Giallorossi legend overheard announcement prior to Parma game.
Roma captain Francesco Totti is set to attempt to raise funds to help send a little girl to America for life saving surgery.
Ahead of Roma’s 3-1 win over Parma on Monday night at the Stadio Tardini, the 36-year-old overheard a stadium announcement explaining the plight of Chanel Bocconi and the club’s attempts to fundraise for her.
The Bocconi family need around €300,000 for an initial round of treatment, and as reported by Football Italia, through various supporter groups they have raised just a little over €200,000 thus far.
The girl, who shares the same first name as Totti’s daughter, suffers from a rare illness that her family are hoping to get treated in Boston.
Having heard the announcement, Totti was seen with young Chanel after the game and has committed to helping her family raise the rest of the required funds.
It is unquestionably a fantastic gesture from the Roma captain, and he is expected to begin work on helping them reach their financial target in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the World Cup winner is also expected to sign a new contract with his boyhood club later this month, which will extend his playing career to the age of 40.
He is then likely to take his place as an ambassador for the club, with a five-year deal being speculated in the Italian media.
Announcement at Parma about girl with rare illness. Totti overheard message, immediately involved in fundraising http://t.co/GVFcg6FG0E
— Matt Barker (@matthew_barker) September 18, 2013