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Arizona Myeloma Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: 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. Cancer Caregivers Education Program™ (CCEP®) addresses topics and provides tools and information specific to the needs of ALL cancer caregivers and the loved ones they care for.

Results: True stories - Mission Accomplished ❤❤❤❤❤❤This organization gave me the support and knowledge I needed during one of the harder times in my life!!! Thank you for your support and all you do. ❤ – Mariott 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. We passed information on to my sister; she then made an appointment with one of those doctors (at Mayo) for a consultation. 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

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500 Cancer Caregivers and families caring for a loved one fighting cancer.

Geographic areas served: Arizona and your donations stay in Arizona.

Programs: Cancer Caregiver and Patient interactive seminars/conferences all year long. Our goal is to close the gap between what cancer patients and family know and do and what they should know and do. ALL our programs are delivered FREE to the public because no cancer patient or caregiver should have to pay to learn how to take care of themselves. Support us by donating, attending a seminar and/or participating in the Annual Golf Charity Fundraiser and Race 5k & 1m Run walk/run.

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The arizona Myeloma network puts on necessary educational events open to the public. Drs appointments are getting shorter and shorter and there is less time for important questions to be answered. These events give patients the opportunity to ask questions to expert physicians that they otherwise might not get the chance.
These events also connect patients with patients where they can learn from each other's experiences and knowledge.
The founders of this organization demonstrate compassion & caring to individuals on a personal level.
I believe this organization is credible and true to their mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arizona Myeloma Network has a huge impact on education and support for Myeloma Patients in Arizona. The founder, Barbara Kavanagh works tirelessly as an advocate for patients. She always takes time to personally talk to anyone that needs direction and recommendations. She organizes a wonderful conference every spring bringing the best experts in the field to educate Myeloma patients. It is her passion and her life work; no one could do it better. We feel very lucky to have her in Arizona. She is very supportive of the Phoenix Myeloma Support Group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arizona Myeloma Network is a quality organization, locally founded by a very determined, resourceful woman who is passionate about getting help and information to Myeloma patients in my state. I myself am a Myeloma patient and help facilitate a Myeloma support group that she joined (her husband has Myeloma) and can tell you first hand that she gets things done for patients in our state like no one else. Her organization networks with all the other organizations that help Myeloma patients and she made it her job to get to know all the Myeloma specialists in our area. Her organization was instrumental in bring some of the best doctors in the field to speak to our support group and in so doing opened up a whole new level of care and information to patients in Arizona. The next best thing the organization did was start a yearly Myeloma conference that is free of charge and brings in top quality Myeloma experts as speakers. It is one of the best places to get information for the newly diagnosed patients as well as seasoned ones. People come from all over the state and it fills a very important function of providing a truly quality program close to home. This is a wonderful service, especially for those who aren’t well enough to travel great distances for help and information. This organization has been life enhancing on many levels for Myeloma patients. Thank you AZMN!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have attended several seminars that were produced by AMN. Each one has given me information that I was not finding anywhere else. This information has helped me understand and cope with my myeloma journey, especially during my first year. My plan is to continue attending AMN seminars as long as they are available to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having gone through the initial stresses and impacts of being a cancer caregiver. Not knowing what, how and where to go for resources and support that made sense for me to provide the support for my love one and for myself. The Arizona Myeloma Network open the door for me with the Cancer Caregiver Education Program. The Cancer Caregiver Education Program not only educates you on the key areas a cancer caregivers need to know, i.e., personal support, navigating the health care system, managing pain, financial resources, lifestyle and many other education seminars provided to the public. The Cancer Caregiver Education Program seminars are free to the public.
Participating in the seminars have made the difference in how I approach my cancer surviving love one, my family and my own personal health and wellness.
I highly recommend the Cancer Caregiver Education Program to all cancer patients and cancer caregivers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arizona Myeloma Network lives it's vision and helps people find hope at an uncertain and painful time. Great organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is well run, organized and helps many people across the valley.
Arizona Myeloma Network is inclusive and collaborates well with other support organizations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AZ Myeloma Network does excellent work! They help patients and care givers deal with cancer and staying healthy. They also provide meaningful information on the latest treatments.

