We hope that you had a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend, whether having a barbecue with family and friends, or driving out to spend a day at one of our beautiful lakes, or walking on a Nature Trail…or trying out your backyard pool. It felt to us like we were coming out of ‘hibernation’ as we joined a few close friends to Celebrate our 30th Anniversary and 30 years since Jack’s cancer diagnosis.
And, like so many others, to ‘Remember’ family and friends that have lost their battle with Cancer or COVID. We are currently working on our Fall/Winter Calendar with both virtual and in-person programs, and updates on my book: Living with Cancer, a CareGivers Journey™’
If you would like to share your own cancer story or COVID Survival story, we would love to hear from you. Share Your Story
And, if you need help or just want to ‘chat’, we are ‘here’ for you.
Be Safe, Have Fun, and keep in touch!
Barbara and Jack
We Will Survive™!
We look back on the ‘year that was’ and feel grateful that we did ‘Survive’ and are still Surviving. Not without pain, fear, loss, loneliness but also with new knowledge, understanding and awe. We saw advances in the research and treatment of COVID and also in cancer. We also learned that through collaboration and dedication, so much more can be accomplished. For cancer patients and caregivers, we had to be even more vigilant to stay strong and safe. We are very fortunate to have the scientists, medical staff, healthcare professionals and all of the 1st Responders who have been there for us. We now have better ‘tools’ for treating this devastating Virus and Vaccines that will save lives, jobs, and help us return to a new ‘normal’.
We have heard from many of you that you are concerned about getting the vaccine. Some of you are choosing to ‘wait’. It is your choice. But, we hope that you will look at the links on our website with the latest facts and information from leading scientific resources. Jack and I have had our 1st shot and will have the 2nd one this week. We have had no negative effects and are still remaining careful. We feel that it is the right decision for us and one that makes us feel less anxious. We recently had the opportunity to appear on aztv about Cancer and COVID. https://youtu.be/AGje6RcJWSc
We appreciated this opportunity to share our own experience and advice with other cancer patients and families. Before you make any decision, be sure to talk to your doctor. And, remember that regardless of the vaccine, you need to continue a healthy lifestyle: eat right. get your sleep, get outdoors if possible, and communicate with friends and family even if it is only virtually. A reminder to all of the caregivers out there:’If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of someone else’. And, we are always available by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns.
Warm Regards, Barbara and Jack
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The Cancer Caregivers AZ ™ Mission:
Our Mission is to Promote Collaboration, Build Awareness, Provide Education and Resources that Build Caregivers Skills and Advocate for Improved Treatment and Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, their Families, and All Cancer Caregivers.
CARE Act Extended for 2021
‘You can still help cancer patients and caregivers by donating ‘now’ for 2021. Your donation of $300 per person or $600 per couple is available. We need your help more than ever as we continue our free cancer education and resource services ‘virtually’. You can contact us by phone.
Thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – passed by Congress this spring – each family in the US is eligible for a one-time $300 charitable tax deduction.
Here’s how it works. If you give $300 this year to a qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit like Arizona Myeloma Network, AzMN, you can claim it as a deduction, even if you (like most American families) take the standard deduction.
For donors who itemize their deductions, the CARES Act temporarily lifts the deduction cap of annual gross income (AGI) to qualified charities like AzMN from 60% to 100%. This means that in some situations, you could actually pay zero income tax for the year.
P.S. Please note that we are not attorneys or financial planners. It is important to consult a trusted professional about all decisions related to taxes.
Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization EIN 32-0169742
Events in 2021
Spring Events TBA
Virtual Family Caregiver Day
Barbara and Jutta Ulrich from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition appearing on the Morning Mix, aztv
AZ Myeloma Network was on aztv talking about why it is important for cancer patients to get a COVID vaccine!
Fall 2021 Book Release
“Living with Cancer, a
A book for cancer patients, cancer caregivers, families and Healthcare professionals
By Barbara Kavanagh, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., cancer caregiver with her husband, Jack Kavanagh, a 30 year cancer survivor.
We are proud and grateful for the amazing guest authors, including leading cancer researchers and
specialists, information on early diagnosis, new treatments, 2nd opinions, cancer patients/caregiver stories, and other important topics.
Events in 2020
Nov 14th – 21st
AZ Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week!
Congresswoman Lesko Weekly Update
Monica from our office presented a Congressional Recognition to Barbara Baroff Kavanagh, the founder and CEO of the Arizona Myeloma Network, a non-profit that helps patients with Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Barbara Baroff Kavanagh founded the organization in 2004 to educate and raise awareness for the disease and advocate for Myeloma patients and all cancer caregivers. Her husband is now a 30 year myeloma survivor.
Thank you everyone for participating and supporting our 1st Annual Virtual Cancer Caregivers Awareness Race! You can still purchase our official ‘We Will Survive 2020’ tee shirt or donate online. Stay Well and Safe!
Thank you to our sponsors: Arizona Myeloma Network, Diamondbacks, Coyotes, Los Sombreros, BHHS Legacy, Blondie Wolfe, Dr. Z’s Racing, Medicare Access Network of Arizona, Navajo Nation, PhRMA, Azbio, Hornaday Development, Life Around The Lakes Magazine, aztv, The Myeloma Support Group of Phoenix, The Joint Chiropractic at Arrowhead Ranch
You can still purchase our Collectible ‘We Will Survive™2020 tee shirtb. Every $ counts!