The 2018 Pequeno Príncipe Gala will honor two women who have dedicated their lives to transforming the stories of children and adolescents from all over the country, and providing more health, wellness and quality of life to thousands of boys and girls.
Ety da Conceição Gonçalves Forte is a beloved volunteer who, for the last 52 years, has been dedicated to her boldest project, the implementation of Pequeno Príncipe, the country’s largest pediatric hospital. A visual artist, in 1966 she took over the chief role of Dr. Raul Carneiro Hospital Association for Childhood Protection, maintaining organization of Pequeno Príncipe Complex.
César Pernetta Children’s Hospital, as it was known then, was being run by the state but under her command, with perseverance and dedication, the structure was upgraded and the treatment to children of the State was amplified. One of the results of her work: Pequeno Príncipe, next to the old hospital, was implanted and currently carries out more than 300,000 outpatient treatments and 20,000 surgeries every year.
Since the beginning of her work, there have been many achievements. There are more than five decades of love, projects and accomplishments led by Ety, who never spared efforts to transform the reality of patients through humanized treatment, care and love.
Dedication to children with cancer
The Gala’s scientific honor will be given to Flora Mitie Watanabe, pediatric oncologist, who has been dedicated to the care and treatment of children and adolescents with cancer for over four decades. Born in Curitiba, she completed her Medical University Degree in 1974 at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR). She completed her residence in Pediatrics at Pequeno Príncipe Hospital and is one of Brazil’s first oncological pediatricians.
Currently, she is a member of the Paraná Association to Support Children with Neoplasia (APACN) Scientific Commission and is also a part of the Brazilian Society of Pediatric Oncology. At Pequeno Príncipe, Flora is chief of the Oncology and Hematology Service, residence coordinator in Pediatric Cancerology and is also president of the Hospital Bioethics Committee.