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Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children (ACFC) in Scottsdale, Arizona, provides financial support and resources for families dealing with the difficult diagnosis of pediatric cancer. ACFC also includes several programs designed to support parents and siblings of children diagnosed with cancer at a young age.

About the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children

ACFC was established by Chrisie Funari, the organization's founder and Executive Director. Funari started the organization following the loss of her daughter, Ava, to an aggressive form of pediatric cancer called Neuroblastoma. Funari established ACFC on the premise of knowing that other families were suffering from the same situation and the desire to help alleviate their struggles.

ACFC's Core Programs

To assist pediatric cancer patients and their families, ACFC has several core programs:

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is one of the main programs offered by ACFC. Through this core program, case managers work with qualifying families to provide financial assistance to plan and budget services for all. The program also helps families find additional financial resources as necessary.

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Sunshine Pack

The Gifting Sunshine program is another core program offered by ACFC. This program helps uplift families by gifting essential and wanted items and experiences to their pediatric cancer patients. Every family that enrolls in the Sunshine program receives a welcome Sunshine Pack that includes items to entertain, educate, and comfort children battling cancer. The program also has year-round gift elements, including a Respite, Birthday Wish program and a holiday Adopt-A-Family program.

Therapy Program

The organization's therapy program, called "4 Paws for Healing," assigns a canine visitor to each child. Canines in the program are certified therapy dogs specially trained to interact with children to provide support and relief. The K9 therapy program is used to provide counseling and therapy on an individual basis for pediatric cancer patients and their accompanying family members. Workshops are also available in addition to one-on-one personal visits.