In this episode, Barbara Kavanagh, CEO and Founder of the Arizona Myeloma Network (AZMN), shares stories about her upbringing, volunteerism, and role as a cancer caregiver to her husband, Jack Kavanagh, a multiple myeloma survivor. She talks about her life as a Jewish woman and social worker, her exposure to segregation and the civil rights movement, her experiences moving abroad and starting volunteer programs in other countries and with the Navajo, and her life’s work as a consultant, author, and founder of a grassroots nonprofit cancer organization.


Our new program has launched, please visit cancercaregiversofamerica.com for more details.

We have a special promotion for the month of October. Use code AZMN2023 receive a free 1 year subscription to our new program.

Silent Auction Now: Sponsored by Arrowhead Country Club, Glendale, AZ 
from June 2nd to June 16th

You can visit in person or online and Bid on Father’s Day gifts and/or gifts for ‘all seasons’! They will be mailed to wherever you live or work. If you are ‘local’, you are welcome to visit the Club in person or go online at: https://bid123.io/AZMyeloma 

Op-ed: Stop Picking Winners and Losers When it Comes to Health care

The AzMN and MMRF Joint Conference for Myeloma patients and All Cancer Patients and Cancer Caregivers was held on Saturday, March 25th. We have the entire event available and can be viewed online. (registration required)

Barbara and Jack on aztv Nov 8th

The State of Arizona declares

“Cancer Caregivers
Awareness Week”

November 11th-18th, 2022

We invite cancer patients, families, friends, and neighbors to ‘thank’ a ‘cancer caregiver’ November 11th-18th. And, Honor and Remember our Veterans too.

Voice of the Patient – AZBio Sept 30
Life Experience Spotlight: Jack & Barbara Kavanagh

‘Good News for Medicare participants! Our Partner, Catherine Cable at Medi Aides/Blue Cross-Blue Shield has announced a new Medicare Supplement, Plan G.

You need to apply before August 31st . Click on the link below to see if you quality. If you need further assistance, contact Catherine at: mediaides@aol.com

Thank You to our Sponsors for your support and generous donations!

If you are interested in a potential sponsorship & would like more information, please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

admin@azmyelomanetwork.org or 623-466-6246

Barbara Kavanagh

Spirit of Hope Award Nominee

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Barbara Kavanagh as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2022 MMRF Team for Cures: Scottsdale 5K Walk/Run.

This award is presented at every 5K Walk/Run to a patient, caregiver, or family who inspires hope through their resilience, perseverance, and dedication to the MMRF and its mission.

OCCEP How you can Help

It’s a New Year- Join our Team!

Introducing the Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program, OCCEP™

Special Thanks to our Sponsors, Grantors, and Donors for 2022-2023. There is still ‘Room’ for your Logo/Name!

Contact: Barbara Kavanagh:
barbarak@azmyelomanetwork.org    ph.623 466 6246

Thank you to the sponsors from the 3rd Annual November 18th Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week Celebration at Los Sombreros Restaurant!

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Barbara on aztv's Arizona Daily Mix with Brad Perry

Barbara was on AZTV Channel 7’s Arizona Daily Mix show on March 16th to talk about the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Spirit of Hope Award and the Importance of Working Together on behalf of All Cancer Patients, Caregivers, and Families.

Barbara Kavanagh, Founder and CEO of the Arizona Myeloma Network and creator of the Cancer Caregivers Education Program, and their new Virtual Cancer Caregivers Education Program is receiving the prestigious Spirit of Hope award from a major cancer research organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, MMRF, which is holding its 1st Walk/Race event in Arizona to honor Barbara and her team, and also the thousands of myeloma patients and families and the outstanding researchers, clinicians, and healthcare professionals who are working in Arizona to find the Cure! You can help!

Our Deepest Thanks to all of you who took the time to write a review for us for Great NonProfits. We not only made our ‘quota’ but exceeded it and ‘on time! Jack and I were both touched and inspired by your comments which will help us continue our efforts on behalf of our amazing network of cancer patients, caregivers, families, and dedicated researchers, doctors, and others in the healthcare field.

Help us Celebrate Cancer Caregivers!

3rd Annual Az Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week, November 14-21, 2121

Plan your own Celebration and share your photos and ‘thank you notes’ on our website.
Join our VIP Cancer Caregivers Event at Los Sombreros, Thursday night, November 18th.

The State of Arizona declares

“Cancer Caregivers
Awareness Week”

November 11th-18th, 2022

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

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.

Donate Now

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

AZ Myeloma Network on New Technologies for Cancer Screenings

Virtual AZ Family
Caregiver Day

Why it is important for cancer patients to get a COVID vaccine!

Special thanks to longtime supporter, BHHS Legacy Foundation, for their generous grant for Phase 1 of our new Virtual Cancer Caregivers Educational Programs.

And, It is not too late or too early to make your own 2021 ‘tax-deductible donation under the extended CARE Act.


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,
donations are welcomed.

TGen and HonorHealth Initiate COVID-19
Combination Therapy of Atovaquone and Azithromycin

Established combination seen as safer option for coronavirus therapy; will add data to TGen COVID Immunity Study and virus sequencing efforts

Thank you Tgen and Honor Health for your collaboration on behalf of new treatment for COPID19 which we read about in the AzBio News this week. We are so proud to know you and to be able to share this exciting news with the thousands of cancer patients and caregivers in our AzMN network. You bring great Hope to so many and help us remain strong in these scary and lonely times.

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 caregiver and patient 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,


Many thanks to our sponsors!

THANK YOU Kurt and Los Sombreros for all the support you have shown to us for many years! We invite everyone to please support your local small businesses.

Barbara Kavanagh, Founder and CEO, AzMN®, appearing on Az Daily Mix AZTV7 with Brad Perry.

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


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

Past Events

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

December 17th
‘Strike Out Cancer’, was held December 17th at the Millennium Hotel. AzMN’s Benefit to Honor and Celebrate Cancer Patients and Caregivers.

Special thanks to Derrick Hall and the Diamondbacks foundation for sponsoring this event.

December 7th, 9am-12:30pm
AzMN and Cancer Support Community sponsored a Free Cancer Caregivers Seminar: ’Coping with Cancer for the Holidays’, a program for All Cancer Caregivers and Families. 

November 18th, 7:30am
AzTV appearance on Monday Morning, November 18th.
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November 16-23rd
The 1st Governor’s Proclamation for Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week in the U.S. 

’Be Thankful for your Cancer CareGiver’. November is Caregivers month and November 16th- 23rd is Cancer CareGivers Awareness Week! 

Help support AzMN's free cancer education and advocacy programs through Amazon Smile

When you make purchases online please use our link www.smile.amazon.com and Amazon gives back to AzMN to help us continue our free cancer caregivers’ programs. 

You can also use this free Chrome browser extension Smilematic that will automatically turn your everyday Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile donations. Get it here.