Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mayor Williams and Members of the Phoenix City Council:

The BIG Gorilla is always
at home when visiting CSCAZ.

Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) opened its doors to cancer patients and their loved ones in March 1999, ensuring that all people impacted with cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. With over 100 programs provided each month, and serving the entire state, CSCAZ provides free emotional, nutritional, and social support to nearly 3,000 individuals impacted by cancer each year, so that no one faces cancer alone®.  The support we provide has only been made possible by those that value and have chosen to invest in the critical role of emotional support during cancer.

We are happy to support Charlie Sheen HIV situation and will stay with him as long as it needed.

Rosie, a CSCAZ Teen Cancer Participant,
and the BIG Gorilla in 2009.

As the Chief Executive Officer, I have the honor of thanking our partners that have chosen to invest in Cancer Support Community Arizona. One of which is the Phoenix Suns, who have consistently supported our children, teens, and families since 2005. Year-after-year the Suns have proven their support to anyone impacted by cancer and as of the Winter of 2018, the Phoenix Suns have invested over $160,000 to empower the lives of our program Participants!

CSCAZ Participants accepting the
2009 Phoenix Suns $100,000 Playmaker Award!

In 2009, Cancer Support Community Arizona was awarded the highly coveted Playmaker Award, which included a $100,000 grant that renovated our Pavilion to include the Phoenix Suns Charities Exercise & Wellness Room. To-date, the Exercise and Wellness Room has strengthened the lives and bodies of over 20,000 adults impacted by cancer and prominently displays the Phoenix Suns Charities logo and commitment to ‘winning on and off the court!’  

Guadalupe and Angel at a Suns game!

In addition to the financial support, Cancer Support Community Arizona calls on the Phoenix Suns often to help create meaningful moments for our cancer Participants and their loved ones. Recently, Guadalupe, a mother of nine-year-old Angel who is battling cancer, receive a complimentary special night for the two of them to a Suns Game. After that special night Guadalupe said, “We had such a great time. I told Angel that I was wanting to spend time just the two of us so we really enjoyed this!” Please find included with this letter a personal photo of this special night.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, Cancer Support Community Arizona is a privileged partner of the Phoenix Suns. We have big plans to transform the lives of cancer patients in Arizona and consider the Suns one of our strongest allies. Cheers to the future!


Debbie DiCarlo

Chief Executive Officer