi arrived a little bit later than expected due to the bad weather in Barcelona which naturally affected traffic, he was given a rousing ovation on his arrival at the venue of the event.
The Barca talisman was obviously touched by the warm reception and had the following to say to the gathering:
“This is a wonderful moment for me to experience, being part of this project and seeing it come to fruition is extraordinary. I’d like to thank everyone who has participated and shown an interest in this project, hopefully all of the kids can continue and win their battle against cancer. It makes me feel very happy to have been a part of this dream”,
It is expected that the new SJD Pedriatric Center will be able to treat 400 patients per year – some 30 per cent of the number currently being treated at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital.
The new, four-storey building will occupy a space measuring about 13,000 square metres and will be situated right next to the hospital with a corridor connecting the two buildings.