Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A fundraising event to fight Breast Cancer : Think Pink event supports May Jallad Foundation

BEIRUT iloubnan.info - June 22, 2010

For the third year in a row, the “Think Pink” breast cancer charity dinner was held yesterday night at the Sky Bar to raise funds in support of breast cancer patients in Lebanon. With a guest list of more than 1000 contributors, the event managed to raise over $100,000 USD in 2009 - all of which was donated to the May Jallad Foundation for Cancer- a non-profit organization focused on providing those in need with the essential resources to survive cancer.

The “Think Pink” breast cancer annual event is organized by a group of young Lebanese humanitarians who were inspired by witnessing firsthand the struggle many women are forced to endure when fighting breast cancer. “We do this because 1 out of every 8 women will have to fight breast cancer… and if caught early and treated properly… 9 out of 10 women will beat it!” said Karim Jabado, creator of Think Pink, “Think Pink is a life-long commitment for me… the foremost goal is to create awareness and promote early detection”

The event is made possible by many sponsors including Hoffmann-La Roche, Mazda and De La Cour who aim to emphasize the needed support of a friend or a family member to women who discover they have breast cancer throughout their treatment and hopefully recovery process. “Women need to be encouraged to face the disease bravely, knowing that many of them have a chance for survival if they detect it early, and asking key questions about the type of breast cancer they have so they can get tailored treatment that best suits their case” said Leila Koleilat, Roche communication manager.

"We can really make a difference in the lives of patients who need our help to obtain vital treatment. The donations collected today will immensely contribute to improving the quality of life of cancer patients who would otherwise continue to suffer in the absence of treatment - all together, one small step at a time, we can do our part to make cancer a thing of the past," commented Rima Dandashi, president of the May Jallad Foundation for Cancer.

As the treatment is expensive and difficult to obtain, the Foundation raises money through donations and accordingly the funds are granted with equal selection opportunity for all the patients in need via a fair arrangement with Makassed General Hospital.

Think Pink (part III), raised +163,000$ last night in SkyBar Beirut for the May Jallad Foundation to support Breast Cancer patients! Well done cousin!! :)

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