Posted on June 08, 2013

For the third year running, Qatargas has extended its support to the US-based Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) and participated in its annual benefit dinner organised by the charity recently in New York City. The CBTF is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1988 in the United States, to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.

The CBTF has been working with the Qatar National Cancer Society (QNCS) to serve children and families coping with pediatric brain cancer and tumors in Qatar and the surrounding region.

Jabor Khalifa Al Mesallam, General Manager of Qatargas’ Americas Liaison Office (ALO) represented Qatargas at the event.  Representatives of the General Consulate of Qatar in Houston, Qatargas’ customers and shareholders joined the Qatargas-sponsored table in the charity event.

Qatargas’ continued support to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility. The collaborative efforts between CBTF and QNCS will greatly help the children and families affected with pediatric brain cancer and tumors in Qatar.  Qatargas’ support to such initiatives is aimed at supporting the Human Development Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation will offer various kinds of support to Qatar National Cancer Society including educational support to families.  The Foundation’s book, ‘A Resource Guide for parents of children with brain or spinal cord tumors’ is distributed free to families, professionals and pediatric medical centres worldwide.  The book was translated into Arabic by QNCS.

The CBTF plans to arrange with QNCS, a visiting committee of medical experts from the US to consult with Qatari physicians to manage challenging cases of pediatric brain and spinal cord cancers.  The visit will include lectures on important topics in neuro-oncology.

CBTF will also share with QNCS the Foundation's model about connecting families with one another through their family-to-family network.  This program connects experienced parents and brain tumor survivors who can provide support and share knowledge and understanding with parents of newly diagnosed children, bereaved parents and survivors.

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