UEFA President Michel Platini presented the UEFA Monaco Charity Award to the Stefano Borgonovo Foundation in support of the research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The 1m euros cheque was handed over to Stefano Borgonovo’s wife and to Italian football player Fabio Cannavaro during the official diner gala following the UEFA Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco. Stefano Borgonovo, the former AC Milan and ACF Fiorentina striker, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 42. This severe neurological condition causes the progressive loss of all muscle function. The Stefano Borgonovo foundation was set up by the former Italian international, his wife and his eldest daughter 2008 with an aim to help the 350,000 ALS sufferers worldwide.
“This year’s Monaco Charity Award reflects UEFA’s commitment to improving health across Europe.”
“Those of us who are able to play football may take the ability to move for granted. By donating the funds to the Stefano Borgonovo foundation we hope to make a positive contribution to ALS treatment research and also provide support to ALS patients and their families“, said UEFA President Michel Platini.
“The foundation is honoured to receive the UEFA Monaco Charity Award, which is the biggest single donation we’ve ever been given”, said Chantal Borgonovo. “With the backing of UEFA we will drive forward our campaign in Italy through a much needed investment into the research of stem cell transplantation therapy for neurological disorders”.
The €1m will be spent on pioneering stem-cell research led by Professor Angelo Vescovi, one of the discoverers of brain stem cells. The foundation also currently provides services to help families of ALS sufferers and will launch Hospital At Home, a pilot programme for the care of patients in their homes. It aims to develop a fully equipped service to help ALS sufferers at all stages of the disease through the mobile laboratory with all the necessary diagnostic equipment and software.sportetcitoyennete