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500cuori: One expat’s Fiat 500 journey to raise heart disease awareness

Letizia Cocco was 19 when she was diagnosed in 2002 with Long QT Syndrome, a genetic disease that causes tachycardia, a dangerously high heart rate.

Rather than letting this condition stop her, it made her want to seize life and live it to the full. She took this energy and determination with her from her native Italy when she moved to the Netherlands in 2006 to start life as an expat.

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Now 10 years later, and a new mum, Letizia has decided to take a journey that she is calling 500cuori. This adventure that not only combines her passions for travel and vintage Fiat 500s, but also raises awareness about an issue that is very - excuse the pun - close to her heart.

The 500cuori journey

On August 7, 2016, Letizia and her father set out to drive from Gavignano (near Rome), Italy, to her Leiden home in the Netherlands, in Peppy - their bright red vintage Fiat 500. They are travelling on the slow back roads and will use the journey to discover new places, to meet new people and to tell Letizia's story!

Raising awareness about heart disease

While travelling, Letizia will work to increase awareness about genetic heart diseases and to collect funds for the Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri in Pavia, where she was diagnosed with Long QT in 2002.

Letizia says, "500cuori is for all people born with a genetic heart disease and, above all, for my daughter. 500cuori is my humble wish to tell everyone: 'Never stop dreaming!'"

Follow 500cuori

You can follow the adventure on:
The 500cuori website
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Donate to the Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri in Pavia!

500cuori: One expat’s Fiat 500 journey to raise heart disease awareness

500cuori: One expat’s Fiat 500 journey to raise heart disease awareness

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Beatrice Clarke

Beatrice is a native Melbournian who moved to the Netherlands in 2009. With a background in independent publishing and fashion, Beatrice honed her understanding of Dutch language and culture working...

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