“She would not play the games that I had in mind and I didn’t know how else to entertain her.”
Anam Ahmed is a member of the Shaukat Khanum Tiger’s Club – a youth club in Pakistan, which organises awareness-raising activities and allows students to volunteer at Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKMCH). Anam spent a week on the volunteer program at SKMCH Lahore. At the paediatric ward, where she helped out, she learnt a great deal from the patients she made friends with.
“One day, during my volunteer work at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, I was sitting with a young girl who was about a year and a half years old. She would not play the games that I had in mind and I didn’t know how else to entertain her. Then suddenly, I saw a dice and threw it on the board in front of her. Her eyes gleamed and after a while, she took the dice from me and started rolling it on the board as well. As the dice rolled, she first looked up at me and then at her father with great joy and in that moment I realized, sometimes it takes something as small as rolling a dice to light up a child’s face.”
Inspiring the younger generation to take time out of their lives and spend it with cancer patients has been one of the hallmarks of Shaukat Khanum Hospital’s (SKMCH) legacy. The campaign to raise funds for the hospital was spearheaded by our youth in Pakistan in the 1990’s. This still stands true today. We are proud of our young volunteers and fundraisers who are the pioneering soldiers and champions of our fight against cancer.Back to Our Stories