Flip on Rogers Sportsnet any afternoon and there is a very real chance Faizal Khamisa will give you an update on what’s happening in the world of sports that days. Always styled in a fresh, crisp suit with a hard part in his hair, the 27-year-old is one of the young stars of the Canadian sports network, quickly developing a following and reaching the point that he’s the target of ribbing from Sportsnet stalwarts Tim Micaleff and Sid Seixeiro.
When the veterans are busting on you, that’s when you know you’re doing something right.
In addition to his role at Sportsnet, the Mississauga native is also – as his Twitter bio details – a GIF Creator, Stylistic Ninja and a cancer survivor and Tuesday night, he took to the social media platform to share some of his story and his plans for giving back throughout the month of June.
“I was 16 when I was rushed to the hospital and it was just the most life-changing experience, obviously,” said Khamisa, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 11 years ago, when we spoke on Wednesday afternoon. “When you’re 16, you don’t really think about having to deal with things like this; you think about sports and girls and summer and high school and meeting your friends.
“Being in a hospital surrounded by so many kids – so many people younger than you – you start to appreciate life a little bit more and start to get a little bit of perspective. You have to be as positive as possible for everyone around you too and that’s all I wanted to do while I was there.”
Nine years after his final chemotherapy treatment, Khamisa took to Twitter to announce that throughout the month of June he’ll be collecting donations – monetary or goods – for SickKids in Toronto.
[…] And although his focus is on collection donations to bring to SickKids in Toronto, for obvious, personal reasons, the Sportsnet anchor wants anyone looking to donate to consider reaching out to the Children’s Hospitals in their area also.
“Whatever city you’re in go to the local Children’s Hospital in your area because I assure you they need help as well,” said Khamisa. “I assure you they’re never going to say, ‘No’ to a donation or to a gift or a toy because the amount of kids that go through those doors is staggering and all of them deserve to have some sort of happiness as they go through it. So be it Toronto SickKids or another hospital, I encourage everyone to just go out and give something this month.”
Here’s how you can get in touch with Faizal Khamisa or make a donation:
- Sportsnet’s Faizal Khamisa delivers 100+ Boxes of Toys to SickKids, interviews parents
- Sportsnet Anchor And Cancer Survivor Faizal Khamisa Talks Giving Back To SickKids Hospital
- One Step At A Time | Faizal Khamisa
- Faizal Khamisa: Story of Perseverance and Positive Attitude