Filipino Cancer Patient Honored by Queen Elizabeth II for Community Work in UK

A Filipino cancer patient based in the United Kingdom has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to the community.

Doreen Jaen-Mooney, of New Heights, Kingstanding but originally from Butuan City in the Philippines, was granted the rank of Member under the Order of the British Empire (OBE) earlier this month.

According to the official website of the British Monarchy, “the Order of the British Empire recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.”

Despite suffering from breast cancer herself, Mooney helped other volunteers establish a community café to build friendships and get access to training and jobs, and where local people could meet to do everything from build friendships, to accessing training and jobs.

Mooney also opened her home to people with nowhere to go and takes care of disabled people in the area despite having treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer, has been a leading light.

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“I am so grateful and honored to be given such award. Never in my dreams that I would be given such honors! What a humbling experience, indeed,” she tells the local publication.

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