We Will Survive™!

Dear Friends:

As the year 2020 is drawing to a close, we can feel a sense of Relief and Hope. COVID has touched all of us, young and old, from every  part of our Country. We  are grateful to 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’. I want to especially thank and honor All Cancer Caregivers, We are also ‘1st Responders’. We have taken on even more roles and tasks to keep our loved ones healthy and safe.

Cancer doesn’t take a ‘Holiday’ or ‘time out’ for COVID. Unfortunately, many cancer patients have not been able to continue their treatment, or are being diagnosed ‘late’. The isolation and fear have also had a serious effect on our mental health. As Caregivers, we need to remember to take better care of ourselves. As we know, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of someone else!

Special thanks to the Governor for his Proclamation of our 2nd Annual Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week, November 14-21. A reminder of the important role of caregivers as part of the treatment team.

And, we are grateful to all of you who participated in our 1
st Annual Virtual Cancer Caregivers Fun Race/Walk, November 21- December 21. It was a way that we could each do ‘something’ for others who can’t do it alone. Your feedback and photos were great fun. We were  happy to hear from you that taking a walk, run or hike- alone or with your family and friends, has been a great way to get fresh air and improve your mood. (our photo gallery will be on the website January 11th).

We need your help Now to help Cancer Survivors and Cancer Caregivers in 2021!

With your support, we will be able to bring new Virtual educational programs and resources to cancer patients and caregivers at home, in the workplace, and in the community. There is still time to make a ‘year-end tax-deductible donation. Or, Make an early donation for 2021.

You can also order our Special ‘We Will Survive™ 2020 tee shirt with the Racing Bib. Our tee shirt comes in sizes for the whole family and is the right gift for every occasion! 

Best wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Barbara and Jack, Celebrating  29 and a half years as a Cancer Survivor

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.

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.

It was an exciting evening for Barbara Kavanagh and AzMN’s  Cancer Caregivers  Programs. She accepted  the Congressional Recognition Award for her dedication to all cancer patients and caregiver services.

It was awarded in a small, outdoor ceremony by Staff member,Monica Yelin, on behalf of Congresswoman Debbie Lesko. A great way for us to begin our Virtual Walk/Race Family Fun Event. Register Now and the Event concludes on December 21st

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Thank you to the Governor for recognizing the  importance of Cancer Caregivers who are also ‘First Responders’ during the Covid crisis.

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

Save the Date in 2020

Nov 14th – 21st
Governor’s Proclamation

AZ Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week!

Nov 21st – Dec 21st 1st Annual Virtual Cancer Caregivers Awareness Race

Spring 2021 Book Release

“Living with Cancer, a
CareGivers Journey©”

A guide for cancer patients, families and
Healthcare professionals

By Barbara Kavanagh, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., cancer caregiver with her husband, Jack Kavanagh, a 29 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, and other important topics.

The Honor Wall 
The Honor Wall gives people the opportunity to donate $150 in honor of a loved one or just ‘donate’ even if you do not wish to write a tribute. $25, $50, $100, or any amount.
Make Donation/Tribute

Cancer Caregivers Conference

“Youth are Cancer Caregivers Too!”
Content designed with the whole family of caregivers in mind.

Date: Sat, Oct 20, 2018
Time: 9 am – 1 pm (buffet continental breakfast & box lunch provided)
Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Scottsdale
4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Past Activities & Events

DateActivity TypeActivity / Event
October 20, 2018Cancer Caregiver ConferenceFall Cancer Caregivers Conference
Aug 31, 2018“FUN”draisingDoglicious Hot Dogs
Apr 28, 2018Cancer Caregiver ConferenceHelping a loved one with cancer deal with side effects.
Jan 20, 2018Golf FundraiserOut Drive Cancer Charity Golf Classic At Stone Creek Golf Club, Phoenix
Mar 24, 2018Cancer Caregiver ConferenceHow to identify and manage stress
Dec 2, 2017Cancer Caregiver ConferenceCancer Caregiving is a Family Affair”
Sep 30, 2017Cancer Caregiver ConferenceHelping the Cancer Caregiver in the Workplace
Jun 3, 2017Cancer Caregiver Conferencecommunication strategies to help you, help the cancer patient
Mar 18, 2017Cancer Caregiver ConferenceHow to help the patient with Breakthrough Cancer Pain
Feb 11, 2017Cancer Caregiver ConferenceHealthy relationships lead to a healthier you.
Dec 3, 2016Cancer Caregiver ConferenceEase & Relieve Holiday stress
Oct 15, 2016Golf FundraiserOut Drive Cancer Charity Golf Classic At McCormick Ranch, Phoenix
Sep 17, 2016Cancer Caregiver ConferenceHow to survive as a Cancer Caregiver
Jun 18, 2016Cancer Caregiver ConferenceSelf care isn't Self-Ish - its required for your own wellbeing
Apr 23, 2016Cancer Caregiver ConferenceCommunication skills to get what YOU need
Feb 20, 2016Cancer Caregiver ConferenceNavigating the Healthcare System
Dec 5, 2015Cancer Caregiver ConferenceIt's essential! Treat yourself to "Me Time".
Nov 14, 2015Golf FundraiserOut Drive Cancer Charity Golf Classic At McCormick Ranch, Phoenix
Apr 18, 2015Cancer Caregiver ConferenceUnderstanding your new Role as Cancer Caregiver
Feb 18, 2015Cancer Caregiver ConferenceCancer Caregiving 101
Jan 31, 2015Cancer Caregiver ConferenceCancer Caregiver Burden - What to expect
Nov 8, 2014Golf FundraiserOut Drive Cancer Charity Golf Classic At McCormick Ranch, Phoenix