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ARIZONA MYELOMA NETWORK
June 30, 2011

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!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending all of the events that AzMN presents. There is an unmistakable sense of compassion and connectedness at the conferences and a tremendous amount of fun at the fundraising events. It is readily apparent that the attendees of the conferences leave with a renewed lightness, armed with new knowledge and hope.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funding to carry on their important mission.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I am a board member who has worked at each of the events presented by AzMN.