July 4 2019, Salone de’ Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze
Tommasino e Paolo Bacciotti
When he was only 9 months old, Tommaso Bacciotti, known as Tommasino, was diagnosed with pinealoblastoma, a rare and aggressive type of brain tumor. Sadly, despite intensive chemotherapy and neurosurgical interventions at the Meyer Hospital in Florence and abroad to reduce his tumor and control his disease for one year, Tommasino passed away on December 19, 1999. Upon the outpouring of support they received following little Tommasino’s death, his parents Barbara and Paolo established a fund in his name dedicated to the study and care of infant brain cancers and the assistance of families forced to face this kind of difficult journey.
Today, the Tommasino Bacciotti Foundation has supported the Meyer Hospital in Florence for over 17 years, funding medical and scientific research projects totaling €900,000, as well as the Family Housing Project, which has provided families traveling long-distance to the Meyer Hospital with complimentary living accommodations since 2010. Currently, the Family Housing Project offers 20 extended-stay apartments free of charge for families of infants and children receiving treatment for brain cancer at the Meyer Hospital, and even offers food through the support of its partner companies. With accommodations for up to 90 people a day, the foundation saves families an average of €980,000 a year in hotel costs.
In addition to economic support, the foundation offers referrals, helpful volunteer services and more, providing a constant presence for families to rely on during the treatment of their child. Amenities include playhouse activities for the children that inspire and nurture creativity, as well as psychological support for their parents. Dedicated to providing a sense of normalcy for the patients and their families, the foundation also offers Florence excursions with specialized guides and equipment, as well as special group dinners and entertainment. With the proceeds from the Florence China Charity Event, the foundation plans to add two new additional apartments, increasing the number of accommodations available to families in the Meyer Hospital network to 22 extended-stay apartments.