CULTURE

President inaugurates a project of MDA Hellas

“There is no disease without a cure, only diseases that have not yet found a form of cure,» is the credo of MDA Hellas, an association which helps people with muscular dystrophy and their families, for whom there was previously no form of assistance. For Vana Lavida, MDA Hellas president and the board of directors, their first goal has been achieved. The first specialized unit for neuromuscular diseases has opened. It has high-tech equipment, like a machine offered by Siemens which examines the heart without doing a cardiograph, which is too painful for MD sufferers. The opening ceremony was simple. The unit is housed in a wing of the Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, refurbished by MDA Hellas with the help of sponsors. The 200-square-meter unit has examining rooms and a large reception area for the relatives of patients. Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos cut the ribbon and congratulated MDA Hellas and their sponsors for establishing this innovative unit. The major sponsors are Glaxo, Interamerican, Lavipharm and its president, Thanassis Lavidas, Siemens, Giorgos and Katy David and Coca-Cola Hellas. Among those present were honorary MDA Hellas president and instigator of the project, Elizabeth Baylies-Burns, and American Ambassador Tom Miller and his wife Bonny.