This Doctor Founded A Safe Haven For Kids With Cancer In Peru

"I couldn't get the picture of the families sleeping on the floor out of my mind."

While Dr. Ricardo Pun-Chong was completing his medical training in Lima, he noticed that many families would travel long distances to seek medical help for their children.

"The journey, it's very difficult," Pun-Chong told CNN. "People have to cross the mountains or take a boat to cross the river. It can take many days. Just imagine having this trip with a kid with cancer."

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After making the long voyages, the families had little money left over to pay for accommodations and would often end up sleeping on the hospital floor.

"I couldn't get the picture of the families sleeping on the floor out of my mind," Pun-Chong told CNN. "So, I decided to do something for them."

In 2008, he founded the nonprofit, Inspira, which serves as a shelter and safe-haven for over 900 families. Most of the children in the shelter are fighting leukemia.

The organization provides families with housing, food, and a loving environment where "kids can just be kids," Pun-Chong said.

"The shelter is a very special place. We didn't only want people to have a place to sleep and food to eat, we also wanted to create a space to help the kids be cured. It's a place with a lot of love."

The organization provides families with housing, food, and a loving environment where "kids can just be kids," Pun-Chong said.

"The shelter is a very special place. We didn't only want people to have a place to sleep and food to eat, we also wanted to create a space to help the kids be cured. It's a place with a lot of love."

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