FoCP, IACAD take 28 cancer patients on Umrah

SHARJAH, The Friends of Cancer Patients, FoCP, in collaboration with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, IACAD, has organised an Umrah trip for 28 cancer patients and four FOCP supervisors, to provide moral support and enable them to perform Umrah rituals, which will help ease their suffering and overcome the challenges facing their treatment, through hope and spiritual guidance.

The initiative is part of the FoCP’s belief in psychological and spiritual support for cancer patients.

The IACAD covered the entire cost of the trip, to improve its institutional cooperation and community initiatives and as part of its corporate social responsibility while the FOCP made the arrangements and facilitated the medical and wellness procedures of the patients.

On their arrival at Mecca, the group was supervised by a team who monitored their requirements and needs throughout their Umrah. The team included Horia Ahmed, Patient Affairs Senior Executive, Hamid Al Hamid, Community Affairs Executive, Badr Al Juaidi, Events and Logistics Senior Executive and nurse Dina Abdul Salam Salem.

Amel Al Maazmi, Beneficiary Support and Community Affairs Manager at the FoCP, said, “We, at the FOCP, are working relentlessly to prevent patients from losing confidence, because they trust themselves, their doctors and their families through their recovery. Therefore, we are offering them the best possible psychological support.”

“We sincerely hope that this spiritual journey to perform Umrah rituals will achieve results and give the patients solemn time. We hope that their self-confidence, faith and positivity have been boosted by the trip,” she added.

“It is not uncommon to see our national institutions take the initiative to provide aid and assistance to those in need. The IACAD’s initiative reflects the deeply-rooted interdependence and cohesion in Emirati society. We appreciate this initiative, and we are confident that it will promote joint action that will bring together official institutions and civil society organisations in supporting humanitarian work,” Al Maazmi further added.

Breast cancer survivor Afaf Al Sayyed expressed her happiness at the opportunity to make an Umrah visit. “Visiting the Kaaba and performing Umrah has always been my dream, which has become a reality, thanks to the FoCP and the IACAD. This was one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” she said.

“The psychological boost I received after visiting one of the holiest sites in Islam is second to none. No words can express the feeling and comfort that people enjoy in the sanctity of the place,” she added.

She also thanked the FoCP for sending a special team to escort them while performing Umrah and its efforts to provide for the needs of the pilgrims, who felt comfortable and happy throughout the journey, which reflected positively on the patients.

Source: Emirates News Agency