Without any symptoms, Mohamad has lost consciousness and fallen into a coma. At the age of 7, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Despite the environment and his situation as an orphaned refugee from a very poor family, Mohammad was a happy child full of energy and life. However, since his diagnosis, Mohamad’s life has changed forever.
Mohamad was born January 8, 1996 in Balata camp – a Palestinian refugee camp in, Nablus, West Bank. Mohamd’s father died when he was just 3 years old. He lives with his mother who also suffers from vision problems. After his diagnosis. Mohamad did not receive proper healthcare due to their financial situation. Insulin was in no doubt the lifeline for Mohammad, but type 1 diabetes cannot be managed only by taking insulin. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness Mohammad’s family had about T1D, lead to him dropping out of school.
At 23 years old, Mohamad wants a new start
Today, Mohamad is 23 years old and does not want this disease to hold him back anymore. “I know I am different. I see people looking at me differently. I am 23, but I look 10.” with a smile on his face says Mohamad. “Now that I’m older, I’m proud of my diabetes, because it’s something I have to deal with on a daily basis. I want to share my story with everybody. I want help to spread awareness about this disease and it’s management.”
Mohamad is asking us to help him start a small business of his own – a grocery store. He wants to get on his feet and become self-sufficient. His wants to learn how to drive. He wants to visit schools and institutions in Palestine and spread awareness about T1D by sharing his story. Join us today. Let’s help Mohamad bring his dream to light. Any contribution will help!
The cost of establishing a grocery store (includes supplies for six months) is $4,000.
$1,000 to provide insulin and other medical necessities to Mohamad for six months.
Please help us give Mohamad the gift of a new beginning!