Saudi blogger, influencer and motivational speaker Hamza Iskandar has recently lost his battle to cancer. A battle he did not give up on. A battle that will forever be remembered.
In 2012, Iskandar was diagnosed with Stage 3 gastroesophageal cancer, a diagnosis that left him and his family heartbroken.
Being an expert at marketing, Iskandar wanted to spread his optimism to the world.
That's when "I fight cancer with a smile" came to life. Over the years, Iskandar's positive energy and vibe inspired millions around the world.
"Let's not let cancer put us down , we fight because we can fight and win," was his motto.
He inspired millions by telling his story on a stage
Iskandar used various social media channels to share his story with a wider audience.
"I can’t explain how hard it was, what made me realize that I’m OK was the fact that as soon as I head home, I would always find extremely encouraging messages, e-mails and people telling me of their stories," Iskandar said in an interview with Arab News in 2014.
"Having a good attitude is 90% of the cure"
"We were all born to challenge ourselves. You have to be strong, you have to build yourself so you can win this," he says.
Iskandar also designed t-shirts to show his support for cancer patients with one of them stamped with the phrase "Hug a cancer patient" written across.
He is the real "Sound of Hope"
In 2014, Iskandar became an ambassador for Sound of Hope, a campaign that aims to raise hearing aid funds for the underprivileged.
"Life is too short to be negative," he said. "I can't be sad. I have to fight."
Iskandar opened his own cancer support center
Iskandar opened the "Cancer Fighters Support Center" and helped change the name of a cancer unit in Jeddah from IMC Cancer Patient Center to the IMC Cancer Fighter Center.
Following the news of his death, many posted tributes to Iskandar -- a soul who will forever be remembered.