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For the third year running, Qatargas has extended support to the US-based Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation (CBTF) and participated in its annual benefit dinner organised by the charity recently in New York City.
The CBTF is a non-profit organisation, which was founded in 1988 in the United States to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long-term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumours through research, support, education and advocacy for families and survivors.
The foundation has been working with the Qatar National Cancer Society (QNCS) to serve children and families coping with paediatric brain cancer and tumours in Qatar and the surrounding region.
Jabor Khalifa al-Mesallam, general manager of the Qatargas Americas Liaison Office, represented Qatargas at the event. Representatives of the General Consulate of Qatar in Houston, Qatargas customers and shareholders joined the Qatargas-sponsored table in the charity event.
The continued support of Qatargas to the CBTF is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme. Its role in such initiatives is also aimed at supporting the Human Development Pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The CBTF will offer various types of assistance to the QNCS, including educational support to families. The foundation’s book, ‘A Resource Guide for parents of children with brain or spinal cord tumours’, is distributed free to families, professionals and paediatric medical centres worldwide. The book has been translated into Arabic by the QNCS.
The foundation plans to arrange with the QNCS a visiting committee of medical experts from the US to consult with Qatari physicians to manage challenging cases of paediatric brain and spinal cord cancers. The visit will include lectures on important topics in neuro-oncology.
The CBTF will also share with the QNCS the foundation’s model for connecting families with one another through their family-to-family network. The programme connects experienced parents and brain tumour survivors who can provide support and share knowledge and understanding with parents of newly-diagnosed children, bereaved parents and survivors.