For our 1st Annual Virtual Charity 5k Race/Walk in honor of Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week November 14 - 21, 2020.

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.

This years Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week will be November 14th – 21st.

Governor Doug Ducey recognizes the
importance of Cancer Caregivers!

The State of Arizona declares
“Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week”
November 14th-21st, 2020

Barbara Kavanagh appearing on Az Daily Mix AZTV7 – AZTV Channel 7 “LIVE”, November 17th, 2020 to talk about Arizona’s Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week, November 14-21 and the Cancer CareGivers AZ Virtual 5k Fun Run/Walk Family Event, taking place from November 14 thru December 14, 2020.  #WEWILLSURVIVE

This guide shares Barbara’s blogs that were published by AARP Colorado from June 2018 to January 2020.  These blogs describe actual patient stories and shares tips for caregivers.  Also included are a variety of resources for the cancer caregiver.

It is our desire that the items shared within this guide will assist caregivers in discovering strengths within themselves they may not have known they possess, so that they can better meet their caregiving challenges.

We are giving away this guide in PDF format by email to everyone that donates $25 or more. 

Get the Guide

Living with Cancer, a CareGivers Journey®

My writing journey is well underway! The goal of this project is to provide insights and resources that will lead the reader to be a more educated cancer patient and a more effective cancer caregiver.

It has been a 28-year journey that has taken us to 5 countries and 3 U.S. states. Over the years, my husband and I have had to find oncologists wherever we lived.   We have been fortunate that they were willing to communicate and collaborate with top myeloma specialists at the Mayo Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. And, now many years later, they have generously offered to contribute their own knowledge and experience to my book, ‘Living with Cancer, a CareGivers Journey ®.

It is not just the cancer patient who is affected by a cancer diagnosis; it affects the entire family, their circle of friends, those in the patient’s workplace, and beyond. The book will include information and resources for the cancer patients, caregivers, and families, who are such an important part of the cancer team and who are searching for help and hope!

This book will be an invaluable tool for those who have cancer, work with cancer patients, research cancer, educate about cancer and work to bring about improvements in a cancer patient’s quality of life. We are inviting  you, the cancer patient and the caregiver, to share your own story and also take the caregiver survey so that we can educate others who are on this journey as well.  

Best Regards,

Meet the Founders

Honor Wall

Arizona Myeloma Network’s Honor Wall was developed as a way for family and friends to honor and remember their loved ones who have been touched by cancer.

Cancer Caregivers Survey

We welcome your caregiver ‘feedback’ so that we can continue moving forward in making our cancer caregiver programs even more effective both for caregivers as well as the patients they ‘care for’.

Please fill out the caregiver survey . If you don’t choose to answer some of the questions, or wish to add information,that is fine. You can include your name or not.We will collate the responses and share the ‘results’ both on our website and in the Book.

Share Your Story

We invite cancer caregivers/families to send us your story of how you have coped with your loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. And, please offer your own ‘advice’ and suggestions for what others can do to help. All of your stories are important to us, and may be selected for future newsletters, the  Book, and/or on our website. We will not include  your name unless we have your written permission. Maximum words: 600

‘Decade’ of Caregiver Photos

Thank you Cancer Support Community for hosting our annual free Holiday Stress Seminar for all Cancer Caregivers. Pictured above: Debbie DiCarlo, CEO, CSCAZ, Barbara, CEO, AzMN and Jessica Wells, MSW, Ironwood Cancer Center, volunteers , patients & caregivers.

Free Cancer Caregivers Seminar “Coping with Cancer for the Holidays”

December 7, 2019

Seminar Booklet

Fall Cancer Caregivers Conference “Recognizing Young People as Caregivers Too!”

Oct. 20, 2018

Conference Booklet

Spring Cancer Caregivers Conference “An Individual Doesn’t Get Cancer… A Family Does”

March 18, 2018

Seminar Booklet

Meet some of our Cancer Caregivers

Our Current Sponsors

If you would like to help and sponsor our Cancer Caregiver Education Programs provided FREE of charge to cancer patients, caregivers and families, please CONTACT US or Click Here for more information