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The history of the agreement between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Association for Bone Marrow Transplantation (ATMO) dates back to 1997 when Mercedes Álvarez accompanied her little niece Michelle to Italy to treat a type of leukemia.

At that time, Michelle needed a stem cell transplant that was almost impossible for a person with “limited economic resources in Venezuela, but with the help of many hands, she managed to get to Italy to obtain this operation.”

Upon her return, Mercedes, Michelle’s aunt, founded the Foundation for Bone Marrow Transplantation in Maracaibo to get other children in need of transplants to travel to Italy to get them.

Seven years later, she created the Association for Bone Marrow Transplantation, twin sister of the Italian association that operated on her niece, which encouraged travel to Italy for children in need of transplants.

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