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April 1, 2013 Nonprofit notebook

Edible Arrangements' Farids donate $100,000 to Yale

The Farid Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by brothers Tariq and Kamran Farid, founders of Edible Arrangements in Wallingford, has donated $100,000 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.

Irish Night Raises $9,000

United Services' 12th annual Irish Night, held recently at The Inn at Woodstock Hill, raised $9,000 to benefit the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, which offers peer support, and bereavement and parenting counseling, to grandparents raising their grandchildren due to unforeseen circumstances.

The event, which is the major funding source for the Support Group, drew a nearly sold-out crowd to the Inn for live Irish and folk music by Howard Drescher.

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