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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: Our mission is to promote collaboration, awareness, education and advocacy for improved treatment and quality of life, for multiple myeloma patients, their families and ALL cancer caregivers with special consideration to the underserved.

Results: True stories - Mission Accomplished Dear Barbara, my husband and I attended one of your conferences a few years ago shortly after my sister in Los Angeles had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It was the best thing we could have done. It was very informative and so well organized. We sat with a group of women during lunch whom shared their experiences with multiple myeloma and from them we learned who their doctors were. We passed this information on to my sister; she then made an appointment with one of those doctors (at Mayo) for a consultation. As a result she was more able to make a decision about her treatment. Thanks to you also, she continues to be doing well, feeling well. Just want to let you know we are happy that we attended your conference and wanted to share this with you. Sincerely, Doris March 2016 A new patient, who heard me (Barbara Kavanagh) speak on Fred Taylor's Radio program, never attended a myeloma meeting. He was so excited at the conference to meet other patients and the wonderful faculty. He shared that he had felt very isolated since most people he knew had never heard of myeloma and now felt less anxious and more hopeful. - Larry 2016 Living with Myeloma Conference

Target demographics: educate cancer patients, their families and ALL cancer Caregivers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 150 cancer caregivers and 300 myeloma patients and their families.

Geographic areas served: Arizona and all the funds we raise stay in Arizona.

Programs: Living with Myeloma Conference, Myeloma Scientific Roundtable and multiple Cancer Caregivers Education Programs all year long.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have jus recently joined the AZ Myeloma Network Board, both Barbara and Jack are examples of true “Heroes,” they “live it, breath it.” This organization is part of who they are, never turning any patient and or caregiver away. I am proud to be a part of their journey.

1 Mark147

Board Member

Rating: 5

My mother passed away from Myeloma 20 years ago.

About 6 months ago I met Barbara the founder of AZMN and was instantly drawn to her passion and excitement helping people and families deal with Myeloma.

I was so excited that I starting working and volunteering with them and am now a member of the board.

The work that AZMN does is excellent and a huge benefit to our community.

Don't miss their golf event on November 8th 2014. http://azmngolf.com

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I originally got involved with Arizona Myeloma Network because my father passed away from cancer and my mother is a cancer survivor. As a volunteer, I saw what amazing work they do and what a difference they make in the lives of cancer patients and caregivers by serving as their advocates. I have attended their annual conference for several years and it is an incredible event, free to everyone, something that I have never seen another charity do for those they serve, providing hope and resources. I attended the Navajo Nation conference this year and it was life-changing. By continuing to show up and be consistent for many years, AzMN has developed a relationship with the Navajo people, bringing this underserved and greatly effected population information about cancer to help them be advocates for their own health, to learn that they have options and that there is hope. They also have a wonderful Caregivers Program, helping the families and loved ones of those diagnosed and giving them resources and awareness that they are not alone. AzMN Founder, Barbara Kavanagh, works tirelessly in her efforts to make a difference for cancer patients and caregivers. She has loyal and dedicated volunteers and staff who are also committed to their work, year after year. Arizona Myeloma Network is an amazing organization that is making a huge difference in peoples' lives.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arizona Myeloma Network takes a hands on approach to helping individuals, particularly those in underserved areas, understand and treat their myeloma diagnoses. The organization is led by its founder and chairman, Barbara Kavanaugh, who works tirelessly to help those afflicted by myeloma and other cancers. The organization has developed and implemented several excellent programs to assist myeloma sufferers and caregivers, including its annual Arizona Myeloma Conference and caregivers seminars. Due to the organization's great efforts, myeloma sufferers and their loved ones have a valued resource and advocate to assist them in their fight with this terrible disease.

1 Jim H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN) is a relatively young non-profit organization that is making a bigger difference in the community every year. Besides addressing the needs of myeloma patients, which is a relatively small segment of cancer patients in general, AzMN provides valuable assistance to caregivers and underserved populations in Arizona, particularly Native Americans. Essentially, AzMN helps those who are often looked over.

The annual Navajo Nation Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Conference at Ft. Defiance has helped this important community by bringing knowledge and care to a population that has not enjoyed the same access to resources found in the greater metropolitan areas of Arizona. There is a genuine sense of compassion shared by physicians, researchers, and caregivers at this growing conference presented by AzMN. As the scope of the Ft. Defiance conference encompasses all cancers, not just myeloma, the needs of patients in this community are more specifically addressed, and as a result, the effectiveness of this conference increases each year.

The flagship event of AzMN is the Annual Living With Myeloma Conference, typically held in the spring each year in Scottsdale, AZ. There is no other event like it in the region. Myeloma patients and caregivers get direct access to leading physicians and researchers from organizations such as Mayo Clinic, TGen, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Arizona Cancer Center, and MD Anderson. This conference gives hope to those affected by myeloma, providing information on the latest treatments and methods for improving quality of life.

AzMN also presents a 5k “fun”-raising run in the spring, and an excellent, well-organized golf tournament in the fall. Both events have a good-natured feel to them and are enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Kudos to the Arizona Myeloma Network, and especially Founder and President Barbara Kavanagh for being a tireless champion of the mission of AzMN!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

AZMN has played a large role in educating Arizonans about myeloma and other forms of cancer. In particular, the organization has been instrumental in helping groups that lack access to medical care treat and understand the various forms of cancer.

1

Board Member

Rating: 4

My name is Kurt Riske and I have been serving on the board of the Arizona Myeloma Network for almost five years. I would like to let you know that is has been a pleasure working with Barbara and Jack over these years. Their dedication not only to this organization but helping others is remarkable. They are a couple of the most caring people that I know. They have built an organization into a reputable non-profit that continues to grow year after year. We can not do this without the help of the community and the grants that we recieve. Our race, golf tournament, and conferences are what keeps our orgainization going in the hope that people will learn more about myeloma. This organization works very hard to help others and I am proud to be a part it.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Arizona Myeloma Network for a few years, but I joined as a board member in 2010. Arizona Myeloma Network provides much needed information to the community it serves, not only for myeloma patients and caregivers, but the community at large. As founder, Barbara Kavanagh discovered, it's hard to find information and help for myeloma patients. She wanted to do something to help others, so they wouldn't have to struggle the way she did. AzMN started out by developing a Living with Myeloma Conference which is now in it's 5th year. The conference brings researchers, patients and doctors together to increase myeloma knowledge. In it's third year, the Race for Hope for all Cancers is an uplifting event that brings hope to myeloma patients and families, but also those with other types of cancer. The Navajo Nation Cancer Awareness Conference brings cancer resources and information to the Navajo people, an underserved segment of the population. AzMN works tirelessly to help others and give back to their community and those with myeloma.