The Om Foundation strives to keep Optimistic Om’s spirit alive and bring smiles, positive attitudes, and the power of perseverance to children, especially those dealing with a life-altering illness. We also strive to foster a positive and supportive environment, as well as create, support and encourage programs that provide opportunities for school children to engage in an exemplary positive environment in our school system, which can later be expanded to the county, state, and national level. The Om Foundation also promotes cancer awareness through education about post-diagnosis as well as preventative measures and supports research that focuses on preventing and/or terminating childhood cancer. We will also provide service opportunities to help students get involved in our cause and strengthen our community in coming together to support those in need.
Yashaswi Parikh, a Biological Sciences major in the 3+4 accelerated medical program, is on her way to becoming a pediatrician, with a mission of making a positive difference in the life of children who are going through difficult situations. She and her family established the Om Foundation in memory of her brother Om.
The Om Foundation strives to support programs and initiatives that bring smiles, positive attitudes, and the power of perseverance to school-age children. We also provide financial and other assistance to children fighting cancer, as well as support education and research that help prevent or terminate childhood cancer.
The Om Foundation works with various individuals and organizations in the community, as well as with the Mayor's Office, school district, library, etc. to create an environment that exemplifies positive attitude, kindness and encourages the spread of these attitudes, particularly among young people.