RICC (Research Into Childhood Cancer) was founded in 1989.
RICC was founded after Philip Sacarello, son to Anthony and Margaret, died from Neuroblastoma. Philip was a lively intelligent boy, with many sporting interests and an outgoing personality. He enjoyed being with friends and took an active part in any club he belonged to.
Then, shortly before his ninth birthday, and for a reason yet unknown, he was found to have Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer. Within a very short time, his life had changed, but not his attitude to life. Philip battled through the onslaught of the (then) experimental treatment whilst taking advantage of every ‘normal’ moment available to him. Sadly, the treatment proved too severe and he passed away in April 1989.
RICC was founded in November 1989 following Philip’s death. Margaret and Anthony (Philip’s parents) decided to take a proactive role to try and prevent this happening to other families. The charity has worked hard in this time to raised funds for cancer research at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Its 2 principle objectives are to find a cure for childhood cancer and to ensure that the treatment administered is as non-invasive as possible.
We at RICC aim to:
1) Help children with cancer by funding research which not only looks at ways of ‘curing’ but which also endeavours to make that means of healing less traumatic.
2)To play an informative role and to keep the people of Gibraltar informed about some of the Research projects being undertaken in the UK, and
3) to commit 25% of any monies raised from an even organised by RICC Committee to a specific Paediatric need in Gibraltar – this in turn would be decided by discussion with the Trustees and the Committee.All photos were taken from the Internet and are assumed to be in the public domain. In the event that there is a problem with copyright material, the break of the copyright is unintentional and noncommercial. Let me know and the material will be removed immediately.