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AUS holds breast cancer awareness campaign
Coinciding with the global Breast Cancer Awareness Month, American University of Sharjah (AUS) hosted the Pink Caravan breast cancer awareness campaign on campus. The event was held recently at the university's Student Center and was organized by the AUS Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with the university's student-run Emirati Cultural Club.
The campaign started with an introduction about the Pink Caravan and presentations on the celebrations held around the world to mark the occasion. Informational materials were distributed to raise awareness about breast cancer, how to conduct self-tests and the importance of early detection.
Pink Caravan is part of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FOCP), a charitable, volunteer-based foundation operating under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah. FOCP was established in late 1999 in accordance with the directives and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Federal Supreme Council Member His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi.
"This campaign has a significant impact on the health and wellness of community members" said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. "This disease affects many people and it is important to provide as much information to our young students for them to learn the facts and myths about this disease," she added.
Fatima AlWari, a junior mass communication student, said, "I was pleased to be a part of this event where we had the opportunity to contribute in supporting this cause. Raising awareness of breast cancer made me realize the seriousness of this disease and the importance of being strong and never losing faith."
"I enjoyed working as a volunteer at this event. I would like to thank the university for continuously providing us with meaningful volunteering opportunities," said Ahmed Alqasim, a sophomore mechanical engineering student.