Following the huge impact the first Relay for Life event made in the lives of people touched by cancer in the UAE, Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) – the UAE-based civil society organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer treatment – has announced the second edition of the UAE 'Relay for Life' walkathon, to be held on November 22-23, this year.
The 24-hour walkathon will continue to raise funds and increase awareness about fighting cancer in the region. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Founder and royal patron of FOCP, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, who personally inaugurated the first Relay endorses the second Relay for Life, which will be held at the American University of Sharjah.
Organised in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life is the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world and was held for the first time in the MENA region by FOCP in Sharjah in 2017.
HE Sawsan Jafar, Chairperson of FOCP Board of Directors, said: “We are proud to announce the second edition of Relay for Life in the MENA region, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. With this walkathon we seek to build on the success of the 2017, which witnessed 2,500 people participating in the 24 hour event, with a large number of individuals and institutions involved. Around 52 schools, six universities, eight partners, in addition to 37 institutions from the public and private sectors and 84 cancer survivors, worked together with us to make a huge impact.”