Brothers Fabián and Daniel are preschool students at the Red Nose School. Despite their complicated economic situation and the difficulties involved in getting to the school, they rarely miss a class and always attend wearing their best smiles.
Daniel, the older of the two, is 8 years old and suffers from retinoblastoma (eye cancer.) He is one of the most hard-working and responsible students at the school. His teacher, Carla, is confident that he will become a fine professional.
He dreams of continuing his studies and having a future. “When I grow up and earn a lot of money I’ll buy my mother a house and a car because she’ll be a very old woman,” he declares.
Fabián, the younger brother, is healthy and also attends the Red Nose School. By attending the same school, the family is not burdened with additional expenses for transport and material. “Fabián’s case has taught us much about the integration of healthy children in our school. We want to do away with the idea that only children and young people with diseases can attend the school,” states Alejandro Barbosa, the school president.
The “Red Nose School” project, developed by the NGO Campeones de la Vida NR A.C., with the support of Fundación MAPFRE, offers educational support to 60 boys and girls with cancer and of few financial resources, in the state of Jalisco. The school provides support from primary to high school to these children and young people who, due to their diseases and the treatments they undergo, cannot continue with their studies.