Naveed Nanjee wrote -
Faris, my nine-year-old amazing cousin, is battling Ewing sarcoma for the second time. Faris is incredibly strong, the strongest person I know, and needs all the love, prayers, and support to beat cancer again. He defeated cancer once and he is going to do it again with our support.
Ewing sarcoma is a rare cancer of the bone that affects children. There is very little understanding of this type of cancer and that is why there has been so little advancement in treatment of this disease.
In my personal effort to support Faris, I have been inspired by him to take on the biggest physical challenge of my life: the Ironman 70.3. I will be swimming 1.2-miles in the ocean, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles on April 26, 2015 in Galveston, Texas. This is my way of honoring Faris for his fearlessness. Faris’ strength and endurance through these past 2 years has been an incredible inspiration for me to witness. I embark on this challenge to not only honor him but also to raise awareness for Ewing Sarcoma and raise funds for the Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center established in Texas Children’s Hospital.
The Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center conducts translational and clinical research in order to be able to provide transformative and effective treatment approaches for the care and management of all patients diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. The center is the first of its kind in the world dedicated solely to immersive and collaborative study of Ewing sarcoma. The center was started with seed money from Faris' own piggy bank containing $1000, which he had saved since he was a very young boy.
Please consider a donation to the The Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center to support the development of better diagnostic and therapeutic approaches with the goal of finding a cure for Ewing sarcoma. To learn more about the center, please visit http://txch.org/cancer-center/solid-tumor-programs/ewing-sarcoma-center/
This Ironman challenge is my humble way to help Faris during this time; please join me by supporting my effort.
No donation is too small.