Help Us Make a Hundred Gifts of Life for Estonia's Anniversary!

7-year-old Annabel - currently supported by the foundation

For Estonia's first centennial the Hille Tänavsuu Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation wishes to give a hundred Estonian cancer patients a chance to live a fulfilling life with their loved ones, or even recover. To this end the foundation invites all Estonians living in North America to support cancer patients' fight with their terrible disease.

The Washington Estonian Society is hosting a gala event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia on 17 February 2018 in Arlington, where Mart Sander with his orchestra, and Andrus Vaarik, alias Ivan Orav, will perform. During the event donations will be raised for the Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation and a charity auction will be held. Toivo Tänavsuu, the founder of the foundation, will also be present. 

On 21 February 2018 Andrus Vaarik will perform as Ivan Orav in the New York Estonian House, where it will also be possible to donate to the Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation.

The Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation was founded in 2014, inspired by journalist Hille Tänavsuu's fight with cancer. Now it has grown into one of the largest charities in Estonia. The foundation's purpose is to support cancer patients whose treatment is not covered by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. Over its four years more than 200 Estonians aged five to 83 have been helped by the foundation and more than three million euros have been raised in donations.

39-year-old mother Kristi Natus from Paide - fighting against brain tumour and being supported by the foundation

For instance, in October 2017 the foundation raised 200,000 euros within a single day for 7-year old Annabel's crucial neuroblastoma treatment in the Tallinn Children's Hospital.

The Gift of Life finances modern cancer treatment by giving those in need a gift of hope, another chance, a chance to try better treatment and live longer, or even recover. "Although our primary objective is to treat cancer patients we also treat Estonian society with our activities by promoting charity as a lifestyle. I invite all Estonians living in North America to support their own people's fight with their terrible disease," says Toivo Tänavsuu, the founder of the foundation.

Mr Tänavsuu has been to North America twice before to talk about the foundation and raise donations, visiting, for instance, New York, Florida, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.

How can you make a donation to the Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation?

In North America you can donate via the Washington Estonian Society, which is a 501(c)(3) organisation: 

Washington Estonian Society

5320 Waldo Drive

Alexandria VA 22315

Keyword "The Gift of Life" 

To donate via PayPal, click HERE

For donations made from Estonia (international bank transfer), see details at

You can find plenty of information about the cancer treatment foundation in Estonian, Russian and English at or on foundation's Facebook

Cancer Treatment Foundation's February: A Couple Dozen Gifts of Life and Nearly a Quarter of a Million Euros Raised
Here's a summary of the Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation's activities in February 2018.

In February, more than 232,000 euros was donated to the cancer treatment foundation. The foundation council approved the funding of the treatment of 16 people, six of whom are receiving the foundation's support for the first time.
We also supported many other people whose decision to treat was made earlier. All in all the foundation covered more than 152,000 euros worth of medical bills.
Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation Holds Recognition Event for its Volunteers
On Friday, 2 March, volunteers and major donors of the Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation gathered in the Umami restaurant to celebrate the foundation's 4th anniversary and lives gifted last year.
Cancer Treatment Foundation Flooded with Applications: 18 People Given Hope in Three Weeks
The Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation has come under great pressure at the beginning of 2018.In the last three weeks alone the foundation received a couple of dozen applications – more than we have ever received at once.