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To provide support services for those whose lives are touched by cancer.
The Arizona Oncology Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization serving anyone fighting cancer. We offer a wide variety of programs and services, including massage therapy, support groups, transportation assistance, education services, integrative therapies, and exercise classes at limited or no cost to participants. Our services are available to patients currently in treatment, long-term survivors, spouses, family members, and caregivers.
These therapies serve our overarching mission to provide support services to those whose lives are touched by cancer, and promote health, healing, and survivor-ship to cancer patients and their families in our community. This mission is fueled by the passion and generosity of our volunteers, who support our staff by greeting and helping people in our resource centers, scheduling therapies, and helping with small projects.
As a cancer survivor, I wanted to give back to those who are experiencing the journey of cancer, whether they are the patient or a loved one. At AOF I am able to support this community. The positive and healing atmosphere is so uplifting and being a part of this atmosphere brings joy and helps to heal. I am proud to be a part of AOF and recommend it to anyone wishing to volunteer or in need of any of the many services offered.
The Arizona Oncology Foundation treats cancer patients with respect and kindness. Volunteers assist patients with many needs including wigs, hats, and scarves for those who have lost hair due to chemotherapy or radiation therapy. We provide bras and prostheses for mastectomy patients. We provide books and pamphlets with information. We chat with patients and because the volunteers are survivors, we fully empathize with and encourage these patients. It is wonderful to walk into an Arizona Oncology building to "give back", rather than as a patient. Sometimes patients ask us questions they didn't want to ask the physician or forgot to, and often we can answer because we have been through treatment ourselves. We can give hugs to people who are frightened and websites to people who want to look things up. Our very presence gives hope to patients who want to become survivors of cancer.
I have been volunteering with the Foundation for several years now, and can't express how wonderful it has been. This non-profit provides the community with so many essential resources. As a volunteer, I feel privileged every week to support so many members of our community, while taking on diverse projects regularly.