Ter Stegen, Pedri and Riqui Puig bring hope to three sick children
In recent weeks Marc-André ter Stegen, Pedri González and Riqui Puig of the FC Barcelona senior squad have held online meetings with three children suffering from serious illnesses or on the road to recovery. These meetings are part of FC Barcelona’s pediatric emotional well-being program, which has been operating online since the start of the pandemic.
The kids explained to the players how they cope with the lockdown and what it means for them to be able to chat with their idols. And the players took the opportunity to tell them how much they admired these children for their courage in the face of their illnesses, which means spending so much time in isolation. Talking to FC Barcelona players has injected vitality and optimism into their lives.
Pedri spoke with 18-year-old Lluís Boada, who lives in Valls (Tarragona). He studies at home and rarely goes out due to his illness, congenital muscular dystrophy. He loves playing on PlayStation and watching football matches.
Riqui Puig was talking to José Luis Domínguez, 14, who lives in Barcelona and has a brain tumor, due to which, along with Covid-19, he is studying at home. He enjoys trains, Lego and sports, as well as listening to sports news.
And Ter Stegen reached out to Miguel Ángel, 15, from Andorra, who is recovering from a cancer-related illness. He really loves football and his dream is to become a sports writer.
Pediatric Emotional Wellness Program
Emotional state and a supportive environment have been shown to play a key role in the effectiveness of treatment and improve the healing processes of sick children. This is why the Barça Foundation, aware of the way in which Barça and its players are able to generate positive emotions, is carrying out this program to support these children and their families.
To help improve the quality of life of children in hospital and with complex illnesses, the Barça Foundation has been working for several years with the main children’s hospitals in Catalonia, which treat children with very serious illnesses, as well as other major institutions. . in the area.
Statement by Mària Vallès, Managing Director of the Barça Foundation
“Actions like these with the players, not only of the football team but also of other sports played at the club and which we organize all year round, are an emotional reinforcement for children with serious illnesses. Families and doctors enjoy these activities because they dramatically improve the emotional well-being of children. “