July 2020

FOCP receives AED 500,000 in donation from Dubai Islamic Bank

FOCP receives AED 500,000 in donation from Dubai Islamic Bank

The generous contribution made to Friends Of Cancer Patients aims to help those
burdened with high treatment costs

Friends Of Cancer Patients (FOCP), a non-profit organisation providing moral, financial, and medical support for cancer patients in the UAE, has received a donation of AED 500,000 for its ‘I Deserve a Life’ campaign from Dubai Islamic Bank, to aid cancer patients burdened with the high costs of medical treatment.

The donation made by Dubai Islamic Bank is part of its contribution in an ongoing collaboration with FOCP, now in its third year, to support cancer patients with their treatment costs.  Donations received by FOCP will cover some of the most expensive aspects of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgical procedures, amongst other medical services.

According to Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FOCP, “Dubai Islamic Bank’s contribution towards the ‘I Deserve a Life’ campaign is indicative of the wide-ranging support FOCP consistently receives from public and private sector entities in the UAE. Such dedication to a cause that affects thousands across the nation conveys a strong message to individuals and organisations on the importance of active community participation in charitable activities, and draws attention to FOCP’s efforts in fighting cancer and other noncommunicable diseases.”

“The ‘I Deserve a Life’ campaign has just entered its 8th edition, and gains even greater significance now as we come to terms with the outbreak of a serious pandemic. Such generous contributions help support cancer patients who are more vulnerable to communicable diseases due to their low immunity, and boosts the chances of recovery for more patients,” adds Al Madhi.

FOCP launched the eighth edition of ‘I Deserve a Life’ during the holy month of Ramadan based on the fatwa issued by the Permanent Fatwa Committee in Sharjah which permits the use of zakat funds to treat poor and needy patients if they cannot afford treatment costs.

The campaign, which was initially launched in 2013, has since collected nearly AED 10 million which has supported the treatment of 1,450 patients, and covered the costs of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, eradication, medications and laboratory tests.

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