A group of children with leukemia enjoyed an exciting day at 2010 World EXPO thanks to Project HOPE and Hospira.
Shanghai, China, October 20, 2010
The excitement of the World EXPO held in Shanghai in 2010 was such a big event that everybody was eager to attend, including the young patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC.) But attending such a big event can be difficult for the young leukemia patients. Many are too weak to walk or stand for an extended period of time and large crowds can present the potential of too many germs, so the children rarely have the chance to go out and play.
To help these children realize their EXPO dream, Hospira Shanghai staff and Project HOPE worked together to obtain a special passport for the young patients to visit the USA Pavilion at the EXPO. John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE and Ms. Lucy Wang from Hospira along with U.S. Commissioner General, Mr. Jose Vilarreal had the privilege of accompanying the excited children to the big event.
At the USA Pavilion, the children were treated to a personal tour, learned about American culture, watched a special video and were presented with cute teddy bears.
When the children arrived back to SCMC, they were still immersed in happiness. Their parents were very grateful to SCMC, Hospira, and Project HOPE for providing their children with such a wonderful opportunity to go out, breath fresh air and live a colorful life.