candy cart – UAE

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A few years ago a dear friend lost her beautiful 13 year young daughter to cancer, Allah bless her soul. Despite how much it pained me to see her go through it, I felt helpless, I couldn’t reach out to console her with words. I prayed that one day I would be able to support her.  Knowing more than any other what children with terminal illness feel, Dana Askari took initiative. She contributed generously to Children’s Cancer causes and setup the Candy Cart initiative to personally give comfort to children with cancer in the UAE.

Dana rolls a cart loaded with goodies around the children’s wards of Dubai and Tawaam Hospitals offering children a little something that brightens their day.  It is something she felt cheered up Dania, bless her soul, during their time in a hospital in NY.

Dana’s efforts have put smiles on children at both hospitals. Her aim is to have the carts, and a volunteer network who would service them in hospitals across the UAE.  Her challenge is reaching hospital administrators and getting their approval to introduce Candy Carts to their hospitals.

How you can help:

If you have a direct connection to hospital CEOs, hospital group management with decision making authority, or the Ministry of Health officials who can support this cause, please contact me with their information. Let us help Dana make Candy Cart a UAE wide program.
To learn more about how much this program can impact children, please visit the resources below:

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Jelaluddin Rumi: Fasting

There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.

We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox

is stuffed full of anything, no music.

If the brain and belly are burning clean

with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and new energy makes you

run up the steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.

Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink, Satan sits

where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue

in place of the Kaaba. When you fast,

good habits gather like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give it

to some illusion and lose your power,

but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control,

they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing

out of the ground, pennants flying above them.

A table descends to your tents,

Jesus’ table.

Expect to see it, when you fast, this table

spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.

via Jelaluddin Rumi: Fasting.