LIVESTRONG Leaders are individuals that make a yearly significant commitment to those in their community affected by cancer by spreading the message of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. They do this by fundraising, hosting events, bringing LIVESTRONG Foundation resources to their local hospitals and more. One of our amazing leader from Cairo, Louay Ali Hassan, talks about why he is involved with LIVESTRONG and what he is doing in his community to help spread the LIVESTRONG Foundation message.
What does LIVESTRONG mean to you?
LIVESTRONG means to me, a bigger family of fighters. I come from a family of fighters and athletes, so I was raised with the mindset of a fighter until I became one myself. And I always appreciate a fighter.
LIVESTRONG also represents hope—faith in a better today, not just tomorrow. LIVESTRONG is something you know deep inside that you can count on and it will never let you down. It’s the beautiful chance that motivates you to fight each day harder than the day before. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and everyone connected to it inspire me each day, to dodge all the obstacles in my life, and keep fighting against cancer.
Why are you a Leader?
I am a LIVESTRONG Leader to motivate and inspire people and tell them that you’re not going to die. I am a Leader aiming to show people how you can fight cancer through sports. I am a leader because one day I want people to tell me, without you and your team I wouldn’t have been the same.
We all face storms and fights in our daily lives. We all should pass them to survive. But sometimes it gets to us in a way that can pretty perfectly destroy us and in that time you’re looking for someone to motivate you and show you that you’re still strong and that you can make it. And when the storm passes we won’t be the same person who walked in. I am a leader to make sure I motivate whoever needs it. To show people the way. To fight shoulder to shoulder with them. To make sure the storm makes them stronger not weaker.
What are you doing in your community ?
I am from Cairo, Egypt. I have established a team in May, 2011 called : Run for Yellow with the only goal of improving lives of people affected by cancer. Whether a survivor, a patient or someone mourning the loss of a friend, our goal is to be there for them always. I am also 22 and a LIVESTRONG Leader, probably the youngest among all. We do sports events mainly, to show people that with the simplest form of sports you can beat up cancer. We organize runs, walks and rides. We include survivors and patients in our sports events to show them the support we give today. I talk with people in my community about the Foundation and about Run for Yellow and what do we do here.
I lost my grandfather when i was ten. It wasn’t until I was a young adult that I knew that he died with cancer. So I am fighting stigma my own way. I go to people right to where they are and talk to them in awareness sessions. I share my story as a cancer advocate with all I know. I run, I shave my hair, I ride, and I fight cancer my own way, to show people that there are a lot of fighters out there who are willing to help you pass the storm. Another man. A better man.