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Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Brother fought cancer with a smile till the time he died

Hamza Iskandar, a 25-year-old young Saudi fought cancer with bravery. He, in fact, got cured of cancer but died due to bronchitis relate complications. When he got last admitted to hospital he was suffering from pneumonia. The young fighter was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent two surgeries at ages 6 and 12.  Nothing could beat his strength and hopefulness. So much so that when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he did not lose hope and encountered it with a smile. The fearless warrior started a social media campaign, “I am fighting cancer with a smile.” He became a source of motivation for other cancer patients. He spread hope and positivity through his motivational speeches. Hamza has been awarded trophies for his cancer-fighting campaign. The brave Saudi youth died but now her sister Hanaa is suffering from Cancer.



Hanaa Iskandar is, unfortunately, suffering from sarcoma. Sarcoma is a cancerous tumor of connective or other non-epithelial tissue. The 24-year-old Hanaa is motivated by her brother to fight cancer with a smile.  Hanaa wants to be as dauntless as her brother. Hamza has set an example for her. His smile was a message that no pain is greater than one’s own strength. Hanaa often visits Hamza’s room and goes through his stuff.  He might have gone from the world, but his memories will stay forever. She knows her family is still suffering from pain from the departure of the young soul. She aims at being strong for the sake of her family.  It’s not easy to go through the cancer expenses for five years and then an emotional trauma of losing someone forever. And yet it is not over. Losing a son, a month ago and then going through the same form the start for a daughter: who says it’s over and who believes it to be easy?



Hanaa must take four chemotherapy sessions from the United States. Then on her return to Saudi Arabia, she must continue the treatment of cancer by taking medicines as a substitute of chemotherapy. Hanaa has to take Lartruvo, a new medicine, as a substitute of chemotherapy.  Lartuvo has been granted enhanced approval by US Food and Drug Administration and this medicine is only available in Texas’s hospitals.  This will make her the very first Saudi woman ever who has taken this treatment.



And I hope the last one: May God protect all our men and women from such illness and pain. The two young siblings have set an exceptional example of bravery: one gone smiling over his pains and other ready to face all challenges with courage and ‘smile’. 



May she get successful in her battle! May we see her smiling after beating cancer!  Also, I salute to the valor of the family. Losing one and not hopeless while seeing the other in the course of same battle. Not worrying about expenses, nor hopeless about the first loss, they are all ready to start over Hanaa’s treatment.


Source: Saudi Gazette

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