Hayim Association was established in 1984.
In 1983, Professor Rina Zaizov, recipient of the Israel Prize in Medicine, presented an idea to nine perants of children with cancer: Create an association which will advocate for children with cancer. The idea became reality.
Hayim Association was the first of its kind in Israel. Before the establishment of the association, there was very little awareness to pediatric cancer: There were no out-patient departments, and cancer centers were designed for adults. This resulted, for example, in children having to stand up during blood procedures and then return to the regular (adult) wards, where they were subject to different illnesses and infections. In addition, there were no hospital wards which accommodated child-like surrounding.
Since it was founded, the association has been working unremittingly to advance treatment and improve the quality of life of the children and their families. Aid is given to all children without any distinction of race, creed, nationality, or political conviction.