February 2022 ✨ The Faris Foundation Quarterly

THE FARIS FOUNDATION QUARTERLY 
Special BIRTHDAY Edition – February 2022 

From the desk of Faris D. Virani
Chief Angel Officer, The Faris Foundation

February 1, 2022
 


 

As we celebrate the 3rd birthday of The Faris Foundation, we can see just how far we have come since our inception on February 1, 2019. It is with your steadfast and generous support that we have been able to take flight and bring brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer. Our 2021 Impact Report is a testimony to your confidence and faith in our work.  Please take the time to read it and share our work – it is a labor of love and fierce hope. You will see how the words of a sweet nine-year-old boy, our Chief Angel Officer, Faris D., continue to serve as our guiding light in all that we do.

Going with the flow, 
Asha J. Virani, MD
Mommy to Chief Angel Officer 

✨ News and Updates 

Party Time! Ringing In the New Year
We wrapped up 2021 at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House Houston with specially curated Do-It-Yourself New Year’s Eve Party Kits, including confetti, sparkling apple cider, and party favors to ring in the new year with hope for good health, joy, and blessings for all. 

HEROS 3.0 Clinical Trial
With robust support from The Faris Foundation, the HEROS 3.0 project is now recruiting patients in a Phase I clinical trial: this is the key first step in determining the safety and efficacy of a new treatment. You can read more about this groundbreaking research in our 2021 Impact Report. 

Creative Arts Therapy at Ronald McDonald House Houston
We are excited to announce the expansion of our Art Is My Life Program, through a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Ronald McDonald House Houston that brings Creative Arts Therapy and related services directly to patients and families at the House. Look out for more details in the coming weeks!

Mission Mondays at Altar’d State
This season, Altar’d State in Sugar Land, TX has partnered with The Faris Foundation and will be donating 10% of sales on Mondays (January 31 through April 11) to the Foundation. We are honored to be part of Altar’d State’s initiative highlighting The Healing Powers of the Arts!

Brighter Days Golf Classic: September 19, 2022
Save the date! The Faris Foundation’s Second Annual Brighter Days Golf Classic will be held on Monday September 19, 2022 at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land, TX. Details to come soon – you don’t want to miss this!

Welcome to the newest member of The Faris Foundation Team!
Tiffany Talbert, Director of Growth and Engagement

Tiffany comes to The Faris Foundation by way of Indiana, where she was born and lived until 2020. Her deep passion for children and youth has guided her career aspirations. She spent nearly a decade serving the youth of Indianapolis through a grassroots nonprofit. With her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropic Studies she has a wide-ranging skill set that includes grant writing and development, special events, program evaluation, operations, and direct service. 

Her purpose and devotion in this world are to her son, Gabriel. When she’s not working for brighter days and better treatment for children with cancer she can be found listening to podcasts, reading two or three books at a time, or retrieving golf balls for her son. With Faris’ guidance Tiffany hopes to operationalize the magic The Faris Foundation makes each and every day.

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Faris D.!
If you are so inspired, join us in celebrating Faris D.’s sixteenth birthday with an act of sweet kindness this month. You can download our special card to share here, and we hope that you will invite others to join in too!


Signing off with a Twinkling Thought 
“On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered. ‘Life will never be the same.’” 
– Nancy Tillman
 
Gold Star
Goes to YOU – for being a part of our community of love and light that has enabled us to move, with purpose, through our third year and beyond.
 
Glow Baby Glow
We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Come visit or drop a line at info@thefarisfoundation.org. Help us to share the magic by inviting others to join our glowing community.