AURORA was created in 2018, to support patients with hematological diseases, reflecting the vision of Nicola David-Pinedo. Undergoing treatment for leukemia, during her bone- marrow transplant follow-up in Athens, Nicola and her husband, Clemente, witnessed the difficulties faced by patients. As a response to this need, Nicola and Clemente, decided to support patients facing financial hardship by providing a home where they could stay during that period.
Sadly, Nicola’s sudden passing, just a year later, meant that there was too little time to bring this thought to fruition. In June 2018, Nicola’s husband and family, began to turn this vision into a reality. AURORA is the outcome of their joint efforts, and embodies the commitment to support patients and their families in Greece. Originally launched in Athens, but with the scope of growing beyond the city’s geographical bounds, AURORA began by supporting patients, facilitating their access to treatment through the provision of accommodation in the Greek capital, while also offering leukemia and lymphoma patients a range of support services, supporting research and the work of leading Greek hospitals in this field.
Our mission is to make leukemia and other hematological diseases 100% curable.
Until that is realized, AURORA aims to improve care for patients, offer support to their families, increase the patient survival rate, support specialized medical centers in Greece and beyond, and promote the development of research in the field of oncohematology by bringing good people and good ideas together.
Our goal, in short, is to help patients and families through this difficult and traumatic time, and to fight this disease in a meaningful way.
Kaity David (Honorary Chairman)
Clemente Pinedo (Chairman)
Evangellos Manoudakis (Vice-Chairman)
Peggy Kliafas (Secretary General)
Mania Derdevani-Simatos (Treasurer)
Alexandra Tiligada-David (Member)
Ilias Scotiniotis (Member)
Lana de Beer David (Member)
Virginia Murray (Member)
Dimitris Karakasis (Member)