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Most of us take these three words for granted; but they hold real significance and promise for the thousands of young adults fighting cancer.

Established in 2012, Ari’s Cancer Foundation is run by 12 voluntary committee members and inspired by the life of a vibrant young lady, who lost her battle to cancer at the age of 24. She embraced the ‘live, laugh, love’ philosophy wholeheartedly, and always reminds us that together, we can make a difference.

The foundation is affiliated with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, St Luke’s Hospice and Groote Schuur Hospital, and aspires to raise funds and provide support for families that are fighting against 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 AYA (adolescent and young adults) with cancer in South Africa – and introduced Africa’s first Youth Booth in July 2015, which you can read more about below.

Our belief & vision

To embody the Live, Laugh, Love philosophy. Our belief and vision is that, together, we will Make A Difference.



Partner with us in helping adolescence and young adults fighting cancer to LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE.



Fund our latest project, the ``Youth Booth`` and help provide some level of comfort to young adults undergoing cancer treatments.



Buy one of the foundation wrist bands or bags and help bring awareness to our cause.

Memorial Walk 2016

Meet Ariana Jansen

Ariana Collage 1Ariana (Ari to all) was a “normal” young person who had a bubbly personality and loved life. She really lived every moment to the max but sadly in 2008, at the age of 22, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. By 2010 the tumour had turned cancerous and so from one day to the next, her life and our lives were turned upside down and we were fighting to save her life. She passed away after a courageous battle on 1 May 2011. Her fighting spirit and positive attitude throughout this ordeal made an impact on all that knew her and, even today, many say how much of an inspiration Ariana was to them.

When Ari took ill we as a family were very fortunate and blessed by family and friends who supported us through this time. Whilst they could not take our pain away they supported us in very practical ways. We have become aware that there are many people who often have to face this challenge on their own, not only dealing with the emotional trauma but the financial burden of treatment too. We wanted to start a small charitable foundation that would be a legacy to Ari, and raise funds to making a difference in the lives of others suffering from cancer, and so Ari’s Fund for Cancer was born in 2012.

Why ‘live, laugh, love’? Unbeknown to us, this was the “motto” by which Ari lived. It was only after Ari died and we went through her diary to arrange the memorial service, that we found this phrase all over in her diary.

Our main purpose is to raise awareness that cancer affects all ages as well as highlight some of the challenges young people who suffer from cancer and their families face. We have always looked to make a difference in small, practical ways and to date have used funds for; sponsoring transport for patients being treated at Groote Schuur, donating two Kangaroo chairs to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, donating nutritional supplements to patients at St Luke’s Hospice, among many other things.