The King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center recently launched an initiative to climb the highest point in Africa – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, aiming to raise US$1 million for the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC)’s expansion project. The funds collected will help to provide more space and increase KHCC’s capacity to welcome and treat more cancer patients for generations to come.
Mostafa Salameh, the renowned Jordanian climber, will be leading a team of prominent individuals from Jordan and the region to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, scheduled for this upcoming February. The participating team members include HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, Rania Abu Khader, Eng. Aysar Batayneh, Dr. Sahar Jumean, Hanna Khoury, H.E Ramzi Khoury, Hani Dahlan, Amal Sa’di, Zein Salti, Eyad El-Shareef, Sajeda Shawa, Dina Shoman, Raeda Sabha, Nasser Tabbaa, Helen Al Uzaizi, Maha Amro, Dr. Ra'ed Ali Amr, Zeena Kalaldeh, Iman Mutlaq, Basel Manasra, Sima Najjar, and Farah Yaseen.
Mr. Zaid Bitar, Deputy Director of King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) commented on behalf of HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of KHCF: “I am grateful to all the members of the Lowest to Highest for Cancer team for their participation in this humanitarian initiative and for their continuous support to King Hussein Cancer Center and Foundation. The team work and spirit that the participants have projected throughout this journey to achieve a common noble goal was outstanding. We at KHCF continuously strive to support such initiatives that promote a healthy lifestyle and fitness as a way to invest in society and nourish it.”
The expansion project consists of two new buildings which are three times bigger than the existing center. This will allow KHCC to host a bigger number of patients from Jordan and the region and continue to provide them with the best services available. It is also expected that the new expansion will enable KHCC to open its doors annually to 7,000 patients instead of 3,500 as well as 150,000 outpatients instead of the current 100,000. The number of patients on waiting lists is also expected to decrease once the expansion is completed and operational.
It is important to note that Mostafa Salameh is the first Jordanian to climb the highest seven summits in the world including Mount Everest.