Optimum’s chosen charity: Ariana Smiles

In October, at our 15th Annual Healthcare Investor Conference, we announced our chosen charity for the year, Ariana Smiles.

Ariana Smiles is a Special Named Fund at the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, raising funds for research into precision oncology medicine for children with leukaemia.

Stephanie Seales Gabbitas and her husband Chris set up Ariana Smiles following their daughter Ariana’s diagnosis with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in November 2020, with the aim of increasing awareness of current paediatric cancer protocols, and encouraging research into kinder, less toxic treatments and increased funding. Despite her diagnosis, Ariana continued to smile her way through treatment and successfully reached the end of her treatment in March 2023.

We had the pleasure of hearing Stephanie speak at our 15th Annual Healthcare Investor Conference in October and again, as a guest on our Optimum Perspectives Podcast. Hear Stephanie share her emotional story and her mission to improve the lives of children diagnosed with Leukaemia on our Christmas charity podcast special below:

If you can, please join us in donating to this lifechanging charity here.