The aim of the initiative is to strengthen the ties between cancer patients and healthcare personnel. The bell is there for patients to ring when they have finished their treatment or have received good news, to express their joy and as a symbol of triumph at the end of a hard and difficult stage of treatment.
The Spanish cancer association, the AECC, wants the sound of the 'Bell of Dreams' (Campana de los Sueños) to remain with patients as an exciting memory and become an objective to achieve that transmits hope and support to everyone who is fighting cancer.
The AECC installed the newest bell at the pre-launch of the new oncology floor at the Hospital Quirón in Malaga recently.
The presentation was attended by Francisco Aguilar, provincial president of AECC Málaga, accompanied by Pedro González, manager of the Junta Provincial of AECC Málaga, Rosa Villena, president of the Comité de Acción Social of AECC Málaga and Paloma Gómez, vicepresident of AECC Fuengirola.
The initiative, to install a bell for patients to ring, was the wish of Miriam Segura Navarro, who had seen the system in Toronto, where she had received treatment and where it was called 'The Bravery Bell'. She returned to Marbella to continue her treatment with her family and expressed a desire that the hospital also had a bell like the one in Canada.
Unfortunately Miriam died last year but her mother, Concha Navarro, became a key figure in the project and was also at the ceremony to install this bell in Hospital Quirón.
The first 'bell of dreams' was installed in the Hospital Costa del Sol Marbella (where Miriam was treated) in December last year, and the second in the Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria just before Easter.