In the Name of God, the Kind, the Beautiful
Thanks be to God, I am featured in the latest issue of the Chicago Crescent, the local Muslim newspaper for the Chicago area.
Racing for a Cure
It has been almost 16 months since Dr. Hesham Hassaballa lost his 13-year-old daughter Bayan to lymphoma. In her memory, he is going to partake in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10, which is a 26.2 mile race through the city of Chicago starting at Grant Park at 7:30 a.m. He will be running alongside his cousin Walead Anwar, who originally ran the race in Bayan’s honor last year.
At the young age of 6, Bayan was diagnosed with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), a rare, progressive, degenerative disease that affects a large variety of systems in the body. Children with A-T appear normal at birth and the first signs of the disease such as a lack of balance and slurred speech caused by lack of muscle control (ataxia) do not usually appear until the second year of life. Victims of A-T are highly susceptible to develop immunodeficiency and malignancies of the blood system causing early death. Children with A-T are usually confined to wheelchairs by age 10 and often do not survive their teens. Presently, there is no cure for A-T or a way to slow down the progression of the disease.
In order to raise funds to help find a cure for A-T, Dr. Hassaballa is running for two charities: A-T Children’s Project and the Bayan H. Hassaballa Charitable Foundation. There are a record-breaking 45,000 participants running for all different causes in the marathon this year. Although “Team Bayan” consists of only these two runners at this time, the team is still making a great impact and effort in raising awareness for this important cause.
“This is a way for us to honor our little angel Bayan, since she lost her ability to walk or run so early in life,” said Dr. Hassaballa. “We miss her terribly and the pain [of her loss] will never go away. I really wanted to do this for her”…
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If you want to support my run, it is not too late: http://www.ourangelbayan.org