Former “Top Chef” contestant Fatima Ali revealed in a moving op-ed in Bon Appétit magazine this month that her cancer has returned and she has a year to live.

Ali was diagnosed last year with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. After struggling through surgery and chemotherapy she was able to recover at the start of the year. Back in May, Ali wrote a piece in Bon Appetit’s Healthyish section describing how her whole relationship with food was altered due to this process.

Due to the side effects of chemo, she developed an aversion to food initially but cooking was her comfort. She reconnected with her Pakistani roots and hoped to open a restaurant that celebrated the delicious flavors of Pakistani foods.

Sadly, with the return of her cancer, Ali’s life goals have changed. In a recent piece, she wrote on Bon Appetit, Ali talks about all the restaurants she wants to visit and the people she has to make amends with. She finds herself being brave and taking risks she never would have. Ali’s new perspective on life is a reminder of how precious life is.

The cast of “Top Chef” is raising money to give Ali a chance to live her life to the fullest in the short time she has left. In this difficult time, Ali’s inspiration and friend Padma Lakshmi has reached out to support her.


According to the GoFundMe campaign that was started on Wednesday, the goal is $150,000 so Ali can fulfill her last wishes and whatever she does not use will be donated to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. The description clarifies that 100% of the money will go directly to Ali, and #TeamFati has already raised over $54,400.

With such support from family, friends, and fans Ali is making the most of her last days. Be a part of her journey by donating to her GoFundMe campaign, click here to donate.



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