April 12, 2021
We hope that you and your family are doing well. Thank you for your continued generosity to help the children of Egypt afflicted with cancer. currently,
Egyptians, both Muslims and Copts are now fasting either for Ramadan or the great fast. on May second the Copts will celebrate Easter and around the middle of May the Muslims will celebrate Eid El Fitr.
During these holy times, all of us should count our blessings and remember the unfortunate children particularly those in Egypt. Many of their families cannot afford the expensive medications needed to treat their aggressive diseases. Some of them are diagnosed and treated late due to limited access to preventive medical care.
With your donation, you are giving some of those children an opportunity to get treated and have a potential at full cure Also, you can help to establish screening clinics to early diagnosis. This will increase the rate of recovery and survival. Also, treating the precancerous diseases is a step further to early diagnosis and treat the children with better results.
Moreover, with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic the children and their care givers need to get more Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) to protect themselves and control the virus spread.
The FECC is an all-volunteer organization with minimal administrative costs.
FECC is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization with a Federal Tax Identification Number 76-0464279.
March 9, 2021
Mary Samia is my lovely granddaughter. She is 12 years old and decided on her own to donate all her birthday monetary gift this year to FECC to help the sick children in Egypt. I am so proud of her. Please, share her story with your children and grandchildren. Let us all give an opportunity for our children and grandchildren to hold hands and donate to FECC to help the children.
Mary Samia Khalil’s letter
Today I will be speaking about my grandmother and the great impact of her inspiring me to become a better person. To start off, you might know my grandmother Samia or, as I call her, Teta. She is the President of the non-profit organization, The Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer. You can tell a lot about a person by what their passions are in the world. Tata’s passion is to help the world become a better place, particularly her home, Egypt by devoting time and money into it. She is so selfless go through many struggles to become a great anesthesiologist. Not to mention her intelligence, kindness, and hospitality for people. We all deserve to be loved, and there is enough for everyone. I’m sure I speak for the kids in Egypt fighting the battle of cancer. That life is too short to just throw away, make it better for everyone around you. Egypt is so full of happiness, cheer, and traditions, but they have been through so much including having a sustainable economy. Making it hard for children to have health care, on top of that, fighting one of the world’s most deadliest diseases, cancer. This organization helps so many kids live a little longer by improving their medicines, machines, and equipment. How they raise this money is by doing one of my favorite things that I look forward to all year. They raise this money by organizing the Gala, or just by attending it, including my specialty, raffle tickets. Every year we enjoy the dancers, the ceremony, the twinkling lights, and the warm feeling in the air. The reason being is that when I see all the people around me, it makes my heart so much happier! Just like the kids with cancer in Egypt, sometimes we kids feel weak, vulnerable, and insignificant. In the world today, and by society’s standards, it is hard to make a difference as a kid. How can you make an impact? And possibly help a kid in Egypt have a meaningful life full of love? Well, by stepping up, and realizing the people around you and the situation. My Teta proved to me that you can truly do anything, and she would know being a full time doctor with four boys. I did something that is pretty exhilarating by donating $500 to this organization filled with hospitality and life. I gave a donation and every day from then on I wake up every morning feeling grateful that I contributed to something bigger than myself. Now I know it was tempting and a little difficult not to get something such as a bike or soccer ball. But I changed a kid’s life in Egypt and advanced the technology. Egypt still has so many challenges to overcome, although with kids’ help it can improve drastically. All it takes is courage and perseverance to give something to the world. There is no better feeling than being able to make a young one proud, especially when giving back to the Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Organization! Shukran.
Mary Samia Khalil
In previous years, in early February, the board of Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer is usually very busy preparing and organizing for the annual Gala. Together, we work hard, recognizing that the annual gala is the main fundraising event to help the Egyptian Children with cancer. This year however, the hotel in which we conducted the gala for years cancelled its events and the manager who helped us for years switched her career to become a real estate agent. We will dearly miss her. Unfortunately, this year the FECC will not be able to have its annual Gala in person. Nonetheless, we thank God that we are alive and healthy and hope that all of you are safe and healthy.Due to the pandemic, In Egypt, the chances for the poor Children with Cancer to get treated are getting smaller and smaller. The cost of their medications and PPEs is rising by the day, as there are shortages in both.
