The second edition of the “Living” World Sports March, one of the initiatives of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society, which includes 3000 people and 200 volunteers from different nationalities, kicked off yesterday morning with the aim of supporting cancer patients morally and financially, during events that promote hope and life for 24 hours. At the American University of Sharjah.
Ten schools, five universities, 13 sponsors and 20 government and private institutions took part in the march in conjunction with three similar rallies in India, the United States and South Africa to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and to honor the loved ones who lost their lives.
During the event, thousands of lanterns are lit.This represents a torch of hope in the heart of every patient and serves as a tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives due to cancer.The event also planted the national Ghaf tree, the official slogan of the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, which has become a symbol of steadfastness and strength in The desert atmosphere, in recognition of those who have overcome their will and determination to the disease, and reflect the great moral support for patients in the journey of treatment.
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, founding member of the Society of Friends of Cancer Patients, said: “The value of man is manifested in his assistance to his human counterpart, and to help him in all circumstances, and today we are in Sharjah, the emirate that has always cared about the human being and placed him on a priority. His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the wife of His Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Founding President of the Friends of Cancer Patients Association, believe that building the whole society lies in building people and building them on the right thought and enriching their knowledge. By culture and science, and all this for It is only available with health, which is the crown of life. '' She added: «The march for the second year urges pace towards life, and leads aspirations towards the prospects of hope and good, what we see today is an exceptional human appearance, activates the foundations of awareness for all members of society, the need to stand with cancer patients, and support them in the journey of their struggle, and we ask God that "They are blessed with abundance of health and well-being. Today we are stepping with them and their participants to enhance life and cultivate hope within mankind, to build in the whole society the determination, progress and prosperity."
In a speech during the opening of the event, the President of the Board of Directors, Sawsan Jaafar, that «the march that gathered around a large crowd, is one of the promising steps towards fighting a disease that changes the lives of those who are affected and those around him in radical ways», explaining that the attendance of participants and volunteers And partners give hope to fight cancer.
"Everyone in this process is a symbol of hope for a healthier future for all," she said. “This year's march has been expanded to include a full range of activities. The contribution of participants will have a major impact on the lives of people with cancer in the UAE, by monitoring the costs of treatment and spreading awareness by sharing experiences of those who have experienced these conditions. “Cancer prevention, treatment and coexistence will be used to support the efforts of friends of cancer patients to support patients and their families in the UAE.”
During the opening ceremony of the march to live, a special video awareness about the impact of cancer in the victim, and what it is going through during the initial knowledge of his injury, and the important role played by close friends and family, in terms of moral and psychological support, through a visual clarification through which the Association aimed to Strengthen the will, publicize the importance of coping with the disease, and mobilize efforts to stand by the victim in various life situations.