With the announcement that the Susan G. Komen Arizona office will close next month after 24 years, Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) shares the concern of our local community.  At a time when many in the cancer community are feeling devastated by the loss of the Susan G. Komen Arizona chapter, CSCAZ sends our sympathy, support, and reassurance.

Bill Quigg, a long-time supporter of both Cancer Support Community Arizona and Susan G. Komen Arizona, expressed his experience.

“After my wife’s breast cancer diagnosis, we got involved with Susan G. Komen Arizona and Cancer Support Community Arizona to help others in being screened and who were dealing with the diagnosis.  There is an underserved group who cannot afford screening on their own and the funds we helped raise with Komen paid for those screenings and mobile mammography units.  With both groups, we created personal relationships with people and were able to refer many to Cancer Support Community Arizona for the post-diagnosis social and emotional support we all need.  Since my wife passed, I have continued to be active in both of these life-giving organizations because of the way both have provided the connection and support for people impacted by cancer.”

With 18 years in the Valley, the Cancer Support Community’s Arizona affiliate recognizes that non-profit organizations belong to the community and exist solely to serve the people in the community.  Cancer Support Community Arizona shares the mission of providing assistance to the underserved members of our society and want to assure Arizonans that CSCAZ is committed and honored to offer support to those who are impacted by cancer of any kind, at any stage, and at any age.

The Komen organization will continue to offer national support through a toll-free helpline while those who need more personal and local contacts are welcome to attend our support groups, which are facilitated by licensed, professional mental health providers at no cost to participants.

Cancer Support Community Arizona also holds educational and healthy lifestyle programs, as well as social gatherings to allow patients and families impacted by cancer to share experiences with others who face the same obstacles and can embrace them in a larger community of support.  CSCAZ offers resource and referral options and can help guide someone facing a treatment decision through the process with our Open To OptionsTM program.  Again, all of these resources are provided at no cost to participants.

Cancer Support Community also offers a free Cancer Support Helpline, available toll-free at 1-888-793-9355 or via live chat at http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/chat, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

We extend our sympathies to Susan G. Komen Arizona Board President Jill Bray and Executive Director Christina Mencuccini as this decision was undoubtedly difficult to make.

We assure the community we are also here to help and  invite everyone to visit our website at www.cscaz.org to learn more about how we can help in the harrowing cancer journey.  For more information, please call 602-712-1006 or email, info@cscaz.org.