Abdi Towfigh Fund To Fight Leukemia
Over the last 16 years we have helped raise awareness and organized many Bone Marrow drives in partnership with City of Hope and the National Marrow Donor Program to improve the chances of finding a match for any child anywhere in the world. The cure for blood cancer lies in the hands of ordinary people. Learn more by visiting www.bethematch.org.
With the help of our generous donors we are able to do more every year! From 2016 to 2019: We partnered up with the Dream Foundation to give life to final Dreams of six terminal Leukemia patients, improving the quality of their precious lives in ways medicine alone cannot: Theodore, 48 from Lake Owego, OR, Alva, 32 from Moreno Valley, CA and Miguel, 18 from Santa Ana, CA were able to create one final joyful memory with their loved ones at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. Roene, 70 of Maine went on a memorable trip with her two sisters. Unfortunately Kitty, 73 from Las Vegas did not make it to Hawaii with her friend Debi but she was so happy when she heard we would send them. We also sent Denise, 58 from Forked River, New Jersey to Graceland with her husband. We also gave financial support to six impoverished children suffering from leukemia and their families at MAHAK Hospital in Iran.
In 2015: We made Tracie Ann’s dream of going to Hawaii with her mom come true with the help of a wonderful non-profit organization called the Dream Foundation. Tracie Ann is a brave 32 year old battling terminal Leukemia.
In 2013 & 2014: We helped pay for the expenses & treatment of 5 impoverished children suffering from leukemia in Iran through a wonderful non-profit, non-governmental organization called MAHAK.
In 2013: We sent two kids diagnosed with leukemia along with their siblings to the summer 2013 Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, which is a place where kids with cancer can be kids again, play outside and have fun like any healthy kid.
In 2012: A $3,000 grant was given to City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient & Family Resource Center to help Leukemia patients through pain & palliative care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, spiritual care chaplains, healing arts workshops, social workers, spiritual care chaplains, healing arts workshops, peer support groups, health information, complementary medicine, nutrition education, etc.
In 2011: With the help of another amazing non-profit organization called “Challenged America”, our non-profit fiscal sponsor, we were able to have another special fundraising event held on 10/10/10 in Abdi’s memory and raised enough money to donate $10,010 to the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, which provides comprehensive treatment and research for children and their families who are fighting cancer or a serious blood disorder. They provide psychological testing, late effects follow up, and counseling to assist children facing school and social issues as a result of fighting a life threatening disease. We also helped register more amazing people in the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.
Grants Over the Years: In 2009/2010 we sponsored twin girls suffering from leukemia in the 24th Annual Champions Run for Life as well as sponsored “A Day in the Playroom” for one week in the pediatric hematology-oncology unit, which benefited the Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach: They provide comprehensive treatment and research for children and their families who are fighting cancer or a serious blood disorder. In 2007/2008, we organized a bone marrow drive in partnership with City of Hope and the National Marrow Donor Program. In 2006, we sent a grant to the City of Hope Clinical Social Work Dept to help alleviate financial pressures on leukemia patients’ families in need. In 2005, we made a contribution to the “Make-A-Wish Foundation”, as well as to “Challenged America”, that provides wheelchairs, etc. to kids with disabilities. In 2004, we sent kids with leukemia/brain tumor/cancer, with their families, to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
About the Fund
Abdullah “Abdi” Towfigh’s journey started on July 9, 1973, when he was born to Iranian parents traveling in Akron, Ohio. He was a fun-loving, energetic and kind-hearted human being who enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a loyal friend and a unique, bright and courageous individual whose personality exuded love and excitement.
After the 1979 Iran Revolution, the Towfigh family immigrated to France and then to the United States in 1980. Abdi lived in America until his sudden, early death on Oct. 10, 2003, from leukemia. He was only 30 years old.
Abdi attended UCLA as an undergraduate student and went on to earn a law degree from USC Law School. In 1999, he began his legal career with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Los Angeles.
Abdi had a closely-knit circle of friends who were incredibly supportive. A former colleague’s eloquent words embody the degree of appreciation and respect those closest to him feel:
“I met Abdi Towfigh as his client and he [soon] became a friend. He was one of those rare individuals who seemed to operate quite effortlessly at a spiritual level that I continue to aspire to in my life. As a member of the Paul Hastings team, he personified all of the positive attributes expected from someone working at such a major legal concern: strong, fit, handsome, confident, articulate, intelligent, effective and distinctive. But what most impressed me were those qualities so rarely found in such a naturally gifted human being: warmth, concern, humility, kindness, consideration, appreciation and respect. At 30, he was engaged in a promising career and so very full of life. And then, just a few weeks after he suddenly fell ill and took a medical leave of absence, he was gone — a victim of the ravages of leukemia.”
With help from Abdi’s former firm, Paul Hastings, the Towfigh family in 2003 created the Abdi Towfigh Fund to Fight Leukemia in his memory. Fund proceeds provide hope and help to children and others who suffer from this dreadful illness.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Abdi Towfigh Fund to Fight Leukemia. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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