Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Blessings of the Season | tks @noboobsaboutit (test post from remote)

This is my third holiday season of blogging for those who have, or have had breast cancer and for those who love and support them through the tough times that this disease brings.

This holiday season, I am pleased that No Boobs About It is more than a blog, more than a web site; it is now a tax exempt, not for profit organization. As such, we can and will be bringing programs to those in treatment and those transitioning from active treatment to their new beginnings as survivors.

Programs, in 2013, will be national in scope, using the power of the Internet, to enable women and men affected by breast cancer to participate in real-time, small  peer-support groups (10 persons per session) from the comfort of their own homes, while in active treatment.  “New Beginnings” workshops led by survivors who have successfully transitioned to a “new beginning” in survivorship, will share how they made their transitions and offer guidance and support.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

#TPCUAE Pink caravan's horses train for the 3rd annual Pink Caravan ride

Pink Caravan's upcoming third annual, pan UAE, breast cancer awareness ride takes place in early February 2013.

The horses that are used to carry the riders, who include royalty, ambassadors and volunteers, around the UAE, are being put through their training schedules two months in advance of the ride. These horses include volunteer's own mounts, which are conditioned for the long distance ride alongside the horses from the Pink Caravan partner stable. .

The Pink Caravan Ride was started in 2009 by the Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP) and was based on the idea of Cecile Guillemot.

Cecile, Chairperson of Pink Caravan said, "The horses used in the Pink Caravan ride have been selected specifically for our event, these horses compete during the UAEendurance season, (long distance horse racing) and they are typically Arabian horses or Anglo-Arabs that are genetically predisposed to this particular sport."

Cecile went on to say that, "Furthermore, our horses are conditioned to different environmental conditions, surfaces, built up urban areas, highways and busy roads, passing traffic, crowds and loud and ambient noises that would other wise "spook" or startle untrained horses. This specific training regime is started months in advance, as we strive to maintain our high health and safety standards for all of our participating horses, riders and crew."

Abdulwahid Al Jaeidi, Head of the Equine Committee says, "The horses are a national symbol of the UAE and their involvement in the ride is fundamental to helping access communities, which are further afield in the UAE than the main cities and medical centers, providing screenings and clinical examinations free of charge."

The ride aims to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of self-examination, by trekking the UAE with a mobile mammography unit and medical teams. This gives access to breast cancer screenings and clinical examinations to men and women for free during the ride. The Pink Caravan is still looking for volunteers and horse riders to participate in this equine event.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

*TESTING MODE WITH CLICKABLE HEADLINE* David Garrard Foundation helps support mothers with breast cancer | News - Home

Karen Petzel found out she had breast cancer in August, and is now currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The mother of three says she had no idea how she was going to be able to work, get treatment and afford gifts for the holidays.

"In the beginning it was extremely hard, being the mom of three," said Pretzel. "Single mom of three and knowing how to face this was very difficult."

That's when the David Garrard Foundation stepped in to help the single mom.

Monday, December 17, 2012

WAM | Sharjah's healthcare sector expected to grow by 9.3 percent to AED6.55 billion in 2016

Sharjah's healthcare sector is expected to grow by 9.3 percent over the next four years, according to a recent study released by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal CEO of Shurooq highlighting the potential of Sharjah's healthcare sector, said: "Healthcare is yet another promising sector in the emirate where the increased demand for specialized services is set to drive growth. The industry is expected to grow by 9.3%, from AED4.59bn this year to AED6.55bn in 2016." "This sector is expected to grow significantly, powered by several giant projects and state-of-the art medical facilities currently being set up in the emirate, most notably the Sharjah Healthcare City (SHCC), which was recently announced by H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah," he added.

"With various new projects in the stage of planning and execution, while many others are in the pipeline, Sharjah's healthcare sector is set to witness a major boom in the months and years ahead," according to him.
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Kaya Skin Clinic donates proceeds to Pink Caravan | PRLog

Kaya Skin Clinic donates proceeds to Pink Caravan - 
AED 40,000 donated for breast cancer awareness
The proceeds from Kaya Skin Clinic’s sales on their signature Kaya Couture Face Therapies in October – also International Breast Cancer Awareness Month –have been donated to Pink Caravan, a Friends of Cancer Patients charity initiative (FoCP) that is dedicated to fighting breast cancer and spreading awareness about the disease.

Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, head of the Pink Caravan’s medical committee said, “Breast cancer awareness has taken a front seat in the minds of both men and women in the UAE this October and gained further importance as a result of collaborations like the one with Kaya Skin Clinic.”

Breast Cancer is generally considered to affect middle-aged women, but due to increased awareness and promotion of the importance of self examination, this belief has been increasingly shown to be less true as studies show that breast cancer is affecting more Emirati and expatriate women in their twenties and thirties in the UAE.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sharjah Ruler opens Camp of Hope

His Highness Shaikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, opened today in the presence of Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, the 23rd Camp of Hope.
Organised by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), the five-day event draws participants from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and a guest delegation from Algeria and aims to empower persons with disabilities to achieve their potentials, and develop their skills and knowledge so as to boost their self-confidence. This year the meeting will focus on security and safety of local environment and host children with cerebral palsy.
During the opening ceremony, Shaikh Sultan honoured a group of sponsors,partners and supporters of the Camp of Hope and the SCHS).