The Hayim (translation: Life) Association was established in 1984.
In 1983, Prof. Rina Zaizov, recipient of the Israel Prize in Medicine, presented an idea of creating an association which will advocate for children with cancer to nine parents of children with cancer. The idea became reality.
The Hayim Association was the first of its kind in Israel. Before the establishment of the association, there was very little awareness to childhood cancer: There were no day-hospitalization departments, and instead children had 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 children in a child-like surrounding.
Since its foundation, 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.