Barbara and Jack are amazing people and give of all their time and talent to help in people dealing with these life threating diseases.

Marianne Solsky F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

How lucky I am to have met Barbara Cavanaugh! When I was first diagnosed (and scared) with Multiple Myeloma, I attended an informational meeting with a friend. At this meeting, hosted by the Arizona Myeloma Network, I learned so much about Multiple Myeloma, and I met a wonderful woman, Barbara Cavanaugh. She calmed my nerves and fears.

The programs put on by the Arizona Myeloma Network are outstanding. A wide variety of topics for both patients and caregivers are presented. It is an active organization, and offers amazing programs. How lucky we are to have these programs in Arizona!

Barb44

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has Multiple Myeloma. Arizona Myeloma Network hosts yearly conferences for patients and their caregivers to learn what new treatments are on the market. During these conferences you can speak with doctors who specialize in Multiple Myeloma. You can also speak with other patients and caregivers about their experiences.
Arizona Myeloma Network also hosts Caregiver Workshops. It is very helpful to hear other caregiver experiences and hear from experts on services for patients with cancer.
We look forward to the conference every year. I have gone to the Caregiver workshop and plan to go to another one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago. We were told about the Arizona Myeloma Network by my father-in-law who saw an article about the yearly conference. We have attended the yearly conference three years in a row and each time we learn something new. I have also attended a seminar for care givers and found it to be very helpful. The experts they bring to their conferences and seminars are leaders in this type of cancer. The Arizona Myeloma Network has made a positive difference in our lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a truly great patient advocacy organization. They not only benefit those suffering from myeloma- an incurable blood cancer, but they also produce care giver seminars to support those who support loved ones suffering with any life threatening illness. They have reached out to the most underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged people including those on the Navajo reservation.
Definitely an outstand organization doing very important work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with AZMN for over 10 years, serving on their Board of Directors, as a Scientific Advisor, and now, mostly as a volunteer. I've been steadfast because of Barbara and Jack's dedication and positive impact AZMN on those attending the organization's various functions, especially the cancer caregivers' seminars. I'm proud to be a long-term partner and believe AZMN should be recognized for their contribution to the community. Programs are typically free, so participants can attend many programs without worrying about cost. I hope AZMN continues to receive funding and outside support, which they so deserve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arizona Myeloma Network is a fantastic nonprofit organization. They have provided invaluable assistance to countless cancer patients as well as their families, friends, and loved ones. They assist in helping people locate good medical care and other supportive services that become necessary once a person receives a cancer diagnosis. They truly do welcome people into the "family" of cancer survivors. Their annual conference provides a wealth of the "latest and greatest" advancements in the treatment of multiple myeloma. The caregiver seminars they hold several times a year are invaluable and unequalled in the level of emotional support they provide to all involved in caring for a cancer survivor. Arizona Myeloma Network is definitely a top-notch non-profit organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Barbara and Jack after I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma 6 years ago. They have become like family to me and my family. We have attended the AzMN annual conference for the past 6 years. It is always excellent!!! Outstanding medical professionals present information in a manner that is easy to understand for those of us who are not in the medical field. What a wonderful opportunity it has been to personally meet and visit with doctors from various parts of the country who are top-notch in researching and treating those of us with this incurable form of cancer. I've also attended their excellent Roundtable a few times. Information presented at the Roundtable is of a more technical nature geared more toward medical professionals. It is a fantastic opportunity for medical professionals to earn continuing education units in a very positive environment. The Cancer Caregiver Seminars that AzMN began hosting about 3 years ago have been an amazing source of support for my family members who are my steadfast companions on this journey of cancer survivorship. They have found these seminars to be a great source of strength and a wonderful way to "recharge" themselves in their roles as cancer caregivers. One of the most special aspects of AzMN is the message of hope that is evident at every event. It is very encouraging for me and my family to know we are not alone in this journey with cancer. We now have a wonderful extended family which includes Barbara and Jack along with many wonderful volunteers and others who are also traveling the path of multiple myeloma themselves or with a loved one or friend. Congratulations, Jack, on being a 25-year multiple myeloma survivor! Congratulations, too, to you and Barbara as you celebrate 25 years of marriage! You are both a great source of inspiration to all of us. It is through the efforts of people like you and the collaboration AzMN is fostering among everyone involved in treating multiple myeloma that hopefully in the not-too-distant future, multiple myeloma will become a CURABLE form of cancer. Thank you for all you do to improve the quality of life for so many of us. For anyone considering making a donation, rest assured your contribution is going to a very worthwhile cause. I think you would be hard pressed to find any charity that makes better use of funds in providing a greatly-needed service to many people. When anyone is diagnosed with multiple myeloma, it obviously has a huge impact on family finances. The fact that all AzMN events are provided free of charge to cancer patients along with their family members and friends makes it possible for many people to benefit from these events when they might otherwise not be able to participate. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Barbara and Jack, for founding and energetically continuing this terrific organization!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have Multiple Myeloma cancer ,,,discovered in 2013,,,I live in Prescott, AZ and cancer doctors are few and far between. I was fortunate enough to read an article in the Cave Creek News paper about Barbara and her organization.

