In the heart of Atlanta, a city known for its vibrant community spirit, there exists a beacon of hope for families facing pediatric illnesses—the Ian’s Friend Foundation. Founded by Atlanta locals Phil and Cheryl Yagoda, this remarkable charity has become a testament to the power of compassion, resilience, and the unwavering support that can emerge from the grassroots of a caring community.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at the Intercontinental Buckhead will be one of the most philanthropic and heartfelt events in Buckhead – Ian’s Friends Foundation’s annual gala. The “Evening of Inspiration” is not just an event; it’s a celebration of resilience, kindness, and the power of collective goodwill. This gala will bring together Atlanta’s most compassionate individuals, philanthropists, and community leaders for a night dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children facing medical challenges. The event will feature the foundation’s East Coast chairs Jenny Reiner and Jaime Spizman with all funds raised benefiting pediatric brain tumor research.
Over the past decade, Ian’s Friend Foundation has grown exponentially, touching the lives of countless families in the Atlanta area. The foundation’s commitment to kindness, resilience, and community engagement has garnered widespread support and recognition.
Ian’s Friends Foundation was founded by Cheryl and Phil Yagoda following their then two-year-old son Ian’s inoperable brain tumor diagnosis. The heartbreaking diagnosis led the family to seek out the best treatments for their son but quickly realized that the research behind pediatric brain tumors was lacking. IFF was created soon after to bridge the gap between research institutions and lack of federal funding dedicated to that research.