José Carreras raised more than 6.6 million Euros in the XVI television Gala against Leukaemia in Germany
Once again, the German public has demonstrated its immense generosity and sensitivity in the fight against leukaemia. The 16th charity Gala of the José Carreras International Foundation against Leukaemia raised over 6.6 million Euros in donations. This television marathon was celebrated last night in Leipzig and was broadcast by the German television network ARD.
In order to reach this success, José Carreras enjoyed the support of many renowned artists who performed during the Gala, such as Sting and Michael Bolton among others.
The sixteen charity Galas to be organized by the José Carreras International Foundation against Leukaemia have raised more than 89 million Euros to benefit the fight against leukaemia. The Foundation invests these funds in scientific research; the promotion and search for bone marrow donors and umbilical cord blood volunteers for patients who do not have a compatible family member; the promotion of hospital infrastructures and the provision of social services for patients and their families.
Thanks to the solidarity of the German public over one hundred research and social projects have been supported. In Spain, these funds have helped to finance projects such as the umbilical cord blood bank in Barcelona and the alloreactivity laboratory established in the Catalan Institute of Oncology. The funds raised by the Gala have also served to finance joint research projects between German and Spanish centres, such as the hematology services at the Maternity Hospital in Vall d'Hebron and the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona. Another project to benefit was the Pethema programme which saw more than 40 Spanish centres collaborate with German centres to improve the protocols of the treatment process.