On June 4, 2009, President Barack Obama spoke at Cairo University on new beginnings, “All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.”

The Association of Friends of the National Cancer-free initiative (AFNCI) puts these words into action. AFNCI is an advocacy group dedicated to raising funds for Egypt’s National Cancer Institute and Children’s Cancer Hospital of Egypt 57357. Based on the community involvement model of U.S. non-profits, their approach is unique in the region.