Friends of Cancer Patients

The emoji that wants to save your life

Agency: FCB


No matter who you are or where you’re from, when you hear the diagnosis “Breast cancer” your world comes to a standstill. But in the UAE, there’s a bright pink light of hope on the horizon, Friends of Cancer Patients. This non-profit organization believes cancer should never be a scary journey, and definitely not one you should take alone. They are committed to supporting patients and their families every step of the way. But their work doesn’t stop there, FOCP knows the importance of early detection and raising awareness about self-exams, especially with breast cancer where 80% of breast cancer tumors are self-detected.
This is why Pink October is the most important month on their calendar. A time when they work hard to remind women everywhere to check their breasts! Horizon FCB Dubai wanted to find a way to support FOCP and use Pink October to launch an initiative that would act as a constant year-round reminder for women to do self-exams. This is when something caught their eye, an emoji waving out of the keyboard. But was the emoji waving, or doing something else? They asked the question, “Have you ever wondered why this emoji has her arm in the air? It’s because she’s doing a breast cancer self-exam.”
“Having a creative ‘self-examination’ tool using an Emoji will help spread the word about Breast cancer, creating dialogue and much needed awareness” - Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General, Friends of Cancer Patients. The emoji is a reminder to every woman who sees it or sends it to do their self-exam, and the hashtag quickly spread around the world.

This professional campaign titled 'The emoji that wants to save your life' was published in United Arab Emirates in October, 2020. It was created for the brand: Friends of Cancer Patients, by ad agency: FCB. This Digital medium campaign is related to the Public Interest industry and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted over 3 years ago.


Advertising Agency: Horizon FCB Dubai, UAE

Laithwaite’s Wine


Sign up for our newsletter

Don't miss out. Receive our free weekly newsletter to learn about the best creative work from all around the globe. We're keeping your email safe and confidential.