Fundraiser Testifies to
Community’s Support for Imran
By Naushad Sarwar
to R: Imran Khan, Dr Burki, Shafique Khan, Dr Razak H. Chaudhry,
Ali Zaidi, Yasmin Zaidi and Haya Farooqui
Angeles, CA: Whether you are seriously running for a cause,
volunteering yourself for an NGO, or simply striving to serve
humanity, the society at large is eager to accord recognition
to your efforts, and to make its own contribution as well.
There could be more than one event to mark the gratitude of
the masses in case of a person extraordinaire.
Such an event was arranged on May 20, 2005 at The Hilton –
LAX. The elite of the community, who never let such an opportunity
go by, turned up in large number to contribute to the fundraiser
organized by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital &
Research Center. Incidentally, the center has celebrated the
10th anniversary of its successful operation.
The founder and CEO,
Mr. Imran Khan, himself graced the fundraiser with his presence.
He is truly an inspirational character. A picture of grace
and poise, Imran called upon members of the community to be
a part of the struggle to impart healing and health to patients
of cancer. Vision, commitment, hard work, and above all, continued
support by the community is what made the hospital a self-sufficient,
high-tech, free treatment and research center, Imran said.
A video highlighting the hospital’s working was also
screened on the occasion.
Fazal, Yamin and Ali
, Haya, Iman Alam and members of Fuzon Band
“It takes only 15 cents to be treated at SKMH &
RC regardless of social status and patients are pouring in
even from Afghanistan and India,” Imran informed the
gathering. “One-fifth of the medicines are imported.
Free chemotherapy, free food, pharmacy accessibility, and
free prescriptions are the iconic symbols of this world-know
facility”, Imran stated. “How
handy this organization has been for the ailing humanity is
what symbolizes us”, was a statement he was proud of.
To elaborate further on the performance of the hospital, Dr.
Burki furnished impressive statistics to highlight the role
of the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in providing treatment to cancer
patients in Pakistan. During the presentation, the buoyant
Dr. Burki gave a bird’s eye view of the facility, including
its operational details, monthly expenses, and number of patients
checking in daily. “Seventy percent patients are treated
free, 30 % pay partially, leaving the rest of the expenses
to be met through donations, funds and zakat”, he informed.
“The facility is self-managed, is state of the art -
all computerized and installed with self-designed software
system - and with a cutting edge research center copied all
over the world as a role model”, Dr. Burki proudly claimed.
A great performance
Visibly sharing Imran’
s vision and support to his cause at the fundraiser were a
number of enterprising Pakistani-American individuals, including
Mr. Shafiq Khan, Mr. Ali Zaidi, Mrs. Yasmin Zaidi, Mr. Fazal
Farooqui, Mrs. Yahya Farooqui, and Dr. Razzak Chawdhry. A
full capacity hall of 700 plus was packed to capacity testifying
to the community’s support to Imran’s efforts.
Musical heartthrobs of Pakistan, Fuzon Band, spiced up the
evening with songs the audience had waited to hear live for