I know that many of you are still hanging over from celebrating the end of the US elections, and some from the victory of Obama, but that would not be more urgent than contributing to saving a life now and in the near future. Here is the story. About a week ago, I received a request to financially help a young Iraqi child girl who came to Boston for a challenging cancer treatment. The big bulk of the medical expenses and medical transport are already taken care of by charities, but the accomodation and post-treatment expenses need to be raised. Because we Moroccans are notorious for generosity and for helping the needy, I believe we can all contribute to the well-being of kiddo Mariam and her family and with providing them with a private and warm stay in Boston. I immediately answered the call of duty, and I ask everyone of you, to donate what they can, $10, $20, $50 or more. Mariam and her mother are staying in a motel temporarily. The big foundations and the noble doctors and their staff are doing the most difficult job. We are not surgeons or doctors. We are not the pilots who flew the plane from east to west. We are not the soldiers whom hearts softened to Mariam on the rugged fields. We are not the courageous reporters who commit to being our eyes in places our eyes cannot reach. We are not the big foundations who can influence big pockets overnight. But we are simple people who care about the right of a child to live and be close to the warmth of her mother, who care about reuniting families, and who will not shunt a few of our dollars from getting invested in the well-being of such a child rather than get lost in the belly of wall street even in this time of economic recession. The time when wallets are zipped and belts tightened. God says:
Inna allatheena yatloona kitaba Allahi waaqamoo alssalata waanfaqoo mimma razaqnahum sirran wa3alaniyatan yarjoona tijaratan lan taboora
Those who rehearse the Book of Allah, establish regular Prayer, and spend (in Charity) out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a commerce that will never fail
Let us contribute to this case even if we are coming in at the end of the journey. Please I am posting one of the pictures of Mariam. I cannot post the rest of the pictures due to their highly graphic nature. May God accept from you.
For Cash contributions or if you would like to get involved in the day to day running of this charitable project, please call Mohamed Khafif at 617 435 7302.
Checks should be made payable to MACCA and mailed to:
110 Pleasant Street
Malden MA 02148 USA
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation (RTMAF) sponsored a life saving surgery for an Iraqi child whose case came to us from The World Craniofacial Foundation. That case presented a huge challenge to the Foundation. With the assistance of CNN reporters, Ingrid Formaneck and Arwa Damon in Baghdad, we were introduced to The King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Jordan. Princess Dina Mired, the Director General of the Foundation set up The Iraqi Goodwill Fund to help the people of Iraq who had no where to turn for treatments for serious illnesses. CNN featured a story of other Iraqi children needing life saving care.
When Rasha raad, mariam's mother was 8 months pregnant she had an ultrasound in an Iraqi Hospital and was told by the doctors to have an abortion. Rasha refused because she was already 8 months along.
Mariam was born with a balloon shaped-appendage, filled with fluid, attached to her head. Her husband wanted to leave the baby in a room alone to let her die. He left the day after she was born.
When she was 2 months old, doctors in Baghdad put a shunt in Mariam's head to drain the fluid. Eighteen months later, the growing tumor had pushed out her skull, perforated her left eye and broken her jaw.
Mariam was close to dying when she was found early this year by American Soldiers while on patrol. US officials arranged for her to be brought to Jordan to the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.
CNN aired Arwa Damon's story about Mariam and other children at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation immediately became involved to help Mariam get the best medical attention needed to save her life. The doctors at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation decided that her best chance for survival was to come to the United States. Before the travel was possible, she had to go through numerous chemotherapy treatments.
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation contacted Tuft's Medical Center. Dr. Cynthia Krestshmar reviewed the file sent from the doctors at the KHCF and immediately wanted to help save Mariam's life. The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation began the process to bring Mariam to the United States to save her life.
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation contacted Brenda McFerrin, President of Children in Need, an organization that pays for the travel, accomodations and extra expenses needed for cases like Mariam's. brenda knew of Mariam's case because she was involved at the beginning of Mariam's journey to the King Hussein cancer Foundation in Jordan and immediately wanted to help with her travel to the United States.
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation is paying for all of Mariam's in-hospital medical expenses and Children in Need is paying for their travel to the United States.
Mariam and her mother, Rasha, will be arriving in Boston on 09/25/2008 at 11:52 pm. Brenda will meet them and accompany them to the Emergency room at the hospital where the staff at Tufts Medical Center has arranged for an interpreter to help make Mariam and her mother more comfortable. Mr. Tye has arranged for a car to pick them up and bring them directly to the hospital.
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation would humbly like to thank the following:
- Dr. Brian Cohen and the entire staff at Tuft's Medical Center staff for their professionalism and compassion.
- Brenda McFerrin and Children in Need, through this whole process of bringing Mariam to the United States.
- Princess Dina, Nour, her assistant, and all the doctors at the King Hussein cancer Foundation in Jordan for everything that they have done to help save Mariam's life.
- The Courageous reporters at CNN for telling the compelling and heart wrenching stories of these poor children from Iraq.
- Information was derived from Jane Arraf's article on Mariam.