The Social App for young cancer patients
Cancer is not just something concerning with adults. Do you know about the 1,000 teenagers falling ill with cancer every year in Italy ? These young patients face illness in a completely different way from an adult or a child. It means facing a big new challenge that often confuses and scares them in a phase of growth full of uncertainties. It means having to deal, maybe for the first time , with hospitals, medical staff, incomprehensible terms, but also anxieties, doubts, fears and loss of hope.
Our Association has been supporting young patients hospitalized in the pediatric hospital Meyer in Florence for 30 years, since then it is committed to facilitate their daily lives in the complete respect of their autonomy trying to help them to keep, as much as possible, their usual habits and the contact with friends.
In 2014, thanks to the help of three students of Bocconi’s CERGAS Research Institute (Benedetta Vezzelli, Pier Giorgio Bianchi, Marco Cesare Solinas) we could develope the idea of making an App for teenagers with cancer.
This project has stemmed from the needs to give to young cancer patients an innovative tool through which deal with their care pathway with more confidence and awareness. Shortly, we wished to give something that would make them to Feel Better.
Feel Better is thought as a "discovery game" for PC, tablets and smartphones that will help young people acquire interactively useful information to tackle their disease day by day, having fun and learning how to manage their fears about something they don’t know.
There will be useful information on the most frequent problems regarding nutrition, physical appearance, sport, school, relationships with others and ... health. With easy explanations and user friendly graphics. To better understand how to behave, how to take care of themselves and, above all, feel better.
And more: Feel Better will put them in touch with each other in a virtual environment that will foster the exchange of experiences and favor meeting. To never feel alone.
Noi per Voi is a Parent Association fighting against child leukaemias and tumours. The Association was founded in 1986 and recognized as a Non Profit Organization in 1998. The statutory main objectives are:
Noi per Voi is based in Florence and is active in the local area, but also cooperates internationally in a close partnership with the Meyer teaching hospital. The Association has always paid great attention to the child's quality of life in hospital by providing constant support to families and by offering a psychological support service. Noi per Voi also promotes recreational activities such as art therapy, ludotherapy and ward clowns, within the Meyer Hospital.
Pasquale Tulimiero – President of Noi per Voi Association
“I'm sure this innovative tool will improve the welfare of adolescents and will help them to cope better with their important challenge. Thanks to all those who will support us believing in our project.”
Serena Biagioni – Activities Coordinator Noi per Voi Association
" Feel Better is thought as a virtual place where distant teenagers who face the same disease can meet and share their expierence to help each other and get better together."
Pietro Polsinelli – Game Designer Open Lab
Pietro will be responsible for designing and developing the app "Feel Better". He is a designer and developer of games applied in health, social, research and teaching in general. His site is http://designagame.eu/pietro.polsinelli/
Giulia Romano – Crowdfunding and Communication Expert in the Non Profit Sector
Thanks to the Project “Social Crowdfunders”, Giulia recently specialized in Digital Communication for Non Profit Organizations and developed the present Crowdfunding Campaign on behalf of the Association Noi per Voi. She has a Master Degree in Political Science and worked for eight years in a multinational company in the Fashion Industry dealing with Corporate Social Responsibility.
This campaign is supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze that through the initiative "Social Crowdfunders", launched in May 2016 by “Siamosolidali” in collaboration with Impact Hub Florence, Guanxi Digital Consulting and Eppela Platform, aims to support, through training and specific support, Non Profit Organizations in adopting and experimenting new fundraising tools. Supported by a team of professionals made available within the initiative we were able to develop and to realize our Crowdfunding Campaign! Read more on the initiative, visit:
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze believes so much in our project that they decided to double your donations if we reach 10,000 Euros by January 11!
Now we have a real chance to realize "Feel Better", join the campaign and help us build together a project of great importance for our teenagers !
You can donate with credit card Visa, Mastercard or Postepay, for any clarification you can contact the following email address [email protected] or telephone number 0039-3334240424.
Before you support the project, please register to Eppela, it’s very easy and fast, follow these steps:
- Click on Sign In / Register at the top right and enter your name, email address and a password of your choice
- Support our campaign by clicking on "Contribute" under the title of the project, or by directly selecting a reward from those proposed
- Fill out the form with data of your credit card
Click on "Contribute" and you will have officially supported the crowdfunding project!
Thanks to the big help of our partners we propose you various rewards associated with many recreational activities that we hope you will enjoy!
A special thanks to all our partners who also in this occasion have been at our side, helping us to promote the project. The constant support of our partners is essential to pursue our activities and continue to design together initiatives of solidarity.