On behalf of FECC, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continuous support and donations. FECC is indebted to you and other generous donors for helping the children of Egypt. However, many of us are blessed and can give more to help those children. They and their families are facing extreme hardships and need our support more than ever.
The oncology clinics which are affiliated with the universities and treat the children without cost, depend on our annual contributions to them to continue their proper treatment of the children and give them a chance at a cure.
The following video is from Aya who has been treated at the NCI and and was visiting the oasis. It is in Arabic and its English translation is below it.
My name is Aya, I am a patient of the National Cancer Institute, which sent me an invitation to visit the Health and Hope Oasis, which is a very nice place, it calms your nerves, it is quiet. They teach the children the basics of cleanliness, such as washing your hands after eating, and wearing a mask when we are in a group. They offer game sessions. Yesterday, it was great, it is not only for the children but also for their families. I want to thank the NCI and the people who are in the oasis as we had a great time.
Samia Khalil, MD
FECC , President
Would you be willing to make a tax deductible donation of $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us provide care for Egyptian children diagnosed with cancer in Egypt?
We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of those who are still in need.
Funds raised by our organization are spent on programs that benefit the children of Egypt. Moreover, our board includes four physicians from world-class institutions like the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospitals. These physicians’ knowledge of cancer treatments in Egypt and the US is critical in making informed decisions about the medication and education programs to fund. It is important to remember those who are less fortunate than us. Please consider donating to Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer. Due to the current economic conditions in Egypt, your help is needed more than ever!
Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer (FECC) is an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in Houston, Texas. It was founded in 1995 for the exclusive purpose of promoting awareness of cancer and providing for the total care of Egyptian children diagnosed with cancer in Egypt.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation! Donations accepted all year long!
Tax-deductible donations can be made by one of the 3 the following methods:
1) Donations can be made by visiting the FECC Network For Good donation website by clicking here.
3} Donations can also be made by mailing your donation to:
Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer (FECC)
P.O. Box 155
Bellaire, TX 77402-0155
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Who Are We, Vision, Strategy
The FECC, founded in 1995, is an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in Houston, Texas.
FECC is an all-volunteer organization with little administrative costs and close to 100% of the funds raised by our organization are spent on programs that benefit the children of Egypt. Moreover, our board includes four physicians from world-class institutions like the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospitals. These physicians’ knowledge of cancer treatments in Egypt and the US is critical in making informed decisions about the medication and education programs to fund.
FECC’s Vision is To Provide a Cure for the Children of Egypt Afflicted with Cancer
FECC’s Strategy is
- Leverage the Board Resources and Medical Network to improve capabilities in Egypt
- Purchase medication for “underserved” pediatric oncology centers
- Very low administrative overheard
Progress to Date
- Sent over $1 Million since 1997 to Egypt. With your continued support we will be able to send millions more over the future years to help provide a cure for the Egyptian Children afflicted with Cancer.
- Over the years we have provided for medication for 6 different pediatric cancer centers across Egypt – Ain Shams, NCI-Kasr El Einy, Alexandria, Mansoura, Zagazig, Asyut, Also FEEC provides funding for training, scholarships, and small medical equipment to several pediatric cancer treatment centers in Egypt. The pediatric oncology hospitals we support are affiliated with the following universities: Ain-Shams, Alexandria, Mansoura, Zagazig, Asyut, Menya and Nasser Institute. more than $500,000 for medication, training, and supplies to different pediatric cancer treatment centers in Egypt. We are also continuing the visiting scholar program in collaboration with Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Houston.
- Provide support for the Health and Hope Oasis in Wadi-El-Natroun; Egypt’s first supportive care center for children with cancer and their families.
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