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 hospital.

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 cancer.

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 ERNST & YOUNG annually.
The GRAACC volunteer program has been ISO 9001 certified since 2008.

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