Remembering Dr. Fatemeh Kamkar

$13,166 of $20k goal

Raised by 213 people in 8 months
Sarah Hewitt  Ottawa, ON
Dr. Fatemeh Kamkar passed away on Tuesday July 26th,  2016 following a long battle with cancer. Fatemeh successfully completed her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. David Park at the University of Ottawa in 2015.

That achievement was, no doubt, the biggest testimony of her infinite resilience and determination. For more than 3 years she fought simultaneously against multiple rounds of cancer, for her right to stay in Canada and against numerous obstacles between her and the completion of her degree.

In 2011, Fatemeh made headlines when her application for permanent residency was rejected while still working on her PhD and battling cancer. Both CBC  and the Ottawa Citizen did stories on her case and in 2012 MP Paul Dewar pleaded her case  to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Fatemeh’s strength and perseverance through these difficult times are indications of her character. She was a kind and thoughtful person who never gave up. She remained happy and in good spirits even in the darkest of times. Fatemeh was a wonderful co-worker, friend, sister, daughter and aunt. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

We are setting up this GoFundMe page in order to help her family offset the substantial medical and funeral expenses they have endured. As an international student, not only did Fatemeh pay astronomically high tuition rates, she was also responsible for all her medical costs. As such, any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Please note: this fundraising page is being run/organized by Sarah Hewitt (friend and former colleague) but only Maryam Kamkar (Fatemeh's sister) will have access to the funds.

Thank you.
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Update 3
Posted by Sarah Hewitt
7 months ago
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Hi everyone! Another thank you for all the wonderful comments and the outstanding support you have all shown for Fatemeh's family. Thank you to CBC and Ottawa Citizen for posting stories about Fatemeh as well.

The family is so very thankful for all of this support and would like to help establish a scholarship through the University of Ottawa, in Fatemeh's name. This scholarship will be aimed to help an international student in need, and will serve as a great tribute to Fatemeh and her kind, giving nature.

Thank you all again for your generosity!
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Update 2
Posted by Sarah Hewitt
7 months ago
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Thank you all for your donations! We have already reached our initial goal of $5000 and the donations are still coming in! It is wonderful to see everyone come together and support Fatemeh's family during such a difficult time. Every dollar raised counts and is further testament to how loved Fatemeh was and will continue to be.

Thank you again :)
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Update 1
Posted by Sarah Hewitt
7 months ago
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Thank you everyone so much for your generosity! It is truly amazing to see the support from you all :)
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Kasra KM
7 months ago

In a news article I read about this; I found that she was going to pay all her cancer treatment costs by herself to remove any barrier against her permanent residency in Canada. So, how you raise 10K for her funeral, if she had that kind of budget?

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$13,166 of $20k goal

Raised by 213 people in 8 months
Created July 29, 2016
$50
Anonymous
6 days ago
$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
MM
$60
Melanie Mathieu
6 months ago
$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
FA
$20
Farhsng Abdollahi
7 months ago
GS
$50
G S
7 months ago
$20
Anonymous
7 months ago
MI
$200
Monica & Igor
7 months ago

With lots of love

MF
$20
mahbod farahani
7 months ago
AA
$20
Aria Alavi
7 months ago
Kasra KM
7 months ago

In a news article I read about this; I found that she was going to pay all her cancer treatment costs by herself to remove any barrier against her permanent residency in Canada. So, how you raise 10K for her funeral, if she had that kind of budget?

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