Barbara, a young wife and mother, was diagnosed with breast cancer in metastatic stage in 2009. She had a mastectomy and went through uncountable sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
During summer 2011, Barbara challenged her fear and along with her husband Hani and her two children, Leonie and Leonard, she went on “The Lebanese Flag Trip”. For eighty days, she travelled all over Lebanon and visited more than 1655 villages and towns and collected signatures of mayors on a 10452 dm2 Lebanese flag that she offered to the Lebanese President. She proved that her faith and will are stronger than fear and even stronger than death.
On August 16, 2012, cancer spread to Barbara’s brain and more precisely into the meninges. Doctors recommended to stop the treatment because her remaining days were few. Two weeks later, Barbara, on a wheelchair, accompanied her family on a trip won in a TV contest to Bulgaria. She did not want to deprive her children from this holiday.
One year later, on August 16, 2013, Barbara defied again her illness. From the highest peak of Lebanon, Qurnet el Sawda, she sent regards to her doctors. She was accompanied by her husband and children and one more time she challenged her disease.
On February 4, 2014, Barbara, bedridden, witnessed the legal birth of her long-awaited NGO to support adult cancer patients.
On February 27, 2014, having secured that her mission will not fade away, Barbara bowed her head and died. Despite pain and suffering, she was always recognized for her genuine smile and inner peace.xxxxxx