October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, this disease is diagnosed every 29 seconds and every 69 seconds someone dies from breast cancer. Men are not spared by this disease; over 2,000 men will be diagnosed this year and approximately 400 will die. Each year in Arizona about 4,660 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 790 die.

Arizona Oncology Foundation (AOF) is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides a holistic approach to patient care.  AOF offers integrative and supportive services to those whose lives are touched not only by breast cancer, but the many other forms of cancer. While some people may think that cancer is purely a physical disease, patients and their loved ones know that there is so much more to it. The emotional and the psycho-social aspects play a big role, and a big toll. AOF offers patients, their family members and their caregivers a place to go, where they feel supported and can receive many additional integrative services that make the journey of cancer easier. Karin Graham used AOF’s resources while fighting her battle with breast cancer and now volunteers at the center one afternoon a week.  She says this: “What I got from my doctors is a physical healing, what I got from using the resources at the Arizona Oncology Foundation Resource Center as a Breast Cancer Survivor is a whole body healing; physically, emotionally and spiritually”.  When patients de-stress and focus on their whole self; body, mind, and spirit, recovery and quality of life is improved. AOF is dedicated to promoting “Health, Healing and Survivorship” to cancer patients and their families in our community.

Arizona Oncology Foundation has two resource centers and many outreach programs throughout Arizona, including Tucson and Green Valley. Programs and services include Integrative Therapies such as massage, reflexology, lymphedema drainage, and acupuncture; Group Movement such as Yoga, Reiki, Shiatsu, Qi Gong and Dancing Tai JI; Support Groups for all kinds of cancers; Chemotherapy Support; Educational Classes, Nutrition Counseling. Programs and services are available throughout the community where people live, work, and seek their traditional cancer treatment. Last year, AOF provided more than 20,000 services to patients, their family members and their caregivers, allowing nobody to be turned away because of their inability to pay.

With a current bare-bones infrastructure and plans to expand services as needs are indentified, AOF is truly community-based, relying on volunteers, community leaders, and businesses to invest in the much needed services. All programs and services are offered free or at greatly reduced prices than what is normally charged in the community-at-large.  

As part of the 2013 fundraising plan, AOF is proud to announce the Inaugural Tucson Festival of Trees event to be held Friday, Dec. 6 at the Savoy Opera House. Guests who attend will experience an evening of holiday wonderland as they enter through hand carved doors from London’s renowned Savoy Hotel.  While wandering through rows of delightfully decorated trees, guests will have plenty of time for socializing, wassail, hors d’oeuvres and a special Tucson Festival of Trees signature drink. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and groups of 10 are $700. Reservations required.

Make your reservations today, in support of one of the more than 12 million people fighting this disease today.  Individual and corporate sponsorships are also available.  Contact our office at 870-6060 for more information or to reserve your memorial tree in advance.  

For more information, call 870-6060 or visit our website at  www.arizonaoncologyfoundation.org.

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