May 2024 ✨ The Faris Foundation Quarterly

The Faris Foundation: Soaring to New Heights!

We are thrilled to share with you our Spring 2024 highlights and updates, as well as upcoming initiatives and opportunities for you to join us in bringing brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer. Thank you for your continued partnership in our golden mission!

Spring 2024 Updates

ART IS MY LIFE

The outpatient clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer Center was full of magical winged creatures at The Faris Foundation’s recent quarterly Art Party! Our volunteers transformed the clinic into a creative workshop where patients and families created their own wearable wings. See the young artists in action here!

ART IS MY LIFE

In celebration of World Music Therapy Week (April 10-15), Melissa Melo, The Faris Foundation Music Therapist at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, led a jam-packed week of events, including a party for patients complete with treats, karaoke, and music-and-art-making activity stations. Check out scenes from Music Fest here!

ART IS MY LIFE

The Faris Foundation is bringing music therapy to Texas Children’s Cancer Center! Through a new multi-year grant, we are supporting the position of the first-ever music therapist dedicated to serving patients and families within the nation’s largest pediatric cancer center. The search for The Faris Foundation Music Therapist is underway!

CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH

With your support, The Faris Foundation has helped launched two major phase I clinical trials studying immunotherapy in treating historically underfunded childhood cancers where the prognosis is dire. Findings from trailblazing research supported by The Faris Foundation were recently published in Nature Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Congratulations to the research teams led by Dr. Hegde, Dr. Navai, and Dr. Omer for moving science forward, sharing new knowledge, and giving hope where it is most needed.

CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH

The Faris Foundation has made a $200,000 commitment to support the Better Ewing Sarcoma Treatment (BEST) Grant, led by researcher Dr. Poul Sorenson. “Dr. Sorensen’s research has unveiled a very provocative and novel approach to understanding metastasis in Ewing sarcoma, an elusive malady…We are very excited and optimistic about supporting his rigorous science and the knowledge that will come forth from this investigation.” – Dr. Asha Virani

GOOD JUJU

We’ve sent over 180 Good JuJu Care Packages so far this year! In the words of one recipient’s parent: “It really brought tears to my eyes. This was absolutely not your typical care package. I was blown away at the thought and personalization that went into this gift for her…These are the things that get us through.” If you know a child with cancer, we’d love to send them a curated care package on your behalf! Simply fill out the request form here.

GOOD JUJU

We are grateful to the organizations, businesses, and groups that have hosted Good JuJu Wrap Parties this year, helping us beautifully package, prepare, and deliver 68 care packages. Thank you to: The Friedkin Group, EDP Renewables, Sunnova, Girl Scout Troop 19440, Melissa Kaan, and Zainab Khuwaja-Ali. Interested in hosting your own Good JuJu Wrap Party? Learn more here!

Opportunities to Shine Bright with The Faris Foundation!

BRIGHTER DAYS GOLF CLASSIC

Join us at the 4th annual Faris Foundation Brighter Days Golf Classic, presented by AT&T, our Knight In Shining Armor sponsor! Play golf for a golden cause: to support transformative pediatric cancer research and programs that bring brighter days to children with cancer. Sponsorship opportunities are selling out quickly, so secure your spot today!

CHEVRON HOUSTON MARATHON

Run: a child’s life depends on it. Run in the 2025 Chevron Marathon, half marathon, or 5k in support of The Faris Foundation, an official charity partner of the Chevron Houston Marathon. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-timer, there’s a place for you on our team. Help kids with cancer cross the finish line, and register today!

Other ways to get involved:

  • Corporate Sponsorship: Support the mission of The Faris Foundation while aligning your business with the largest single day sporting event in the city of Houston! Learn more here.
  • Volunteer: Join The Faris Foundation’s race day party as a volunteer! Our 2024 cheer station was so sparkly, we were featured on the local news! Contact Carrie at carrie@thefarisfoundation.org to sign up. 
VOLUNTEER AT THE FARIS FOUNDATION ART STUDIO

There is now an official volunteer placement specifically for The Faris Foundation Art Studio at Texas Children’s Cancer Center! This is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in making a weekly commitment to supporting patients and families within the Art Studio space. To learn more, contact Tiffany at tiffany@thefarisfoundation.org.

Signing off with a Twinkling Thought

“You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings.”

– Rumi

Gold Star: Volunteer Spotlight

Rashmi Gupta shines bright for The Faris Foundation in so many ways. On the morning of our most recent Art Party, Rashmi arrived with her smile and sparkle – she answered our urgent call for a volunteer with just one hour’s notice! Rashmi has a magnanimous way of showing up for the Foundation. From baking beautiful cookies for patients at our holiday Art Party, to fundraising and running the marathon, to wrapping more Good JuJu Care Packages than we can keep up with, she inspires us daily. Rashmi’s golden commitment to serve others and her heart of GOLD make us stronger.

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.