Kanza discovers the fun side of SKMCH

In Pakistan, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) runs the Shaukat Khanum Tigers Club. It was launched in 2008 in response to growing support from students and young people who worked hard to fundraise for SKMCH. Today the club organizes awareness-raising activities and allows students to volunteer at the hospital.

Kanza Naeem is a member of the Shaukat Khanum Tigers Club. This month she got to volunteer at the hospital in Lahore, and spend time with some of our cancer patients. When we asked her about the experience, she had a lot to say.

“I never thought that my time spent at Shaukat Khanum would mean so much to me,” Said Kanza. “Helping cancer patients get their minds off the constant pain they go through, gave me great pleasure. One of the most fun times I had was while playing Ludo with Amin and his friends. During the game they conversed in Pushto excitedly and I couldn’t help but laugh while asking them if they were teaming up against me. I did lose the game eventually. But I still get a smile on my face when I think of the amazing time we had together.”

Kanza was also pleasantly surprised when she observed the relationship between our patients and hospital staff. “The staff are very friendly and playful with cancer patients under treatment,” she said. “And it was refreshing to see so many cancer patients smiling and responding to doctors with ease, instead of being intimated.”

At Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA), we know that hope and high morale are vital for recovery. With the support we receive from donors and volunteers, like Kanza Naeem, we’ve been keeping the morale high. With your help, we can keep the hope alive.

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