"We are so grateful to all of our donors including Canadian businesses, foundations and individuals. Their support has enabled us to do so much for this community which helped our family along our own brain tumour experience."
At only 51 years of age, Adam Fanaki was taken from us far too soon. One of Canada's brightest lawyers, an accomplished public speaker and a terrific dad, husband and friend. He was loved by all who knew him.
After a three and a half year battle with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Adam succumbed to this disease on February 15, 2020.
To pay tribute to his life and help those still living with a brain tumour, we established The Adam Fanaki Brain Fund. Donations can be made through a secure site, My Charitable Impact, with tax receipts issued immediately.
As Adam passed away just prior to the start of the pandemic, this purpose helped us both heal and focus on something positive.
Since starting the fund, we have raised over $250,000. We work directly with charities that offer programs and services to brain tumour patients and their caregivers across Canada.
Here is where our fund is making a difference:
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to continue virtual supports that were crucial during the pandemic
Funded the printing and distribution of Brain Tumour Foundation patient and caregiver handbooks
End of life requests through the palliative program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto
The Comfort Fund at St. Michael's which provides daily essentials such as food gift cards, medicine and transportation to those facing financial hardship
The launch of a new mobile app developed by The Odette Cancer Centre's Brain Tumour Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
A Compassion Fund at Sunnybrook that takes care of medicine, parking, transportation and other essentials for patients living with financial challenges
The Sibling Support as well as Art Therapy programs at Sick Kids Hospital to provide children and young adults with some respite from the stress of, and watching someone you love, go through cancer treatments