In Memory of Beloved Board Member Ms. Ola Ghabour

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Ola Ghabbour 1It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved board member, Ms. Ola Ghabour, after a short and valiant battle with cancer. Ms. Ghabour led a very successful life. She was a co-founder Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 in Cairo as well as Egypt Cancer Network in the U.S. As a tireless volunteer and visionary, she also served as the Secretary General of the Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 (CCHF), as well as the Chairman of the Board of the Association of Friends of the National Cancer Institute (AFNCI).

Her contributions to Egypt Cancer Network 57357 have been invaluable, and her presence in all of her activities will be sorely missed.

Please support the naming opportunity program that Egypt Cancer Network 57357 shares with its partners, Association of Friends of the National Cancer Institute (AFNCI) and Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE). The Naming Opportunity program is specially crafted to commemorate your loved ones while simultaneously providing the framework from which CCHE and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) can continue to treat Egypt’s cancer-stricken children. It must be noted that it was from within the ranks of NCI that the notion of CCHE was first born, and it was NCI’s campus that provided the initial training to the CCHE staff.

Several years ago NCI’s administration opted to move all of NCI’s services into one of the two towers in the complex as it was recognized that one of the towers were in dire need of structural renovations. While this decision was made from the perspective of ensuring the safety of patients and staff, it simultaneously made the functioning tower crowded and congested. It was determined that at least five years would be required in order to reinforce the tower and expand on the current NCI campus.

The form in which the campus will be renovated is through the creation of a new structure designated to house 43 out-patient clinics, making space for an anticipated 1600 visitors per day. This new edifice will make room inside the main tower for chemotherapy treatment and other more complicated services and will offer consultation services as well as dispense medication and draw blood. The cost of the complex is estimated at 16 million Egyptian pounds or $2.6 million.

According to Engineer Zaid Al-Baroodi, who oversees the construction of the new complex, once funding is secured then the time needed for the complex to be operational will be cut down to just six months. An increase in funding in the immediate time frame would permit this window presented by Eng. Al-Baroodi to become a reality, and would therefore permit the speedy and efficient delivery of services to patients and restore a healthy environment for both patients and staff. Both the preliminary design and the final design were donated by Look Pavilion Firm and EHAF Consulting Engineers Firm, respectively. The construction phase is already underway.

To date AFNCI, with the help of its partners, has already accumulated a lengthy list of accomplishments pertaining to NCI including the construction of a cytogenetic lab, a pediatric oncology outpatient clinic, the first clinical pharmacy in Egypt, and the initial construction phases of CCHE. AFNCI has also held blood drives, supplied medicines, and hired security and building personnel for NCI, while also supporting radiology services at CCHE and transporting patients to other cancer treatment centers.

AFNCI has also supported CCHE in its design, construction and management, handling all of these tasks and more before involving Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation 57357 (CCHF) and to other CCHE partners like ECN. CCHE still receives much assistance from AFNCI today, particularly in the realm of supporting special projects that distinguish CCHE from other institutions as a leading center for children’s care in Egypt, the region and beyond.

Egypt Cancer Network 57357and AFNCI, herein referred to as ECN, is a U.S. based non-profit,501(c)3 to which all donations made are tax-deductible. Its mission is to provide resources to Egyptian hospitals and non-profit organizations focused on cancer in the areas of patient care, scientific advancement and education.

For more information about naming opportunities at CCHE and NCI, please visit to begin the process. A naming opportunity can be named in the legacy of a family, a loved one or a corporation and can be in the form of rooms, wings and equipment.


Egypt Cancer Network recently caught up with Dr. Akram Safadi, the CEO of NetOne International. NetOne International, a telecom company that provides international calling services to the US, Canada and Australia, began hosting a campaign for ECN and 57357 during Ramadan 2012.

NetOne belongs to a multi-business group that started in Orlando 25 years ago as a company pioneering the notion of “contributing without donating”, through which they used telemarketing agreements with AT&T as a means of giving funds back to the community in parts of their monthly billing. The main idea behind this initiative, at its conception, was to provide aid to schools that were dependent on donations so that they could utilize the purchase power of their communities to fund the schools without donating. Under this principle, NetOne became the premier agent of AT&T when it came to selling to ethnic markets. This effort generated more than $100 million in sales annually, simultaneously contributing millions of dollars to schools and charities throughout the United States.

As a telecom company, NetOne came into formal existence in 1998 as a spinoff of the original NetOne framework, created with the explicit goal of providing international calling services to ethnic communities in the US and Canada. They based their customer service centers in Egypt and have been located there for nearly a decade. As a result, Dr. Safadi has made many trips to Egypt for business. On one of his more recent trips, he and Baher Tabana, the president of NetOne Egypt, had the opportunity to visit CCHE, which they had heard so much about through TV ads and social media. Mr. Tabana’s mother, who is involved in the charity work in Egypt, facilitated a visit with Dr. Hanaa and Dr. Abouelnaga and they were given a tour which profoundly inspired and impressed them. Dr. Safadi said, “it was not only the medical aspect of it, which is outstanding, but also the humanitarian aspect… [CCHE] is a great humanitarian institute with outstanding medical care… [for] people from all walks of life… we were wow-ed!”

Not only did Dr. Safadi visit the renowned CCHE campus, but his calling center team also paid a visit to the premises in early November 2012.

His visit inspired him to seek out opportunities to help the “great institute“ of CCHE in any way that he could, as a company and a business. This generated the proposal of an idea: as NetOne has call centers in Egypt, they therefore have a great reach to the Arab-American community as it is such a major sector of their customer base. NetOne speaks to nearly 2,000 Arabs in the United States every day from their call centers in Egypt, from which they offer them services and provide customer service to them.

