CHOP patient Gianna Masciantonio made national headlines three years ago when she was kissed on the head by Pope Francis during his visit in Philadelphia. Little did the Pope know Gianna had a brain tumor. She was diagnosed with histiocytosis, a rare blood disorder that formed a brain tumor.
Nearly three years later, Gianna, 3, is now tumor-free, and her family credits their daughter’s recovery to faith and the team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). To show their appreciation, the Masciantonios donated $50,000 to CHOP in the name of Gianna’s foundation, For the Love of Grace.