Chai for Cancer USA

Chai for Cancer USA is an initiative designed to engage our community in increasing global access to treatment, care and support for people living with cancer.

Chai for Cancer USA aims to raise awareness about the needs of cancer survivors and raise funds for their support. In 2015 and 2016, hosts across the United States and in Canada hosted Chai Addas (tea parties) at their homes to raise funds that support our work in partnership with Friends of Max, The Max Foundation’s patient support arm in India.

You can get involved in 2017 by taking the Chai Five Challenge that benefits people living with cancer in India. Take the first step and donate, then finish the final 4 steps of the challenge to help spread the word about Chai for Cancer USA to your network! You can participate virtually or gather with friends and have an adda of your own.

Chai for Cancer USA supports one of the greatest needs of people in India who are facing cancer—diagnostic testing. At $50 (3,000 Rupees) per test, required 4 times a year, this is an impossible expense for most patients and their families. Friends of Max, our patient support arm in India, established a program to help patients in need gain access to diagnostic testing thanks to the generous support of our donors. We have the opportunity to help more patients in need by raising additional funding for this program in 2017. Your support will ensure people in India who are facing cancer get the lifesaving care they require.

Take the Chai Five Challenge!

Ready for a fun and meaningful challenge? Take the Chai Five Challenge and complete all five items by Chai for Cancer Day on May 14th to support people in India who are facing a cancer diagnosis.

1. Donate to Chai for Cancer USA

Donate to support cancer survivors in India! Make a donation online today.

2. Post a #Chaifie

Take a selfie with your cup of chai and share it on your social network with the hashtag #chaifie!

3. Share Some Chai with a Friend

Enjoy a cup of chai with your friends and let them know about The Max Foundation’s efforts in South Asia and beyond. Ask for their support and donation!

4. Ask Your Employer to Match

Many corporations and organizations have matching programs that can double or triple the impact of your donation!

5. Participate in Chai for Cancer Day!

On May 14, share a post on your social media about why you are a supporter of Chai for Cancer USA and tag five friends to join you in the Chai Five Challenge!

Partner Spotlight

Choice Organic Teas is our premier Chai for Cancer USA sponsor. Since 2015, the company has donated all the tea supplies for the Chai for Cancer USA campaign. Their gift of tea makes for a collaboration benefiting everyone involved. Thank you to Choice Organic Teas for supporting our cause!

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.

What is Chai for Cancer USA?

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.

How did Chai for Cancer USA start?

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.

How does The Max Foundation support people living with cancer around the world?

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.

How does The Max Foundation work in India?

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).

Why does Chai for Cancer USA support India specifically?

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.

What does my donation support?

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.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

All contributions collected at chai addas benefit The Max Foundation (, 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.

How can I volunteer?

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 or by phone at 425-778-8660.

Who is sponsoring Chai for Chancer USA?

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.

All contributions collected at Chai Addas benefit The Max Foundation, 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.