As a teen, Fred lost Shiri, one of his dearest friends, to cancer before she could even attend her prom. Following Shiri’s death, Fred created the Shiri Foundation to raise funds for research into the causes of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. He also developed programs that support teens living with cancer and keeping them from missing out on typical teen experiences.
Fred’s signature effort was to create proms for teens who, like Shiri, might otherwise not make it to their own proms. He expanded the program to a national nonprofit now known as No Worries Now.