Mission & History
Cancer Support Community Arizona opened its doors to cancer patients and their loved ones in March of 1999. Due to the unique integration of place and program, the physical needs of the Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) are an essential part of the community’s services. Central to the CSCAZ mission is a homelike, nurturing environment that enhances the atmosphere of healing and support. CSCAZ is such a place.
Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
The place is a historic house built in 1908 on Palm Lane in downtown Phoenix. The house is named in honor of Ina Levine, a woman who embodied both the need for compassion and caring for others and the ability to have strength in the face of cancer. The charming home is the foundation of a nurturing environment away from, and unlike that of the hospital, medical offices and clinics we traditionally associate with treating cancer.
The facility sits on a one-acre site which includes the 3,000 square foot historic home to be used for both program meetings and administrative offices, a 1,600 square foot garage that has been converted into group meeting rooms and conference facility (The Pavilion) and, a separate, 2,200 square foot Teen and Family Center. The property includes lush mature landscaping; a healing garden (Greta’s Garden, named in honor of Greta Shipman, one of the founders of this CSCAZ), and a circular driveway lined with palm trees.
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