Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece paid a visit on Monday to the Marianna Vardinogiannis-“Elpida” Children’s Oncological Hospital Unit.
The archbishop was welcomed by Vardinogiannis, president of the Society of Friends of Children with Cancer (“Elpida”), along with the hospital director, doctors, staff, and children with their families. Bishop Symeon of Thespies led a prayer for the children’s health.
Archbishop Ieronymos and his staff exchanged Christmas greetings and distributed gifts to the hospitalised children.
The hospital, the first oncological hospital exclusively for children, was inaugurated in October 2010 by former President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias after the efforts of “Elpida”, founded in 1990 to address a rising need for volunteers of bone marrow to treat children with cancer.
The archbishop had officiated at the inauguration blessing in 2010, and is actively promoting a programme with the hospital to encourage more volunteers to make bone marrow donations.