From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian
At 40, Silvina Munilla is a successful attorney, law professor, and 16-year member of the Rotary Club of Catedral al Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She’s also a driving force behind a project that brought 34 clubs across six countries together to help children with cancer. Through a Rotary Foundation global grant, her club, along with District 1640 (France), provided $45,100 worth of equipment to the Hospital de Niños Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos Aires.
Munilla says her goal was to help families who have received the worst possible news by improving the pediatric hospital’s infrastructure; the project supplied necessities including dialysis chairs and a specialized microscope. Munilla, a mother of four, understands what it feels like to get this news. Her six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at age two. She underwent treatment and has been in remission for four years.
“You can’t imagine anything worse than a child with cancer,” Munilla says, acknowledging that the project has been a part of her healing process. “Thanks to God, and medicine, my daughter lived.” Through her club’s project, other families facing a cancer diagnosis have hope – the equipment will improve care for 350 children in Argentina annually.