BEIRUT: MySchoolPulse, a nonprofit organization helping to provide education to child cancer patients, held its sixth annual Pulse5K race over the weekend to fund its operations in Lebanon. The event, attended by Bank Audi chairman Raymond Audi, gathered 1,800 participants at the Faqra Club in Mount Lebanon.
Proceeds from the race will contribute to financing the schooling of child cancer patients in six hospitals over the next year.
Medals and gifts were awarded to overall winners Kathia Rached and Imad Jizzini. Other winners were announced in eight different race categories. A special 1K course was also created for families.
The event was organized in collaboration with the Beirut Marathon Association and other supporters.
The race was held to benefit the activities of MySchoolPulse, which funds the education of children stricken with cancer and other severe illnesses during long bouts of treatment away from school.
The organization’s founder Mireille Nassif was on hand during the award ceremony and recounted the story of her 12-year-old son Paul Yared’s fight to keep learning while battling cancer. He died nearly five years ago, and Nassif, dismayed by the lack of educational alternatives for cancer patients, was inspired to create MySchoolPulse.
During the event she said her son’s main concern during treatment was to keep up with school and pass his exams, goals that gave him renewed strength to fight his disease. Maxime Chaya, Bank Audi’s corporate ambassador, also highlighted the importance of sports as a means to help others.
MySchoolPulse works in six major hospitals across the country. To date, the organization has provided over 12,000 hours of instruction and supported over 319 children. Classes offered by the nonprofit usually take place in hospitals and are led by instructors selected by the organization.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 05, 2015, on page 2.