Who We Are


Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation

whose mission is to provide social, emotional and financial support for families managing

the health and well being of a loved one with pediatric cancer. We pride ourselves on

providing practical support directly to families.


OUR STORY

"Your child has cancer." Nothing can prepare you for these devastating words.

At only 18 months old, my daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric cancer. For over 3.5 years we traveled across the United States seeking the best care. During that time, Ava endured more toxic treatments than most adult cancer patients. Due to the extreme nature of her treatments, her teeth slowly disintegrated, her hair was gone and eventually her kidneys failed.

In her final days my family and I watched as her fragile body shut down. She looked at me and said, "Mommy I don't want to feel like this anymore." Two days later she passed away.
At age 5, cancer took Ava from our family, friends and loved ones.

When I lost Ava, I didn't give up hope. I knew my story wasn't unique; all cancer families face the same struggles. That's what inspires me to create hope by providing direct assistance to local families who have children with cancer.

Navigating the hospitals, lending an ear, providing financial assistance; I will do whatever it takes to support these families. They depend on the support provided by Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. It is my personal experience and our passion for going the extra mile that I believe truly differentiates Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children from other non-profits.


Thank you for your support,

President and Founder



Our Team

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Chrisie Funari

President and Founder

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Jennifer Mackay

Vice President

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Sharon Elliasen

Board of Directors

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Monica Graffius

Executive Director (Ofrece asistencia en español)

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Jackie Boss

Program Director & Cancer Concierge

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Cristina Atabala

Volunteer Coordinator

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Meg Dufour, MA, LPC

Director of Events and K9 Therapy Program

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Veronica Graffius

Ava's Tree House Coordinator (Ofrece asistencia en español)

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Stephanie Pham

Development Associate

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Emily Setlock

Community Relations Director

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Leo

Certified Therapy Dog

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AVA'S STORY

Watch the powerful and inspiring story that led to the creation of ACFC

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