Improving the lives of young people with cancer in San José

300 people receive recreational therapy and psychological support

Improving the lives of young people with cancer in San José Improving the lives of young people with cancer in San José

The Daniel Project, with the support of Fundación MAPFRE, works to help young people suffering from cancer in Costa Rica to cope with the disease. The objective is to improve the lives of those facing a diagnosis of cancer through the use of recreational therapy and psychological support.

At present, the project offers support to 300 young people between 13 and 25 years of age, providing recreational activities and offering companionship, both in the hospitals and outside. It also organizes get-togethers with teachers to explain how they can help these young people so that the youngsters can also find support in their schools.

Besides small-scale day-to-day activities, Project Daniel also promotes bigger activities such as “Connecting Smiles,” events which aim to empower these young people and offer them tools so that they can better endure their disease.

One of the most important activities is “Friendship Camp,” which offers the patients the opportunity to learn, grow, make friends, overcome obstacles and smile , all in spite of their illness.

The Daniel Project, founded in 2010, is an association which focuses its efforts on improving the quality of life young people with cancer in Costa Rica. This NGO has been a pioneer in creating spaces in the Hospital México and San Juan de Dios public hospitals, where it has succeeded in the introduction of recreational therapies and in offering companionship, always much in demand by patients.