ARIANA “ARI” JANSEN – Ari to all was a “normal” young lady who had a bubbly personality and loved life. She really lived every moment to the max. In 2008, at the age of 22, Ari was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumour.
By 2010 the tumour had turned cancerous. 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 were very fortunate and blessed by our family and friends who supported us through this difficult 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 dreamed of starting a small charitable foundation that would be a legacy to Ari. A foundation that would raise funds for patients that desperately need support, to make a difference in their lives. So, in 2012, the Ari’s Cancer Foundation was born.