"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 all around guy - 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, his wife Janet and children Isobel and Sam established The Adam Fanaki Brain Fund. Adam passed away just prior to the start of the pandemic and this purpose helped us both heal and focus on something positive.
Since starting this fundraising campaign, we have raised over $260,000 in pledges and worked directly with the charities to identify their needs and directly help those living with a brain tumour.
Here is where our fund so far has made a difference:
The creation of a unique mobile app; essential virtual programs and services during the pandemic; and the printing and distribution of patient and caregiver handbooks through the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Financially supporting those facing financial challenges through the Comfort Fund at St. Michael's Hospital. This provides help with items like transportation to appointments along with parking, food gift cards, prescription medication and help with end of life planning.
A donation to help initiate the hiring of a Nurse Practitioner to care for adolescents and young adults at St. Michael's Hospital.
Providing financial assistance towards the Compassionate Fund through the brain tumour clinic at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This program helps patients who are living with financial challenges and covers items like medicine, parking, transportation and other essentials.
A large donation towards the Sibling Support and 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.
As we enter our 3rd year of fundraising, we hope to continue to help these charities. Please tap on the DONATE button below to join us and make a contribution.