Let There Be GOLD

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.

Footage courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital

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.

Community Engagement

In September 2019, our “Let There Be GOLD” campaign galvanized the support of over 100,000 individuals across the nation, all rallying around the cause of childhood cancer awareness. The campaign brought to the public consciousness the dire lack of federal funding for childhood cancer research, and the many other deep inequities faced by children with cancer. Together, our communities mobilized to bring brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer.

Community Engagement

For the third year in a row, we partnered with AT&T stores across the country for our month-long educational and point-of-sale fundraising initiative.

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The City of Sugar Land recognized The Faris Foundation and issued a proclamation designating September as “Let There Be GOLD” Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

The proclamation was accepted “on behalf of the angels who hover over us, gently telling us to stay brave in your heart, stay steadfast in your soul because through it all, Grace abides.” – Asha Virani, Mommy to Chief Angel Officer Faris D. at The Faris Foundation

Video from the Proclamation Ceremony

Golden Events

Parades, spirit days, and more! Every September, we bring our signature series of GOLDEN events to children’s cancer centers. With the help of child life specialists, kids get decked out in gold and strut, roll, and shimmy down the halls for a parade unlike anything hospitals have ever seen! For even more GOLD, check out our previous celebrations at Texas Children’s Campuses in 2017 and 2018

In September 2019, we had our inaugural Let There Be GOLD event at M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital! 

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