Farid Foundation Donates $100,000 to Yale School of Medicine

Edible Arrangements® Co-founder and COO Kamran Farid personally delivers gift to Pediatric Oncology Research Department's Psychosocial Service; treated for leukemia at the children's hospital as a child

Mar 27, 2013, 11:59 ET from The Farid Foundation

WALLINGFORD, Conn., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Farid Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by brothers Tariq and Kamran Farid, founders of Edible Arrangements®, announced today that a gift of $100,000 was made to the Yale School of Medicine.

The contribution has personal meaning for Kamran Farid. As a child, he was treated at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with leukemia. Because of this experience, the money donated from the Farid Foundation will go to support Yale School of Medicine's Pediatric Oncology Department's Psychosocial Service, which helps support families through this difficult time.

"I know from personal experience that this terrible disease affects more than just the child," Kamran Farid said at a luncheon where he presented the check to Dr. Gary Kupfer, Chief of the Pediatric Oncology Department. "Having a child with cancer puts tremendous financial and emotional strain on the entire family. I saw the impact on my family as I was going through treatment, and it is my hope that this gift will provide both financial and emotional relief to families going through this experience now and in the future."

Dr. Kupfer said the contribution will be used in the Pediatric Oncology Department's Psychosocial Service to support patients' and families' psychological and neurocognitive needs while collecting research from each case to help children and their families that have yet to be diagnosed.

"We are honored that Mr. Farid chose our department for this donation," Dr. Kupfer said. "He is living proof that we are making progress in controlling this disease so that former victims can lead fulfilling lives. The next step is to assure that all those diagnosed with all types of childhood cancer grow up to lead full, healthy, and productive lives."

"This gift is a great and generous boost to a growing program at Yale designed to care for all children with cancer," added Dr. George Lister, Chairman of Pediatrics.   

About The Farid Foundation

The Farid Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) philanthropic organization established in 2005 by brothers Tariq and Kamran Farid, founders of Edible Arrangements®, as a way to support worthwhile causes both at home and around the world.  Since then, the Foundation's contributions have benefited dozens of programs and services, including hospitals, schools, community centers, soup kitchens, revitalization efforts as well as organizations fighting poverty, childhood cancer and promoting leadership opportunities for youth.
More information is available at the Foundation's website, www.faridfoundation.com.

About Edible Arrangements International

With over 1,100 franchise locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements International, LLC is the leading purveyor of delicious, high quality, artistically designed, fresh fruit arrangements that are practical and healthy gifts and centerpieces for everyday occasions and events. Brothers Tariq and Kamran Farid developed and launched the company in 1999 in East Haven, CT, after many years in the floral industry. The company has been recognized as an industry leader since its inception, including ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur magazine's annual "Franchise 500" for the past six years and also placing in Entrepreneur's Top 40 of "Fastest Growing Franchises" and "America's Top Global Franchises." Edible Arrangements® was named one of the Top 5 businesses in Connecticut by Inc. magazine's first Hire Power Awards in 2012 and has also ranked in Inc.'s Top 5,000 fastest growing privately-held companies for seven consecutive years. The company was recently recognized as one of the "Top 100 Internet Retailers" by Internet Retailer magazine and was also named as one of 1851's "Top 100 Social Franchises." Customers may order arrangements by telephone at 1-877-DO-FRUIT, at one of the company's retail stores, or online at EdibleArrangements.com. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® and other trademarks noted are registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC.

SOURCE The Farid Foundation