The testimony of José Carreras
One of the most important goals in my life is to do all that I possibly can to find the definitive cure for leukaemia.
In 1987, when I was in the prime of my life, leukaemia crossed my path. As it would be for anyone it was a huge shock, and the first moments were very difficult to accept. However, I thought that if there was a one in a million chance of overcoming the disease, that chance was mine. Independently of the medical treatment, I think that it is very important for patients to try to have a positive attitude in face of the disease. In my case, I am convinced that this attitude, an extraordinary medical team and the tireless support of my family were the keys to my recovery.
In 1988, once I had overcome the disease, I started the project of the foundation against leukaemia that takes my name. I felt in debt to society and to science, and I wanted to repay the love and support that I had received during the process of my own illness.
Obviously, the Foundation has contributed to give me a real sense of meaning to my life as a human being. To try to help the patients who are now living through the difficult situation that I experienced years ago, is a commitment. I've been very fortunate to be able to offer charitable concerts to raise funds for our cause and it is very rewarding to get involved daily in the management of our institution.
What other priorities do I have? Well, they are the same as most people. My big dream was, and always remains, my children, my grandchildren, and the other members of my family, my friends as well as my career. Life's priorities change after going through a situation as serious as the fight against leukaemia, and as a result we value much more what the things that are truly important in our lives are.