GRAACC - Grupo de Apoio ao Adolescente e à Criança com
Câncer (Support Group for Children and Adolescents with
Cancer) - is a non-profit institution, created in order to
guarantee children and adolescents with cancer the right to all
chances of cure with quality of life, within the most advanced
scientific standard. The GRAACC hospital receives 2.500 patients
per month, including chemotherapy sessions, consultations,
outpatient procedures, bone marrow transplants and others. It also
makes diagnosis and treats children's cancer. GRAACC acts in the
development of teaching and research.
GRAACC created in 1991, thanks to the
initiative of Dr. Sérgio Petrilli, chief of Oncology of the
Pediatrics Department of Escola Paulista de Medicina, the
voluntary engineer Jacinto Antonio Guidolin and Mrs. Léa Della Casa
Mingione, a volunteer at the Cancer Hospital.
The first step was to transfer the Pediatric Oncology sector of the
São Paulo Hospital to a house, which became known as "little house"
(casinha). The young patients were treated in this location, using
a day-hospital concept, where they received medical care and
assistance and then went back to their homes.
Based on a university/company/ community partnership,
GRAACC has aroused the interest and confidence of
institutions with a wide social vision in participating in the
construction of the Pediatric Oncology Institute (IOP - Instituto
de Oncologia Pediátrica), the GRAACC
In May of 1998, this dream came true. A modern nine-floor hospital
with two underground floors was built, measuring 4.200 m² and
specialized in the treatment of children and teenagers with
Today, the hospital is managed and administrated by
GRAACC and the medical assistance, the teaching
and research are conducted in a partnership with the Federal
University of São Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM).
GRAACC is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers
The GRAACC volunteer program has been ISO 9001
certified since 2008.