On the occasion of its 14th anniversary the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) launched on Monday, April 11, 2016 “Oasis of Hope” public photography exhibition under the patronage and presence of H.E Michel Pharaon at Zaitunay Bay, Beirut in the presence of CCCL’s Chair Mrs. Nora Joumblatt, CCCL board members: Yolla Noujaim, Salwa Salman and Mona Sidaoui, CCCL’s General Manager Hana Chaar Choueib, Dr. Hassan El Solh, AUBMC Chief of Staff and Medical Director of CCI and Naef K Basile Cancer Institute, the photographers, CCCL patients, their parents and other guests and invitees.
This idea was initiated back in 2015, when Reuters Chief Photographer for the region, Jamal Saidi, visited the CCCL wanting to offer a therapeutic photography session to our patients. In his own words:“Photography is therapy because every beautiful photo you take, prints a lovely memory in your soul.”
Indeed, our patients enjoyed discovering cameras and shooting beautiful nature around them. So, after seeing the beautiful impact of this session on our patients, the CCCL reached out to more photographers, from different specialties, and invited them for sessions, namely: Emile Issa, Diane Aftimos, Nathalie Moukaddem, Rudy Bou Chebel, Roger Moukarzel, Michel Zoghzoghi, and Tony Yammine.
Naturally, CCCL patients photographed what gives them strength through their treatment. And so, we present to you, CCCL’s Oasis of Hope having 8 themes: showcasing our patients’ photos representing “What Helped Me Conquer Cancer”.
Through this exhibition, we see their hopes and dreams and sense evermore, the CCCL’s commitment to saving lives and celebrating hope.
The CCCL’s Oasis of Hope launched on April 11, 2016 for the CCCL’s 14th anniversary; and will roam the different areas of Lebanon, spreading hope and the CCCL cause.
Special thanks to all those who generously supported “Oasis of Hope”:
Alexco, Jarir Aley, Happenings, Dorsal, Reuters Women Chapter, Dj.Mitri, Roger Bakhos, Le Donjon, SkyWedding by Georges R. Abdallah and Hassan Nisr.
And to all the photographers who participated in teaching the patients and survivors how to take these amazing images:
Jamal Saidi, Michel Zoghzoghi, Rudy Bou Shebel, Roger Moukarzel, Emile Issa, Diane Aftimos, Nathalie Moukadem and Tony Yamine
And of course to our Heroes!
If you are interested in organizing an event around “Oasis of Hope” or you would like us to visit your town please contact us on 01-351515 / 70-351515.