Created on 03-12-2018 at 11:00 AM by Matt Hardy
Time flew by and Danilo Barthel and Derrick Williams stayed longer than expected: On one of their rare days without training, the captain of FC Bayern Basketball and US-Forward Williams visited the Children's Hospital Munich Schwabing and its cancer ward. Together with young patients, the pros of the German champion picked up colored pencils for a good cause. Barthel and Williams had almost a dozen pairs of basketball shoes with them, which they painted creatively with the young people. The signed works of art in sizes between 48 and 52 will be worn by Barthel, Williams and other players at the "One Team" match day of the EuroLeague on December 14th against Zalgiris Kaunas (20:30 Audi Dome) - and will later be auctioned off for the benefit of the Children's Hospital Foundation.
In addition, this year the children and adolescents cared for by the children's clinic on an outpatient and inpatient basis will be responsible for designing the FCBB Christmas cards. In return, the Bavarian basketball players are therefore asking for donations this year for the benefit of the Schwabing Children's Hospital Foundation instead of small presents from or for partners, sponsors and other close companions on the occasion of the festival: Account at UniCredit Munich, IBAN: DE 97700 202700 01573 4026, subject "FCBB".
Danilo Barthel: "Here you quickly notice what really counts".
Barthel and Williams later learned about the everyday tasks of the paediatric clinic's team of nurses and doctors at the oncology ward. Some of the young cancer patients were able to visit them; Selfies, autographs and the FCB-Berni as a small gift were also very welcome. "Here you quickly notice what really counts," said Danilo Barthel. "Strength and will have a completely different meaning." And Derrick Williams: "I am really glad that we were able to keep this appointment, the experience was very informative.
Donations for the children's hospital's playground project
The commercial clinic manager Tim Guderjahn thanked the Bayern basketball players for the team at the Schwabing children's clinic: "This was a very special event for our teams of courageous small and committed big fighters at the children's clinic. We are happy when the works of art are shown to the public and at the end of the day our patients benefit again from the proceeds".
According to the foundation's chairman Armin Grübl, the donations will be used primarily for the planned playground project; the former playground had to give way to the new clinic building. "A replacement is urgently needed for our young patients, who do not have to stay in their rooms permanently. It can't wait until the new building is finished in two years." The paediatrician continued: "Normalcy must also be maintained in the case of illness, which contributes to recovery". The foundation is also planning a house for parents so that they can stay with their seriously ill children.
The Munich Schwabing Children's Hospital Foundation developed out of an initiative by parents whose children were patients there. As patients, they have experienced the high standard of medical and nursing care for their children as well as the care provided by nurses and doctors for their little patients. Both make the Children's Hospital Munich Schwabing one of the leading pediatric hospitals in Germany. In addition to parents, a number of respected Munich citizens as well as doctors and nursing staff of the clinic are involved in the foundation.