(MENAFN Editorial) 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 SawsanAl 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