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Medicine · 03:28

Saving The Brave

  • By Zeinab Shaaban · Lebanon, MENA

 

Saving The Brave

Main aim of the charity

The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) is a regional reference center pioneering the treatment of Children with cancer: at no cost to their parents and with complete dependency on donation. The CCCL also spread awareness and education about disease and aims to insure optimal methods for regional and global cancer control. They admit patients as young as few month old and keep treating patients until they reach 18 years of age; and currently they have around 300 patients under treatment at CCCL. The treatment usually lasts for 3 years, costing an average of 55,000 USD a year for each patient, so a yearly need of 15 million USD. All children are treated free of charge. With no cost at all on their parents and without any form of discrimination. All patients referred to the CCCL are offered thorough diagnostic tests and admitted based on their non-discriminatory admission policy. Since 17 years the CCCL has treated over 1,650 children with cancer and offered more than 4,500 medical consultation to patients from all over Lebanon and the region. Currently, the CCL supports around 30% of all children with cancer in Lebanon, and the average cure rate reaches 80% for the beloved kids! The more funds they can have, the more patients they can treat!

How the employee got involved and why

After the death of my father 2 years ago, battling with cancer for five years and during the time of our grieving, my sisters and I started thinking about other families who suffered or are still suffering because of this disease. Later on, we got more involved with CCCL and even more with patients’ stories. It was very difficult for us to see a fragile innocent child at such a young age, to feel extreme pain and feel hopeless at same point. We started thinking of ways we can help cancer patients, whether morally or financially.

What work does the employee do for charity?

The CCCL would benefit the most from financial donation for the kids’ treatment to save lives. My sister is a university student, so we created a plan that would be dynamic for a fundraiser for the CCCL. We decided to spread cancer awareness through a tour around universities in Lebanon, and give the upcoming generation a chance to help and donate. We called the Campaign Supporting the Brave.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Help the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) ensure the treatment of kids with cancer, from Lebanon and the whole region, with no cost to their parents and with complete dependency on donations; given the tough economic situation and the increased number of cancer patients.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

Losing our Dad was a lifetime tragedy we will never forget and watching him suffer was a pain in the heart and soul, I needed to do something to compensate a little of my loss and to feel I did something useful for Cancer patients. I’m faithful and I believe that those Children are stronger than anything they face, and they teach us lessons from their bravery and hope. Winning for CCCL is life changing for the innocent children who are in pain, it’s the element that through it kids will be treated, cured and be healthy once again to start a new life with no fears and obstacles that can hinder them from having big dreams. One of the biggest impact would be seeing a Child and his parents happy after finally winning the battle and suffering for years. I only wish people would value this topic as much as I do and show more support because our children are precious and through them we have hope that keeps us going.

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