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Child cancer patients gather to celebrate birthdays

By Lubna Ali - Jan 28,2013 - Last updated at Jan 28,2013

AMMAN — For the past two months, a local charitable association has been lifting the spirits of young cancer patients by organising group birthday parties for them.

Earlier this month, around 35 children with cancer gathered for a celebration for all their peers who had their birthdays during the month of January.

Organised by the “Yes to raise the morale of cancer patients” association, the child-oriented event included activities to entertain children such as skits, face-painting, a performing clown and magic tricks.

Volunteers also distributed toys to the children, ensuring that every child left with a handful of new toys.

Lena Flaifel, the association’s office manager, said that the organisers covered the JD5 cost of tickets to the event for those children whose families could not afford it.

“We are here to support kids with cancer by all means and we seek to make a significant difference in their lives and put smiles on their faces,” Handi Al Kurdi, head of “Yes to raise the morale of cancer patients”, said at the event.

Kids with cancer also participated in the event by reciting poetry and singing.

Amani Al Khalid, a leukaemia survivor, recited a poem about how patients can fight this disease through faith in God.

Shaden Abu Shabayek, who has been battling leukaemia for four years, sang a song during the event.

“I am so happy to participate in this event and also because I got the chance to sing. I want to dedicate this song to the association and to all the volunteers,” the 12-year-old said.

Rahaf Hussein, a 14-year-old who has been battling cancer for three years, delivered a speech in which she thanked her family and friends for all their support, in addition to the event organisers.

According to Flaifel, the association started holding the birthday gatherings last month to help cheer up kids with cancer. 

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