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Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

Hope (elpida in Greek) is a very powerful word.  A very fundamental concept.  It exudes optimism and consolation, aspiration and expectation, positive thinking as regards the present and the future.  If we chose to give the name “ELPIDA” to our Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, it was precisely because we wanted to convey the message that science and social interest can enhance and change the lives of sick children and fill them with hope for the future.

Twenty years after “ELPIDA” was founded, we are in the fortunate position of being able to state with certainty that this hope has become a happy reality for hundreds of children.  It has become new life.  A hopeful life.  And that the word “hope” has become for our Association an even more powerful concept since it incorporates humanity, solidarity, generosity, hard work and selfless contribution, since its message encompasses social mobilization.

All the members of the Association have undertaken a single commitment: that in a changing world, in the new Europe that is being born, the hope for a better life for sick children will always remain alive.  Hope for life.  Stand for life.  Act for life.


Marianna V. Vardinoyannis
UNESCO Good Will Ambassador
President of the "ELPIDA" Association

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The "ELPIDA" Association of Friends of Children with Cancer is moving its offices temporarily. For your convenience we may be reached at the following phone numbers...


The "ELPIDA" Association "twins" with Georgia's "Iashvili Children's Central Hospital" and "Solidarity Fund"

A document confirming the “twinning” of the "ELPIDA" Association and the "Aghia Sofia" Children’s Hospital with the "Iashvili Children's Central Hospital" and the "Solidarity Fund" of Georgia was signed this morning, 14 July 2016...


Collaboration between the "ELPIDA" Foundation in Cyprus and the "ELPIDA" Association in Greece

On Monday, 11 July 2016, in a solemn ceremony, held at the Presidential Palace in Cyprus, in the presence of Presidents of Cyprus and the Greek Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades and Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the "ELPIDA" Foundation for Children with Cancer and Leukemia and the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA"...


Give hope, give life!

On 2 and 3 July 2016, Vision of Hope volunteers, along with Samaritans, transplant unit patients, volunteers, donors, doctors, nurses and friends, led by Scientific Director of the Volunteer Bone Marrow Donors Bank, Dr. Stelios Grafakos, and climbers of Naturalist Sports Mountaineering Association (FAOS)...


Kalogirou shops and Tory Burch support "ELPIDA"

The Kalogirou shops and American company Tory Burch, known for their sensitivity in matters where children are concerned and sharing a common sense of social responsibility, decided to make an alternative fashion event to support the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA"...


The Greek Motorcycle Club V-Strom in support of "ELPIDA"

The Greek Motorcycle Club V-Strom, which every year offers the revenues from sales of its calendars in support of charitable organizations, this year chose to support the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA"...


ELPIDA Scholarships

Within the framework of the multi-faceted support provided by the “ELPIDA” Association to children with neoplastic diseases and in collaboration with educational groups, we have procured two very important offers for our children...

  • Support the work of the Assosiation
  • Become a bone marrow donor!