Hareem's fight against Cancer
*You can follow Hareem Ahmed on instagram and keep up-to-date with his progress on there too @hareem.ahmed1*
On the 13th of August 2017, Hareem Ahmed had vomited blood and was in and out of consciousness. The emergency services were informed and admitted Hareem into Queen's Medical Centre. The doctor that reviewed Hareem's medical records had made the assumption that Hareem had acid reflux, as the doctors suggested his health to be perfect for his age - if not better.
Whilst Hareem was admitted he underwent an Endoscopy scan which uncovered a large sized lump in his oesophagus. The doctors had informed Hareem's family this could be cancerous. He was subjected to a CT scan which confirmed the family's worst fear, Hareem had been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, which has now spread to his gland. This came as a shock to even the doctors as they stated they've never experienced this in their lifetimes and is extremely rare to be diagnosed with oesophagus cancer at the age of 24.
He currently is 24 years of age, this form of cancer is extremely rare in a young adults as "less than 15% of cases are found by people younger than age 55." We, Hareem's brothers, are starting this GoFundMe page on his behalf to help fund for his treatment abroad at John Hopkins hospital in America. The specific treatment that we are seeking at John Hopkins hospital is Immunotherapy, which would be the most effective treatment for the cancer that he has.
Hareem had been diagnosed 6 days before his first wedding anniversary. Hareem Ahmed married on 26th of August 2016 and had dreams of having children. However, being diagnosed with cancer 6 days before your 1st wedding anniversary is heart-breaking. As you can imagine, a year prior to the diagnosis – on his wedding day, he was flooded with happiness which was amplified through his heart-warming smiley, even though he has always had that smile on his face. Despite the devistating news he was confronted with, he still smiles and laughs all the time. He's still the same Hareem everyone knows him as; happy, cheerful and kind-hearted.
Because of this, Hareem has now been forced to put his life on hold. During these 24 years of his life, he has been working towards helping others, having a family and owning his very own business. Hareem has dreams and ambitions to pursue a career within the Business Management and Marketing sector, as this was the subject he studied whilst at University. Furthermore, Hareem firmly believes owning a business isn't enough as helping others is his ultimate goal.
As Hareem firmly believes the family, friends and the general public will assist him in this time of need, Hareem wishes to help others through charity work once he is succesful in his battle with cancer. After being diagnosed with cancer, Hareem has stated he wishes to help those that most need it ranging from those with cancer to those that are homeless. Furthermore, he has also stated that once he recovers from this battle against cancer, he wishes to devot his life towards charity work by starting his own charity foundation and volunteering spare time in order to help those that most need it, as well as owning a business to get him by.
Hareem is a very confident and well spoken individual who aspires to achieve the best he possibly can. He has a strong state of mind and has remained strong throughout this difficult time. He is very thankful for all the support he has been receiving and also reads every comment and message. As he is currently recovering, he's unable to respond to everyone but he does want everyone to know he is very thankful and appreciative of all the support.
We ask for your help to raise money for Hareem and the urgent treatment he requires to help get his life back on track. No amount is too small and we will forever be thankful for any help that is recieved.
1. Ali Dawah meets Hareem Ahmed and comes across a helpful lady named Ila and discusses how she feels after hearing about Hareem's condition. It has been viewed over 100,000 times.
2. Nottingham family's race to raise more than £100k to save terminally ill 24 year old
3. NottinghamPost published Hareem Ahmed's story on the NottinghamPost newspaper on Thursday, October 12th, 2017:
*If any Media outlet, business, organisation or person wishes to contact Hareem Ahmed, they can contact him through email or through his Instagram: @Hareem.Ahmed1. The best way to contact Hareem is through Instagram.
***FLYERS & POSTERS***
We have designed flyers and posters to help raise awareness of Hareem Ahmed's condition. If you wish to help distribute these flyers in your university and college that you attend, at your workplace or any other place you can think of, please contact @Hareem.Ahmed1 on Instagram and we'll give you the flyers and posters.
*Disclaimer (subject to change at any time therefore it is your responsibility to check this GoFundMe page and keep updated on the disclaimer):
a, i). Money will be used for Hareem’s care and well-being, as well as being saved for his treatment.
b, i). In the unfortunate instance, if Hareem passes away, the remainder of the money will be used to open a charity by the family, as per Hareems wishes.
You can also help by sharing this link with your friends and family. Thank you - on behalf of Hareem Ahmed, his family and friends.
Any major updates, news or information about me will be updated on my official GoFundMe page, which is located in my bio.
* I am currently not receiving any treatment, nor am I in America.
Also, there is no further events taking place to fundraise for my treatment. If this changes, it will be updated on my GoFundMe page.
Hareem is currently in a critical condition in hospital, in recent weeks Hareem's health has deteriorated rapidly. We are asking for everybody to pray for Hareem and the family in this very difficult time.
Doctors have said Hareem doesn't have much life left, however Hareem has said "... Keep doing dua for me may Allah make it easy for the ummah. Life and death is in Allah's hands Insha'Allah we will keep going until Allah wills".
Please, for the sake of the family pray that Insha'Allah Allah will grant Hareem Shifa and Sabr for the family in this very difficult time. Hareem has strong faith in Allah and the plans of Allah.
A fundraising dinner event will be taking place on the 3rd of December 2017 at Excelsior Suites Ltd, (5-7 Lortas Rd Nottingham NG5 1EH) to help raise funds and awareness for Hareem's condition. We kindly request you please attend to help support Hareem, as he will be attending too. We will also be hosting auctions and collecting money to help fund for Hareem's urgent treatment.
PLEASE SHARE THE ATTACHED IMAGE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Hareem, family and friends hope to see you there, thank you.
I met with Dr Gossage who specialises in cancer of the oesophagus and stomach. He reviewed my reports and suggested he is unable to perform an operation to remove the cancerous tumour from my oesophagus, as not only has it spread to my lymph nodes around my oesophagus but it has also spread around the lymph nodes at the bottom of my stomach. Because of this, there is a risk if I undergo an operation to remove the cancerous tumour from my oesophagus and the lymph nodes around the oesophagus, my body will weaken even more potentially causing the cancer in the lymph nodes at the bottom of my stomach to spread. Furthermore, it is difficult to remove the cancer in my lymph nodes from the bottom of my stomach, as it is impossible to determine to location when the Dr’s are carrying out an operation.
The treatment most effective for my case is immunotherapy. The treatment will not only target the tumour in the oesophagus but it will also target the lymph nodes, which means there is a very high chance it will remove the cancer completely due to the success rate of immunotherapy.
I ask that you keep praying for me. And please don’t stop promoting my GoFundMe page (the link is in my bio) because sharing this page, donating towards my treatment and praying for me... as you’re potentially saving my life. ❤️