A Hospital’s Heartbreaking Portrayal of the Cancer Journey Shows the Uplifting Power of Love

WMcCann's animation launches the rebrand of Hospital de Amor

'The Fall' tells the story of a child's rapid and terrifying plunge into the world of cancer treatment. WMcCann
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The Hospital de Cancer de Barretos, an internationally renowned children’s cancer treatment center, has been renamed the “Hospital de Amor,” or “Hospital of Love” to promote the power of love as the most effective resource in fighting cancer.

To promote the rebranding, WMcCann Brazil created a short animated film illustrating how love is the most powerful force against cancer. The touching film shows the devastating effects of childhood cancer, from the debilitating treatments to the emotional toll on family, friends and caretakers.

The film was made from the point of view of the child, and shows her journey after her diagnosis . With no dialogue, the message is delivered through the emotive song and lovely animation. The film is titled “The Fall,” which is both literal in the film and also a metaphor for that moment when the floor gives way beneath you, and you are plunged into the unknown. Loving family, doctors and friends act as balloons that support you emotionally and physically, because love never lets you down.

The animated film, produced by Zombie Studio and Loud, is the first piece of major communication concerning the hospital’s rebranding. The emotionally charged message in the video was inspired by the hospital’s new identity.

“The creative solution came up almost naturally, as the new hospital name is nothing but a fundamental component to treat the disease. It also shows a more modern and humane approach for the treatment,” said André Marques, WMcCann Creative Vice-President.

For many who worked on the project, it had a very personal connection.

“Since the beginning, we were very engaged and moved by the theme, especially considering some of the crew members have personally experienced the hardship of having a loved one facing cancer,” said Paulo Garcia, Zombie Studio partner and movie director.

The song “Heart Full of Love” was composed specifically for the project by Felipe Vassão and Rafa Kabelo, from Loud Studio, and was performed by the North American singer Rebecca Peters.

“We literally loved the challenge of help telling this story through a song,” said Felipe Vassão, conductor at LOUD studios, “and both the creatives and the movie directors gave us total freedom to create, something very rare nowadays.”


Agency: WMcCann
Client: Hospital de Amor
Campaign title: The fall
CCO: Hugo Rodrigues and André Marques
Creative directors: Eiji Kozaka and Marcelo Conde
Creatives: Gustavo Cavinato, Francisco Oliveira, Eiji Kozaka, Marcelo Conde and Ian Hartz
Account service: Rafaela Reis, Catarina Trajano, Luís Figueira e Mariana Rissi
Projetos: Jaqueline Travaglin and Denise Kotsubo
Media: Horácio Rosário, Daniel Neves, Vitória Lobo and Lucas Gonçalves
RTVC: Marcelo Hack, Julia Seligmann and Viviane Guedes
Production house: Zombie Studio
Film Director: Paulo Garcia
Client service: Victoria Scaff e Leticia Baptista
Sound production house: Loud
Sound production: Loud
Client approval: Henrique Duarte Prata, Henrique Moraes Prata, Karina Carreira and Patrícia Moura

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@cara_02 Cara Anderson is a contributor to Adweek.