"Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most serious mental, social, and physical challenges a person may face.The diagnosis and its consequences turn patients’ worlds (and those around them) upside down,” says Khaled Dweik. He is a living proof of this fact. Ten years ago his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer; today she is in complete remission. Khaled and his family now devote their time to support others with the same illness. Initially they got involved with various organisations, then in 2012 Khaled, a civil engineer, set up his own non-profit organisation. Al Wa’ad’s motto is embody hope, and it helps both cancer patients and survivors, offering support on all fronts. Orange Jordan is supporting this cause. Khaled, 50, has spent his entire career at the company, which has always encouraged his altruism.
"It’s about saving lives! ”
“In 2008 I joined the social responsibility team. Every time volunteers are needed, I’m informed by email. I’ve been all over the country helping people in need. I brought them food, school supplies, blankets, and even heating equipment. Through these experiences, I’ve learned how to better respond to peoples’ needs. This has given me ideas for my own organisation.”
Having made this connection, Al Wa’ad is now in Orange’s philanthropic loop. It helps people by distributing meals to patients and their families. It improves their nutrition and quality of life. The organisation also helps arrange camps for young people, and groups for both families and healthcare professionals. Al Wa’ad is also involved in donating school bags for children who have just been diagnosed or who are hospitalised.
“In the future, I would like this co-operation to extend to awareness campaigns on risk factors, symptoms, and the benefits of an early diagnosis, both for the individual and the community. It’s about saving lives!” Khaled supported his wife for six months while she underwent surgery and chemotherapy in her fight against cancer. Her recovery might have been enough for him were it not for his humanity. When one loves, one doesn’t keep score.
Portrait by Anne-Laure Murier