By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
The Behnam Daheshpour Charitable Organization is a well known and respected NGO that helps people who suffer from cancer. I have known about them for many years yet have not been able to officially introduce them to Payvand readers for different reasons. So I was delighted that last week my colleague Susan and my friend Patricia sent information about their 3 day fund raising food fair, which was held at Sepid Cultural Center, Vali-asr Avenue before Parkway Expressway, on 5th-8th May. We were able to go there and buy many samples of food from the fair which was well supported by many businesses, and companies.
The organization was formed as a direct wish of a young man, Behnam Daheshpour who suffered gravely from cancer and lost his life to it. Behnam, who had received treatment at the best of European and American hospitals had said to his parents that he wished to help and assist those who suffer from from this deadly disease. Behnam went to see the cancer section of the Shohada Hospital in Tajrish and met many of the patients like himself who were suffering, and waiting in long queues. Soon Behnam, with the help of his friends, organized a 3 day bazaar and then his friends performed a piano concert at the Arassbaran Cultural center, and they organized a couple of other bazaars. Proceedings of all went towards setting up the charity.
Behnam was in the process of taking part in a candle bazaar when he did not come back home. His parents and friends and family carried on his wishes and set up the Behnam Daheshpour Charity, which started its work in 1992 at the Oncology department of Shohada Hospital and opened a new waiting room for cancer patients four years later where many who suffer from cancer go to seek help, guidance, or financial help to pay for the high expenses. The charity provides medical care and emotional support to patients and their families.
The Behnam Daheshpour Charitable Organization consists of many different organizational sections, including
Social work unit
Free nutrition unit
Relief unit for convalescence home
Behnam's Friends Unit
Supply unit- cleaning , maintenance and repairs of the department
Young volunteers unit - helps the sick children
Specialized medical library- serving doctors, nurses and medical students
Education unit- this unit is responsible for providing educational expenses for child patients
Development, administration and special events units
Through the generosity of those who help the charity, the following sections have been added to Shohada hospital.
Intensive care Unit
New & Advanced Simulator machine
New & Advanced linear Cyclotron
Further information may be obtained from their website www.behnamcharity.org.ir. May all those who partake in such good cause be able to do so for a very long time and be a lesson to others.
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