The concept of
"Hayatt" dates back to 2003
when its founder Mrs.
Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami
(Oum Qais Abdullah Thaunayyn
Alghanim) was already
involved in charitable work
for several years providing
medicine and other
assistance to patients.
After living through the ordeal of witnessing her own grandson receiving his
cancer treatment outside his home country, Oum Qais decided to make a difference
to the lives of expatriates with cancer living in Kuwait. Her family, relatives
and friends joined her mission in convincing her that she could make a true
difference with her humanitarian work.
The Hayatt Association is composed
of a group of concerned volunteer women dedicated to serving their community and
alleviating the suffering caused by this disease.
Hayatt was founded to be
part of the "Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Charity Foundation" and was officially
recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs in 2008.
September 2007, through our determination and in the relatively short period
that our foundation, formerly known as "Hayat4Cancer"was set up, we sponsored
the treatment of hundreds of patients from 26 different nationalities (Egypt,
Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Soudan,
Yemen, Bulgaria, Canada, Iran, Lebanon, India, Morocco, Philippines, Sri-Lanka,
Iraq, Bangladesh, United States of America, China, Australia, Russia ,
Nepal and non- Kuwaitis (Bedouns) with various cancers including breast cancer,
lymphoma, colon cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, stomach cancer, kidney
cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and brain cancer at a cost of millions of
Due the heavy burden that breast cancer places on the
community and the commitment required, the association decided in 2012 to focus
on reducing the heavy financial and emotional burden caused by breast cancer on
the suffers. The Association decided to restrict its activities to deal only
with breast cancer and colon cancer (the second most common malignancy in
Kuwaiti women and the first most frequent malignancy in Kuwaiti men) through
"Hayatt, Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Breast Cancer Foundation".