I sent Barbara an e-mail describing my situation and Barbara replied immediately and then went to work getting me appts, with the cancer doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. From that time on (2013) I've been totally indebted to Barbara and her organization for my well-being. My cancer has been in remission since 2013 and I lead an active life. I truly feel that Barbara & Co. have been a total life saver for me.

J. William Yanish Prescott, AZ

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This has been such an amazing organization. Love their conferences they are so educational and it's wonderful to be around so many people going through the same Journey.

They offer a caregiver class that is amazing comfort and I'm thankful that there is these type of classes for caregivers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known about the AZ Myeloma Network organization for several years. They are amazing offering support to those going through this cancer to the caregivers walking along side. The conferences are educational and well put on. They want to make sure those who were unable to attend due to their health or prior commandments have the information presented at their conference and the post the presentation on their website. They offer education and refer to resources to help you. Barbara and Jack give back to the community in a special way by helping people become educated and know they are not alone on this journey of cancer. I would give them an A+ and encourage people to donate to this great organization.

Nadine L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im the caregiver for my mom and Arizona Myeloma Network has been a great resource for us both. We were invited to one of the seminars they have and we meet Barbara Kavanagh and many great people involved in caring for families.
I will be volunteering my free time to work and assist others.

Nadine Lollie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended several annual conferences where the attendees were presented with lectures on diagnosis, prognosis, testing, clinical information by experts in this field. Invaluable information was given to caregivers, and patients and healthcare professionals about Multiple Myeloma.

What a great and valuable organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This critically important nonprofit offers hope, support, options, and educational resources to multiple myeloma patients. I can attest that the unknown is the greatest fear for a MM patient and this nonprofit tackles the unknown.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AZ Myeloma Network is the most caring, loving, giving organization I've ever come into contact with. They gave me and my family members an outing filled with happiness, joy, and peace that will never be forgotten. Without question, this organization is the epitome of a great nonprofit agency. The 'strive for excellence' is not only pursued but achieved by the members of the group. Their gifts of love will be remembered, cherished and heralded. AZ Myeloma Network is the consummate nonprofit and I only wish all nonprofits could be as great.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a caregiver, the Myeloma network got us pointed in the right direction in the early days. The network continues to keep us informed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great workshops and conferences ..Learned a lot about Myeloma thru them..