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MENAFN Press - 14/04/2014
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(MENAFN Press) A team from the Friends of Cancer Patients society (FoCP) visited the Children's Cancer Ward at Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, on the occasion of Mothers' Day with a 'Toy Cart' in tow for young patients who have been touched by cancer

The visit, which forms part of a larger childhood cancer programme planned for this year, aimed to make a difference in the lives of patients by educating and empowering mothers on how to deal with cancer, and spread joy and cheer among children receiving cancer treatment

Among the visitors to the Children's Ward were members of the visiting FoCP delegation, including Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, Secretary General for Friends of Cancer Patients, and senior officials from Tawam Hospital.

The young cancer patients, their mothers and caregivers were seated together in the hospital's spacious play area. Toys, goodies and colouring pencils and paints were distributed among the children, who then participated in arts and crafts activities along with their mothers

Activities included mask-making and more

There were some children who, either due to the progression of their illness, or the level of treatment, were not able to assemble in the play area. The Toy Cart was towed to each of their rooms to distribute gifts

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sawsan A Madhi said, "Mothers play a vital role in bringing up their children, and through them, a whole society. We can only try to understand the situation of those mothers who strive to make the lives of their children, who have been touched by cancer, bearable. The Toy Cart is an initiative which aims to ignite hope in the hearts of young cancer patients. This visit was planned to coincide with the Mothers' Day celebrations and to create activities where mothers could participate together with their children.

Dr Al Madhi added, "The doctors, nurses and care givers at Tawam Hospital are doing a commendable job with the young cancer patients, helping them towards a speedy recovery. And last but not the least, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the volunteers who worked to make this event a success"

Humaid Al Mansouri, Deputy Chief CEO, at Tawam Hospital, said, "Initiatives such as the FoCP's Toy Cart are not only smile generators; they can help children and their care givers cope with the arduous task of dealing with cancer. I thank the Friends of Cancer Patients society for making this innovative initiative a regular feature of their cancer advocacy programme.

Hamleys, Toys R us, the Body Shop and Nail Spa collaborated with FoCP for this special event on the occasion of Mothers' Day

About Friends of Cancer Patients
The Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) is a UAE based charitable society providing its services across the United Arab Emirates to all residents of the country. FoCP was established in late 1999 in accordance with the directives and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed AI Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Founder and royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients charitable society. (FoCP). Being the leading cancer specific charity operating in the UAE, FoCP, an NGO and registered charity, has since its inception continuously delivered moral, financial, and clinical support to over 900 patients and their families, regardless of their nationality, gender, age, religion, or ethnicity. The primary focus is on promoting awareness around early detectable cancers within the UAE community. FoCP has also initiated numerous leading cancer focused awareness programmes targeting the community, which have become recognised locally, regionally, and internationally. FoCP is committed to helping cancer patients and their families get through the long and arduous journey of cancer treatment. Their motto is "We're with you". FoCP provides a broad spectrum of support including, covering treatment expenses for chemotherapy, radiation and other needed medications, in addition to expenses for investigative and surgical procedures. They also provide transportation and food allowances for underprivileged cancer patients, facilitate in sending patients abroad for treatment, provide prosthetic limbs, medical equipment, psychological and moral support for patients and their families. FoCP's volunteer team consists of businessmen and women, doctors, nurses, students, and the families of patients from various nationalities who have undertaken the responsibility of helping and supporting cancer patients. FoCP is constantly raising the bar and setting new targets to expand on its achievements to date and empower the community to change the cultural and social stigma associated with cancer.FoCP is a member and affiliate of a number of different organisations including, the Kuwait-based Gulf Federation for Cancer Control, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) based in Geneva Switzerland, and the US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research which is supported by the US Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). FoCP has garnered widespread recognition and awards from numerous leading institutions, locally, regionally, and internationally for FoCP leading role in helping cancer patients and creating awareness about the disease.



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