The arrival of social networks allowed us to learn about stories from around the world, although some of them are closer than we thought. A Banfield fan saw a young woman in the Florencio Sola stands giving a bottle to a baby, she took a photo and it went viral.
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“Where will the award for the best fan be for this mother, right?” Florencia wrote on be in the same situation.
But the protagonist of the image was not the mother of that little boy named Felipe, but his sister, Alma, 14 years old. Nayla, their mother, is fighting leukemia and she could not accompany her children to the court, although her husband, who is not seen in the image, did.
“We don't manage Twitter and a friend of my husband's, who is also a Banfield fan, warned us. He asked my husband if he was on the court and said, 'look.' And then he gave us the photo,” the woman told TN.
The publication with the photo of Alma and Felipe that went viral. (Photo: Capture X @flopitaladro)
Due to the illness she is going through, Nayla could not be present at Lencho Sola in the match on the first day of the League Cup against Huracán. That day she was admitted to the El Cruce de Varela high-complexity hospital to continue her treatment. But the family was rooting for the club they loved and a photo of Alma and Felipe became, in some way, a balm.
“I started crying with joy, with emotion, to see my children like this. “I know how Alma takes care of her little brother,” Nayla said and told how powerful it was for her to see that image that went viral: “They gave me the photo on Saturday and on Monday my doctors came and told me 'Nayla, we have to take care of you.'” do the puncture now and you're discharged, your values went up, but you don't know, in a way that you can leave now.'”
Julio César Falcioni, strength and inspiration beyond football
Regarding how football allows us to identify beyond the ages, Banfield has a history of improvement sitting every weekend on the substitute bench. Julio César Falcioni fought laryngeal cancer years ago and today he is a figure of inspiration for people like Nayla, who face similar situations.
“It is very difficult, honestly, to go through this disease and even more so when you have children, a job, a life, a family. First it's 'why me?', then you go down and say, 'well, what are the treatment expectations?'. And you start to think 'who do I know who had a disease like mine and beat it?' Obviously, Julio crossed my path because when he was sick I followed the entire situation closely,” Nayla explained.
“I am fighting for myself, to have a full life for the rest of my children's lives, to see them grow up and to be able to spend the rest of my life with my husband,” she added.
Nayla and Carlos with their children, Alma and Felipe. (Photo: Courtesy Nayla Loana).
A family crossed by Banfield
The love for Taladro runs in the family: Nayla went to the field for the first time to accompany her sister several years ago and, since then, she became a fanatical Banfield fan, differentiating herself from her father, who is from Independiente. Some time later she transmitted that love – which she shares with her husband Carlos – to her children. Both Alma and Felipe have known Florencio Sola since they were very little.
“Alma didn't want to miss, she wanted to climb the fence, she wanted to be there, she watched, she yelled at the players. Felipe started going to the court now, he only went two or three games ago, at 20 months old,” Nayla explained.
Alma, Carlos and Felipe on the Banfield field. (Photo: Courtesy Nayla Loana).
The repercussions of the photo that went viral
In addition to what it caused in Nayla, the photo of Alma and Felipe also caused a group of Taladro fans to start a movement to help this fan pay for the treatment and the expenses that arise from it.
Nayla and her family visited the Taladro property in Luis Guillón at the invitation of the Banfield leadership. Of course, Falcioni was one of those who signed their shirt. (Photo: courtesy of Banfield Press).
For its part, the club invited the family to spend a moment with the professional team at the Luis Guillón property. There they met the players and Nayla met Julio César Falcioni. In addition, they took a shirt signed by all the footballers as part of the tribute that the institution paid them in gratitude for their inexhaustible love for Banfield, even in difficult times.