The idea that Dr. Safadi proposed was a joint effort in NetOne supporting CCHE through campaigns in which they offer the customer the same service that they are currently obtaining, and, at no cost to the customer, donating 0.5% of the purchase price to CCHE. CCHE and ECN are in the process of promoting and raising awareness of these campaigns, creating a win-win scenario through which NetOne, CCHE and ECN are all promoted.

The campaign was signed into effect just before Ramadan of this year and is ongoing, allowing NetOne and their customers to contribute to CCHE at all times. This type of campaign allows NetOne to offer something extra to the customer, distinguishing them from competition. In arranging for this campaign, NetOne International has committed to a level of contribution over the next three years that will reach at least $85,000, and will consequently pursue a naming opportunity with CCHE once this amount is obtained. In October, the campaigns generated $8,438 to 57357, and at this pace the $85,000 commitment will be met in one year instead of the three years span.

The toll free numbers that they are providing those interested in donating are: 1-855-GO-57357 for NetOne+57357 Campaign and 1-855-TO-57357 for Omniat+57357 Campaign. When customers call any one of these numbers, they go directly to the main call centers in Egypt and generate a donation to ECN, which is put towards CCHE. Please ensure that you call the aforementioned numbers if you are interested in donating to ECN.


Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, a major global investment company, attended the Egypt Cancer Network 57357 (ECN) iftar in Los Angeles along with his wife and daughter. They were inspired by the work that is being done by ECN in support of Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE). Because of its effectiveness in delivering superior health services to children, they consider the hospital an impressive example of charity innovation and sustainability in Egypt.

Together with his daughter and wife, Dr. El-Erian stated that he was delighted “to support this world-class Egyptian hospital that provides comprehensive cancer care to children at no financial cost to them or their families.”

ECN extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. El-Erian and his family for their visit and for their generosity. The administrations of both ECN and Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation (CCHF), both recipients of Dr. El-Erian’s humanitarian donation, are grateful that Dr. El-Erian shares their strategic vision to cure children regardless of their ability to pay. ECN and CCHF are equally grateful for Dr. El-Erian’s support of their tireless efforts to make CCHE be a world leader in pediatric cancer care. With Dr. El-Erian’s help, CCHE, by way of ECN and CCHF, is truly on the way to achieving its expansion goal to serve and cure more children in Egypt.


United2Heal, a humanitarian organization that is stationed at Virginia Commonwealth University, has assembled over 100 volunteers from its host campus to send a large quantity of medical supplies to Egypt through Egypt Cancer Network 57357. United2Heal will also be including the donation of 100 Joy Jars from the Jessie Rees Foundation in this particular shipment, which is destined for our partnering institutions, including Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357.

United2Heal was founded in late 2011 by several university students in an effort to address the issue of surplus medical supplies collects, sorts and sends shipments of these supplies to hospitals and institutions in developing countries. In its repertoire of activities, United2Heal has also sent two shipments worth $2 million to Syria in their “Sutures for Syria” campaign.

Another major component of United2Heal is the power of bringing people together across religious and cultural boundaries. The organization is an interfaith organization and appeals to all of the student communities to join the effort. Just like Egypt Cancer Network 57357, United2Heal is building bridges between communities all over the world.


Jessie Rees, the founder of Joy Jars, spent all of 2011 battling two brain tumors. The daughter of a pastor in California, her wish was to encourage other children like her to “never ever give up” in their respective fights against cancer. It is this catchphrase – shortened to “ NEGU “ – that became the slogan for her campaign to send out Joy Jars, which she fully devoted herself to before her passing in 2012 at the age of just 12 years. The purpose of the Joy Jars, which are gender and age-specific, is to “spread hope, joy and love” to children who are fighting cancer. Each plastic jar is filled with toys and games which empower and strengthen their recipients.

These Joy Jars will be sent over in a shipping container that is being assembled by over 100 volunteers from the organization United to Heal, a humanitarian organization that is stationed at Virginia Commonwealth University. United to Heal collects, sorts and sends shipments of surplus medical supplies to hospitals and institutions in developing countries. United to Heal will also be including medical supplies in this particular shipment, which is destined for our partnering institutions, including Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357.

To date, 25,000 Joy Jars have been sent to children in over 50 states and in 162 hospitals. Joy Jars are distributed free of charge. In their gift-in-kind to Egypt Cancer Network 57357, the Jessie Rees Foundation is sending Joy Jars overseas for the first time. Through the Jessie Rees Foundation, her parents and others continue to give life to Jessie’s dream of spreading joy.

For more information about Joy Jars and the Jessie Rees Foundation, please visit



Through the help of Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE) and tens of thousands of Egyptian fans and supporters, Egypt Cancer Network 57357 (ECN) was declared the winner of the 2012 Chase Community Giving Program. With nearly 90,000 votes, ECN surpassed the other contenders by far, with a 30,000 vote gap between ECN’s number of votes and the first runner-up in the competition. ECN was first amongst over 30,000 other participating charities.

In winning this competition, ECN is being awarded a $250,000 grant from Chase Bank. The Community Giving program has been in existence since 2009 and gives out grants to charities and philanthropic organizations in the United States and internationally via a crowd-sourced voting process, soliciting votes from Chase Bank Online users as well as Facebook users.

ECN would like to give its great thanks to Mr. Ahmed El-Oraby, the Chase Bank employee who nominated us for this award. We would also like to thank our many Egyptian fans in the US and abroad who helped vote for us, as well as CCHE, who spread the word in Egypt, and the Asa7be Facebook page, who also heavily promoted this effort.

ECN will be recognized at the NBC American Giving Awards in December along with former Chase Community Giving participants. The grant will be put towards our international fellowship program and other initiatives. Specific dates will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for more updates and information.