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Elissa Sends Message of Support to Lebanese Pageant Star Battling Cancer

She revealed earlier this year that she had beaten breast cancer, and now Elissa is supporting a fellow countrywoman also battling a form of the disease. The Lebanese singer this week sent a message of love to Michele Hajal, a finalist in 2016’s Miss Lebanon, who is currently fighting Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The 24-year-old, who works as a dietitian, was first diagnosed in January this year, and underwent a successful round of chemotherapy before relapsing in July. Now, she requires specialized treatment in the United States, according to her fundraising website.

“I am really touched by the story of Michelle,” wrote Elissa on Twitter, sharing an image of Hajal’s fundraising page. “I remember her from Miss Lebanon 2016 and here she is fighting cancer today at 24. God be with you dear. And we are all here to help.” Hajal requires US $750,000 for CAR-T cells therapy, a treatment with a high cure rate, according to GoFundMe. The former pageant contestant was diagnosed shortly after getting engaged, she revealed on Instagram earlier this year, and is hoping to undergo treatment ahead of her wedding next year.

“God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may never understand his wisdom, but we simply have to trust his will,” Hajal told her followers last month. “We will make it through this and it will make us stronger.”

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