Mission and Values

The Faris Foundation is inspired by the provocative and edifying words of Faris D. Virani. In his nine years of earthly life, he emboldened us with his shimmering light, his magical way of being, and his triumphant spirit. Faris’ bold words and remarkable approach to his journey with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, are our call to action.

Our core values that guide us to improve the quality of life for children with cancer are: Creativity, Collaboration, and Community.

“Mommy, cancer is not hard.”

If a 6-year-old can say these profound words, then the search for better treatment requires a paradigm shift as well. Our approach is unique in that we have made a transformative investment in establishing the world’s only comprehensive research center dedicated to Ewing sarcoma at Texas Children’s Hospital. We firmly believe that the breakthrough discoveries that take place in the center will represent the future of Ewing sarcoma treatment and the best hope for children with this aggressive and elusive malady. We also support transformative investments in the country’s best and brightest pediatric cancer researchers and physicians who not only develop the most innovative therapies but create new knowledge that will result in future cures.

“Art is my life; writing is in my blood.”

Art was a powerful force of hope and healing in Faris’ cancer journey. He immersed himself in the creative process, and in it, found pure delight and joy. Understanding the power of creative expression, we seek to bring this same joy to children and their families in the hospital through unique art programs.

“Let there be GOLD.”

Faris was always bewildered by the lack of recognition of the month of September for Childhood Cancer Awareness and its associated symbolic gold ribbon. “Aren’t we important? When I grow up, I will Let there be GOLD.” Faris’ words are the catalyst for an educational, awareness, and fundraising campaign in September that elevates and amplifies public engagement around childhood cancer.