THE STORY of “Let There Be GOLD”

A response to childhood cancer from The Faris Foundation

Faris D. Virani, during his three year journey with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma, was always bewildered by why more people didn’t recognize the gold ribbon and September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month the way they recognized and rallied around other causes. He asked: “Don’t children matter? Aren’t we important? When I grow up, I will Let There Be GOLD.

Faris D. Virani, during his three year journey with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma, was always bewildered by why more people didn’t recognize the gold ribbon and September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month the way they recognized and rallied around other causes. He asked: “Don’t children matter? Aren’t we important? When I grow up, I will Let There Be GOLD.

The Faris Foundation, inspired by the shimmering light of Faris D., is emboldened by his words. Faris was never able to fulfill his wish or see the support of communities around the cause. It is now our highest calling to fulfill the wish of an angel.

Every September, we deepen our commitment to this cause through our public awareness campaign called Let There Be GOLD. We honor every child, family, and angel during the month of September by raising awareness and education around childhood cancer so that our children will have brighter days and better treatments. 

For a mother’s perspective on September, please visit: National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: A Mother’s Perspective.

The Faris Foundation, inspired by the shimmering light of Faris D., is emboldened by his words. Faris was never able to fulfill his wish or see the support of communities around the cause. It is now our highest calling to fulfill the wish of an angel.

Every September, we deepen our commitment to this cause through our public awareness campaign called Let There Be GOLD. We honor every child, family, and angel during the month of September by raising awareness and education around childhood cancer so that our children will have brighter days and better treatments. 

For a mother’s perspective on September, please visit: National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: A Mother’s Perspective.

Facts about childhood cancer

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death for children in the US, more than all other diseases combined.

1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.

1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.

Only 4% of government cancer research funds go to childhood cancer research.

GOLD IN ACTION

When you “Let There Be GOLD,” you invest with The Faris Foundation and are a part of something transformative. Together, we are bringing brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer. 

2020 Let There Be GOLD Campaign

In this unprecedented year, our campaign continues – and our conviction is stronger than ever. Join us!

GOLDEN EVENTS

Parades, spirit days, art parties, and more – our signature series of celebratory golden events in September, and year-round.

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Community Engagement

There are so many ways to rally your community in support of children with cancer! Learn more by visiting our GOLD MINE of resources.

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Let There Be GOLD at Emory University

Proclamation from the City of Sugar Land recognizing September 2019 as “Let There Be GOLD Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”

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GOLDEN Families

OUR PARTNERS

For the fourth year in a row, 2,000 AT&T stores across the country will “Let There Be GOLD” this September, along with other corporations, retailers, civic organizations, school groups and more. 

Press release Partners in Action

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The Faris Foundation brings brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer.

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