Courage to Fight Breast Cancer

This campaign ended on October 31, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Lebanese American University by clicking here!

Breast cancer rates in Lebanon are increasing, especially among younger women. Hiba Yazbeck decided she wanted to do something about it.

When LAU alumna Hiba Yazbeck (LAU ’97) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, she was surprised—she had no history of the disease in her family. She did some research, and discovered that breast cancer rates were rapidly increasing in Lebanon.

Hiba’s prognosis was good—Breast cancer is 98% treatable when discovered early. But she knew that cultural taboos sometimes kept Lebanese women from discussing cancer, preventing them from getting the kind of treatment that was critical for their survival

Hiba found herself at a crossroads: “I decided I wanted to do something positive out of what I was going through.” She created Courage to Fight Breast Cancer or C2.

She teamed up with Dr. Myrna Doumit, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at LAU’s Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing (ARCSON). In fall 2016, with Hiba’s generous support and ARCSON’s backing, Dr. Doumit started going into rural communities in Lebanon to teach women about breast self-exams and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

What can we do?

We want to raise $10,000 during the month of October to continue and expand this innovative program in 2018. This will allow Dr. Doumit and her team to train 150 health care workers who can lead C2 awareness raising workshops across Lebanon. We believe that by giving women the information they need, we can help save lives. 

We know that you or someone you love may also have faced breast cancer. We want to help more women in Lebanon get the chance to fight and win.


GiveCampus is the easiest way to give to C2! But if you prefer to send a check, it can be made out to Lebanese American University and sent here:

Lebanese American University

New York Headquarters and Academic Center

211 E 46th Street

New York, NY 10017


Thank you for helping us save lives in Lebanon with C2!

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Sponsor – Thank you for helping us meet our goal! Every single donation is welcome and needed. All donors will be honored on our GiveCampus page, unless of course you wish to give anonymously.


Snack Sponsor – In Lebanese culture, it is very important to provide hospitality! Your gift of $25 can help us provide healthy snacks and refreshments to workshop attendees. We'll send a digital thank-you card for your contribution!


Transport Sponsor – Staff and volunteers may travel for several hours to remote areas of Lebanon for our workshops. Your gift of $75 can help underwrite a tank of gas to get to and from a workshop. In addition to the digital acknowledgements you’ll receive a handwritten thank-you note from the C2 team at the LAU New York Academic Center.


Brochure Sponsor – Every attendee returns home from a C2 workshop with helpful printed materials to share with family and friends. Your gift of $150 can help cover printing expenses for brochures in four workshop locations. In addition to our prior acknowledgements, we will send you a digital download link, featuring beautiful photographs of our thankful workshop attendees.


Nurse Sponsor – Our first year of C2 has been greatly helped by LAU’s Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing. Your gift of $300 can help underwrite the participation of expert nurses in our future workshops. In return, and in addition to our prior acknowledgements, we’ll send you a special card with one of our favorite C2 workshop photographs.

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Training Sponsor – To sustain and extend the C2 Program into the future, we need to train staff members at local Primary Health Centers across Lebanon. This “train-the-trainers” initiative will ensure that more women receive the vital information they need. Your gift of $1,000 can help to underwrite one of these training workshops. For your extremely generous gift, in addition to our prior acknowledgments, we’ll send you a 8x10" photo from a recent C2 workshop in Lebanon.