A ‘Su­per’ blow to cancer?

Friday - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

They’re so young but al­ready their lit­tle bod­ies are rav­aged by cancer. Some of them have had surgery, and al­most all are un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy, which makes them sick and their hair fall out. They don’t know what the fu­ture holds or what their long-term prog­no­sis is, but none of them are pre­pared to give up. They all want to fight. And what makes these seven chil­dren, aged four to 14, so spe­cial is the way they are get­ting ready to com­bat cancer – by cre­at­ing their own su­per­heroes to ‘kapow!’ the dis­ease.

Su­perHope is the brain­child of Basma Al Masri and Tarik Batal, who re­alised that by cre­at­ing their own char­ac­ters to fight cancer, the chil­dren were in­still­ing pos­i­tiv­ity, which is known to im­prove the qual­ity of a pa­tient’s life dur­ing treat­ment and be­yond.

It cer­tainly works – Ju­bilee, a 14-year-old leukaemia suf­ferer who cre­ated her own mag­i­cal su­per­hero and dressed up in the cos­tume es­pe­cially made for her has seen her health im­prove dras­ti­cally since be­com­ing in­volved with the char­ity. “Doc­tors have told us the cancer has stopped spread­ing as of now,” her mum Siena told Fri­day. “I’m sure the ini­tia­tive helped.”

Read more on the fan­tas­tic chil­dren’s char­ity on page 18 and do your bit to help kapow! cancer by donat­ing if you can.

Un­til next week,

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