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.


"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


Chrisie Funari

President and Founder


Jennifer Mackay

Vice President


Sharon Elliasen

Board of Directors


Jenn Hamilton

Office Manager


Jackie Boss

Program Director & Cancer Concierge


Monica Graffius

Community Outreach Director


Meg Dufour

Director of Events and K9 Experiences


Cristina Atabala

Volunteer Coordinator


Veronica Graffius

Director of Donor Relations


Joe Nicolosi

Director of Development



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Watch the powerful and inspiring story that led to the creation of AZCF.