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Fox's Pizza planning benefit for Scottdale native

| Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Jim Faris, with wife Jennifer, continues his battle with leukemia, the disease with which he was diagnosed in 2011.

Fox's Pizza Den is taking up the cause for Scottdale native Jim Faris.

Faris was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in September 2011. Treatments for such can be costly and insurance only picks up some of the tab.

The business, located on 145 Pittsburgh St., will donate 20 percent of what is earned from 3-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to Faris.

All customers have to do is mention “Jim Faris” or bring in a flier concerning the fundraiser. The fliers can be picked up at Fox's or from Faris family members,

Jennifer Olack, who owns Fox's with her brother Jason Vies, said she has known members of the Faris family for a number of years.

“His aunt, Linda Scardina, approached me about doing a fundraiser,” Olack explained. “When anyone calls in and they say it's for the Faris family on those two days, at the end of the day we will give (the Faris family) 20 percent of the sale.”

Faris, 42, currently lives in Greensburg with his wife Jennifer and their two sons Jack, 11, and Jude, 4.

AML is a cancer of the bone marrow and the blood that progresses quickly without treatment. It affects mostly cells that aren't developed. These cells can't carry out their normal functions.

Faris has gone through extreme chemotherapy, and in 2012, a stem cell transplant. Due to treatments he has not worked since he was diagnosed.

Faris relapsed in June. His sister Kathy Faris said he is expected to undergo a second stem cell transplant in either January or February at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center in Baltimore.

Expenses for this are costly, plus Faris must remain in hospital housing for two months.

The recent “Rocking For a Cure” fundraiser at the Everson VFW saw all proceeds go to Faris.

“Everybody had a good time,” said Kathy Faris, adding that the evening went well. “They made their goal. There was a lot of people there.”

All of the food was donated by Carson's Premier Catering, and the event included a Chinese auction and gift basket raffles.

“It's overwhelming,” said Kathy Faris of the support for her brother from the community. “It's a small community where everybody gets together and helps one of their own. It's nice to come from a town like that. You realize how much people care. They want to help someone they grew up with. The family is so appreciative of everybody and everything. It's very helpful.”

Olack echoed those sentiments.

“This is the first one we've ever done, and we're just hoping the community supports him like they have in the past. The Scottdale community is amazing. It seems like they know what's going on. It's amazing, it really is.”

Olack said Fox's also will be taking donations those two days.

“All checks will be made out to Jim Faris ... for whatever they need,” Olack said.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or