Ari’s Cancer Foundation, established in 2012, is run by 12 voluntary committee members and inspired by the life of a vibrant young lady, Ariana, who lost her battle to cancer at the age of 24.
The foundation is affiliated with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, St Luke’s Hospice and Groote Schuur Hospital, and raises funds for Youth Booths (more on this below) and to provide support for families that are fighting cancer or living with cancer. Many of these families have no financial support, medical aid or medical insurance schemes to cover the high expense of cancer treatment.
In September 2014 Ari’s Cancer Foundation pledged to help the Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer in South Africa. AYAs are defined as those who are aged between 15 and 39 years old.
The Youth Booth is a comfortable workspace and recreational area for young adults to relax and be entertained in while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the hospital. This eliminates all the negative energy and helps them be a normal teenager once again.
Our first Youth Booth was installed at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital in August 2015, with the second edition installed at Groote Schuur Hospital in June 2016. We are currently in the process of raising funds for the third edition that will be homed at Tygerberg Hospital.
For more information about Ari's Cancer Foundation visit http://www.ariscancerfoundation.org/