Adolescents and young people suffering from cancer should not be treated in the same way as adults. During their hospitalization they need a special environment where they can find support and companionship so that they can feel at home. The Daniel project has made great strides in this regard. Since 2010, the project has managed to set up a specific space in three out of the four hospitals treating cancer in the country for adolescents and young people who have been hospitalized in the fight against this disease.
Being around patients of the same age helps foster friendships and encourages young people to take part in recreational activities. The goal is to ensure that the 380 young people who are supported by the organization do not lose hope or the will to live, and that they do not become depressed.
The association also looks after the families most in need, by helping them to pay for their child's medicines, their transport to the treatment centers and dietary needs.
However, the association's activities are not only taking place within hospitals. They also run educational sessions in schools where children have been diagnosed with cancer, in order to teach their classmates about this disease and, above all, to help prevent bullying of the patients once they return to school after having been in hospital.
Over the years, the volunteers, patients, parents and family members have built strong ties. Together they all form part of one big family that is the Daniel project. In Costa Rica, thanks to this association, young people with cancer are not alone.