Abtaluna (which means 'Our Superheroes' in Arabic) is a social enterprise which connects families of children fighting/fought cancer. We organise events in Dubai & offer unique services to our true superheroes and their families because they deserve it! We are also here to raise awareness about childhood cancer.
Day 1 of fighting cancer was Day 1 of needing to be brave, strong and as rational as possible. Our healthy two year old son woke up one day feeling tired, in pain and started to limp. Ten days later, we felt punched in the guts when we were told the most difficult news 'Your child has cancer'. Being pregnant with our second child made the journey a whole more difficult for our family but also more rational. We had no choice but to be strong for our son, as well as our unborn child.
Here is a photo of our adorable son when he started his treatment for Leukemia in April 2021. His favorite toys were (and still are!) superheroes, just like him! He had started to lose his hair in this photo... but not once did he lose his courage, confidence, humour or charm!
He inspired his mother Lama Andari to create this entity - exactly one year after his diagnosis. He also inspired her to write a children's book entitled 'Super Kids' about his journey fighting cancer to raise awareness and support families.
It's now our turn to support others, just as how we stood on our feet thanks to the support of family, friends, medical professionals and even complete strangers. We realized early on that unfortunately we could not find any platform in the Arab world that connects parents of children who have been forced to deal with cancer in their lives. Hence this website! Abtaluna أبطالنا means 'our superheroes' in Arabic and we have no doubt that children fighting/have fought cancer are inspiring superheroes! Oh, and so are their families!
We are grateful for the medical services we benefited from in Dubai. We provided our son with the required chemotherapy and immunotherapy thanks to the strong healthcare system.
We are registered under the Dubai Economic Department.