Chai for Cancer USA aims to bring awareness about the needs of cancer survivors and raise funds for their support. Chai for Cancer USA is a fun way for supporters all across the United States to get involved by volunteering to host a party that benefits people living with cancer in India.
Through Chai for Cancer, you will be raising funds to support diagnostic testing, which is one of the greatest needs of Friends of Max, the support group arm of The Max Foundation in India. At $50 (3,000 Rupees) per test, required 4 times a year, this is an impossible expense for most patients and their families. Your donation to Chai for Cancer USA ensures patients receive the right treatment at the right time.
If you would like to donate to a Chai for Cancer USA adda, please find your host’s fundraiser.
What started as a fundraising event in India has crossed the sea to the USA and created advocates out of friends and family. Read the history and details of Chai for Cancer USA below.
Chai for Cancer USA is an exciting initiative of The Max Foundation designed to engage our community in increasing global access to treatment, care and support for people living with cancer. Through Chai for Cancer USA, we aim to raise awareness about the needs of cancer survivors while raising funds for their support.
Chai for Cancer USA is a fun way for supporters across the country to get involved by volunteering to host a party that benefits people living with cancer in India.
The Max Foundation is replicating the very successful fundraising model we launched in India in 2014 known as Chai for Cancer, led by Viji Venkatesh, Region Head for South Asia.
In India, chai addas (tea parties) are gatherings where friends and neighbors come together to drink tea and socialize. With Chai for Cancer, Friends of Max leaders and volunteers in India hosted chai addas in their homes with tea provided by a local sponsor. Instead of paying for tea, guests donated funds to benefit our work in the country. Chai for Cancer proved to be a very fun, uplifting and bonding community experience. Chai for Cancer has now become an annual event in India.
The core of our efforts are dedicated to providing access to treatment and diagnostics for people facing cancer in low resource countries as well as working with survivors to establish patient organizations.
The partnership between The Max Foundation and these community leaders represents an impactful long term contribution to local communities, developing and implementing educational resources, providing a safe environment for people diagnosed with cancer in communities with great stigma, and building the seed for local advocacy efforts towards having the needs of people living with cancer recognized.
Last year alone, our partnerships with patient leaders and country specific organizations resulted in 87 disease education and awareness events with participation of more than 10,000 individuals, including 1,000 volunteers, providing art therapy, drama therapy, monthly support group meetings, advocacy actions and awareness campaigns.
Friends of Max, a registered Trust in India, serves as the patient support arm of The Max Foundation. Friends of Max is a longstanding partnership between The Max Foundation and patient leaders across the country which brings together the largest known group of people in the world living with two rare cancers, chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).
With one of the largest populations in the world, many in India today lack access to basic healthcare, let alone treatment for cancer. In 2009 we established a Liaison Office of The Max Foundation, based in Mumbai, and today the country represents the largest patient population we serve. Through our sponsored programs we currently support close to 19,000 families whose loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, facilitating access to treatment and diagnostics, as well as providing support services.
Your donation through Chai for Cancer USA supports the greatest need for our patients: gateway diagnostic testing. In the era of great advances in cancer treatment, where therapies are tailored to specific molecular targets, lack of access to diagnostics has in fact widened the cancer divide, leaving those who cannot afford the tests unable to benefit from the new therapies. While we work directly with companies to secure access to medicines, providing relatively inexpensive diagnostics is the intervention that allows the patient to receive the right medicine at the right time, thus providing the opportunity to the donor to have the greatest impact in the life of a patient.
All contributions collected at chai addas benefit The Max Foundation (themaxfoundation.org), a US registered non-profit 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Our Tax ID number is 91-1893957.
Volunteering is simple: let us know that you want to host a chai adda (tea party). We will send you a Chai for Cancer kit, including tea from Choice Organic Teas, and you invite your friends and neighbors. If you would like to host a chai adda to support The Max Foundation, please complete the form above or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 425-778-8660.
The Max Foundation is grateful to continue our partnership with Choice Organic Teas for a second year as sponsors for the 2016 Chai for Cancer USA initiative. The local Seattle company is generously donating their Chai spiced tea for all of the chai addas being hosted around the country.