Make-A-Wish Foundation brings smiles on innocent faces battling for lifeDate : 2015-07-19
A laptop to play. That was the only wish a girl fighting for life at a hospital had made during the holy month of Ramadan. Her desire was heard by a charity organisation in the UAE, which concluded its Ramadan activities by granting her wish, as part of their One Wish per Day for 30 Days campaign. Every year, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which began in 2003, try to bring smiles on the faces of children from all over the country who were diagnosed with life threatening diseases. Some children are bound to live their lives in hospital, while some are out-patients who receive medical care from home, as well as the clinic. Hani Al Zubaidi, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, told Khaleej Times, "Kids make request for simple things. Their wishes might be toys, iPhones, iPads, Xbox, bedroom renovations, flying in a helicopter or shopping sprees. Just simple things that may appear small to you and I, but mean a big deal to a young sick child." For example, connecting to the world through a phone while at hospital may help time pass by, entertain children and allows them to stay closely connected with their friends. "These small things can really put a smile on a child's face," said Al Zubaidi. Al Zubaidi pointed out that the young children, who have had their wishes granted throughout the holy month of Ramadan, are battling various life threatening diseases, such as cancer, kidney failure, type 1 diabetes, chest tumours, and acute leukaemia. Such illnesses often mean that the hospital habitually becomes the second home for the young, which is why it was important for the foundation to create a strong awareness, especially during Ramadan - the month of giving and helping those in need. Al Zubaidi also stated that the foundation has done many deeds to help suffering children across the region, not only in the UAE. "We not only granted wishes for 30 children in the UAE over the 30 days of Ramadan, we also granted wishes for children outside, particularly in Jordan," he said. He added that the foundation works closely with King Hussein Cancer Foundation, to help youngsters who are infected with various diseases in Jordan. Al Zubaidi also highlighted on the notion that all children are equal, no matter from which country they are from. "A kid is a kid, he stressed. Al Zubaidi said that the last child of Ramadan, a young girl also fighting her own battle, simply asked for a laptop to play on while she remains in hospital, which has become her home for now.