In loving memory of our beloved Michael, a trust is being established for Wali’s education and you can contribute to it through this GoFundMe page. Education was so deeply important to Michael - as a son of educators, a proud graduate of UC Berkeley, a lawyer with an LLM from Georgetown - we want to help ensure that Wali’s future is as limitless as Michael’s imagination and his belief in education’s ability to change the world.
Michael had such a profound and powerful influence on everyone he touched during his journey. All of us lucky enough to know him were inspired by his intellect and made stronger and better through his love and his friendship. He brought us so much joy. Through his battle with cancer, he showed us a deep reservoir of strength and perseverance. It was his quiet dedication and grace that helped all of us who were standing with him.
And in his marriage to Sahar, he found the perfect partner. A brilliant woman who lifted him up, who made him the best version of himself, who knew him so deeply. And a woman whom we all owe so much to during these past few years. She has brought all of us so much strength and courage and love through treatment after treatment. Her love inspired all of us and I know Michael drew so much of his strength from her and their son, Wali. Michael was overjoyed to become a father and I don’t know if I have ever seen him laugh harder, or smile with more pride, or open his heart more than when I saw him with his little Wali.