The Children are the Source of Inspiration for Hayim Association!
Founding Hayim Association in 1984, by parents of children with cancer, has helped tremendously in promoting medical treatment given to children with cancer; anyone familiar with the activity of the association will agree to the above.
The vision of Prof. Renee Zaitzov stemmed from identifying the immediate need of an association to promote the medical treatment given to children since the governmental funds were not sufficient. As time went by, it became necessary to expand the cooperation between patients and the medical staff. The government funds were not enough to invest in the research or expanding it. In addition, the funds were not enough to improve the existing equipment with modern machinery. Three main realms were in need of extra funding; these have become the goals of the association:
- Funding professional positions in the medical range (doctors, nurses, etc.).
- Assisting in financial and social aid for the children and their families.
- Purchasing advanced medical equipment.
It has been 20 years since I started my activity with Hayim Association, and five years ago I became its Chairman. While caring for our son (R.I.P), I was exposed to the activity of the association in the oncology department in the hospitals, and to the importance of funding medical research.
The greatest achievement of Hayim Association is its being an association based on volunteers, both field staff and management staff. As of January 2008, the association runs without a paid Chairman position and among its volunteers one can find the following: Board members, accountant, legal adviser, supervisors and more. Thanks to all the above, the association is considered to be among the top cancer related associations in Israel.
I am proud of the activity of Hayim Association and its achievements. There is no doubt that the creativity of the staff assists and will assist to promote both the professional level of the medical treatment and the well-being of the struggling children and their family members.
As an organization, we are constantly looking to improve, enhance and renew the methods of locating financial resources in order to proceed, assist and promote the treatment for pediatric oncology.
Finally, I would like to wish a good health and a fast recovery to the children in treatment, and to their family members; good luck to the staff and “Yashar Ko’ach” (well done) to all those who volunteer for the sake of the children, regardless of creed, race or sex.
Avshalom (Avshi) Cohen