New Year. New Hope. 2020

We wish all of you a healthy and happy New Year and ‘welcome’ to a New Decade with New Hope!  Looking back on 2019, many of us who are ‘Living with Cancer’ are simply grateful that we made it through another year! Living with cancer as a patient and caregiver is often a story of ‘small victories’.

Over the past 28+ years since Jack was diagnosed in 1991, I have been with him at hundreds of doctor’s appointments. I still have that same feeling of anxiety, then relief if he is ‘ok’. then gratitude!  Ending 2019 and beginning a new Decade, we are excited about the advances in cancer research and treatment. And, have great hope that this is the Decade for the Cure! 

We ask that you join us in 2020 by celebrating life and all our ‘small victories’ together!  Make a Difference! Donate now and start the New Year Right! Help us continue 16 years of FREE Cancer Patient and Caregiver Education Programs!


Barbara and Jack Kavanagh

“Strike Out Cancer” Benefit Dinner – December 17, 2019

Our Deepest thanks to the 80 plus friends, colleagues, cancer patients and caregivers who joined together to Celebrate Cancer patients and caregivers and recognize community leaders who have helped us in our efforts to Strike out Cancer. Special thanks to Derrick Hall and the Dbacks Foundation for their generous support!

If you weren’t able to attend our Benefit, you can still join our Team!

Governor Doug Ducey recognizes the importance of Cancer Caregivers!

The State of Arizona declares “Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week” November 16th-23rd, 2019

Distinguished Honorees

Joan Koerber-Walker

Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane

Jim Hornaday

Kurt Riske

Meet Barbara and Jack Kavanagh, founders of Arizona Myeloma Network

Barbara Kavanagh appearing on the Arizona Daily Mix, AZTV, Ch.7, Monday morning, November 18th

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,

2019 Winter Issue of CC Newsletter Guest Column Article featuring Joseph Mikhael, Hematologist, HonorHealth Research Institute Professor, Translational Genomics Research Institute
“The Benefits of Seeking an Expert
Opinion in Myeloma”

2019 Spring Issue of CC Newsletter Guest Column Article featuring Dr. Sumit Madan, Hematologist and Oncologist
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
“Multiple Myeloma: Addressing the Right Questions with Your Oncologist”

Barbara featured in March 2019 Conquer Magazine article

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Save the Date in 2020

Fall 2020 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 28 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.

Nov 16th – 23rd 
Governors Proclamation

AZ Cancer Caregivers Awareness Week!

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

A Successful Year and
End of a Decade: 2019

December 17th
‘Strike Out Cancer’, Tuesday night, December 17th at the Millennium Hotel 6-8:30 pm. AzMN’s Benefit to Honor and Celebrate Cancer Patients and Caregivers.

December 7th, 9am-12:30pm
AzMN and Cancer Support Community, CSCAz invite you to 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! 

Meetings with Legislators to discuss AzMN Cancer Caregivers Programs

Andy Biggs

David Schweikert 

Kyrsten Sinema

AZ Bioscience Week Leading Women:
Biotech & Beyond

(September 30 - October 4, 2019)

Help support AzMN's free cancer education and advocacy programs

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