There are few causes in our world more deserving and more urgent than the fight against cancer. Cancer does not discriminate: it affects adults and children, men and women, rich and poor alike. Sadly, every single one of us has been touched by cancer one way or another. We all have a family member or know a friend or colleague who has suffered from this painful disease - vibrant individuals who are deeply loved and still have so much to offer.
Thankfully, cancer patients in our region now have access to quality comprehensive care at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), Jordan’s medical jewel. This rising star in the world of cancer treatment is the only comprehensive cancer center in the region for both adult and pediatric patients. It is also the only center in the developing world and the first outside the United States to be awarded the Joint Commission International Clinical Care Program Certificate (CCPC) for its Oncology Program.
However, the greatest measure of success against this disease is survivorship and that is why I am so pleased to share with you that in 2011, we celebrated our 1000th pediatric cancer survivor at KHCC, which had an immeasurable impact on our entire community. This is the ultimate proof that despite the backdrop of a low-resource, middle-income country and against all odds, we have been able to achieve international standards of success.
For the last few years, KHCC has been working at full capacity and struggling to accommodate the increasing numbers of patients. We are fiercely committed to ensuring that no child, parent or individual is ever deprived of a chance for a cure because of lack of funds or space. For this reason, we have embarked on a large-scale project to build a new state-of-the-art facility to absorb the rising demand for quality cancer care - but we cannot do it alone. It is only with the help of the community that we can realize this invaluable project.
I hope you will join us in the fight against cancer - one of the most urgent and important causes of our time. After all, this is your Center, the Center of every Jordanian and every Arab; the Center you can turn to for the most advanced care of your loved ones.
Our dream is that no patient is left behind without the rightful chance for a cure; with your support we can make that dream a reality.
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
King Hussein Cancer Foundation