Remembering Dr. Fatemeh Kamkar
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.
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!
Thank you again :)
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?