FROM THE DESK OF FARIS D. VIRANI
CHIEF ANGEL OFFICER, THE FARIS FOUNDATION
February 1, 2021
Letter From Asha, Mommy To Chief Angel Officer, Faris D. Virani
Dear Friends of The Faris Foundation,
We started the Faris Foundation exactly two years ago, on February 1, 2019 as a labor of deep love, abiding hope, and service. Our first year, we learned what made us truly unique and inimitable – we are lead by the words bequeathed to us by our Chief Angel Officer, Faris D., which gave us the clarity of both vision and purpose – what we affectionately call his heartprint. How precious this has been in our second year, the gift of clarity in navigating unexpected circumstances. A heartprint is better than any map or compass; for it has allowed us to be adept, agile, and resilient. At the same time, Faris’ words were a clarion call to action, a demand – to step up, show up, and serve.
The challenges faced by childhood cancer families in 2020 were amplified by the increased isolation, economic hardship, and uncertainty on many fronts. With your support and confidence in our work, we together, in this unprecedented year, were able not only to successfully grow and expand our programs, some in the most creative ways, but also to provide direct support to childhood cancer families. We were able to show up for children and families when other organizations were forced to scale back.
Our work and dedication in our three key areas grew tremendously this year. Our art therapist, Leara Glinzak was brought on to serve patients at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, one of the largest pediatric cancer centers in the country. The leadership at TCH recognized the critical role of art in healing, especially in this moment. We have made a bold, significant, and transformative investment in research, that builds off of decades of knowledge in immunotherapy, to bring forth a clinical trial that will give hope where there is none for rare solid tumors. We have cultivated new and major partners in raising awareness about childhood cancer in September and galvanized communities throughout the country to advocate for childhood cancer, you will read and see it all in this report. The outcomes have not only met key milestones, but exceeded them.
The work done this year has us poised for even greater impact in 2021 and beyond.
We are able to bring brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer because of your steadfast partnership and support. We recognize that you have many choices for your giving and we are deeply humbled and grateful that you choose to invest in the Faris Foundation. We have much work to do – with heaven and earth – working together, we have a beautiful journey ahead. Please walk beside us – we need your light to accompany us.
Going with the flow,
Mommy to Chief Angel Officer, Faris D. Virani
NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE 2021
“Art is Hope” presented by The Faris Foundation
A virtual workshop and creative community service opportunity
You can still participate in this ongoing service opportunity! Visit this link to access a recording of the workshop, along with many downloadable resources, such as a Pop Up Card Art Kit, the workshop presentation, drawing patterns, and more (everything you need for a fun family art night!). Please feel free to share widely! We’d love to see your work – follow and share with us on social media with the hashtag #TheFarisFoundation and tagging us on Facebook and Instagram @TheFarisFoundation.
BIRTHDAY WISH: BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD
Celebrate our second year with new shirts, hats, hoodies, and totes that represent The Faris Foundation! Come visit our online Swag Store – all proceeds will go directly to support the programs of The Faris Foundation.
Goes to YOU – for being a part of our community of love and light that has enabled us to move, with purpose, through our second year and beyond.