Subject: Barbara Kavanagh Receives Health Care Heroes Education Award; 11 Others Honored
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BARBARA KAVANAGH RECEIVES HEALTH CARE HEROES AWARD; 11 OTHERS HONORED AS 'UNSUNG HEROES'
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 21, 2008); Barbara B. Kavanagh, M.S.W., President and Founder of the Arizona Myeloma Network, received the Health Care Heroes Education Award at the 2008 Phoenix Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Awards breakfast. The Award was presented by Dr. Sandi Perez, Delta Dental Foundation, on behalf of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Presenting Sponsor for this event.
Ms. Kavanagh is the President and Founder of the Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN), a grassroots cancer charity is located in Glendale, Arizona where Kavanagh and her husband, a myeloma patient, live. Myeloma is a rare form of incurable bone marrow cancer that destroys bone and strikes 20,000 people each year. Myeloma is often misdiagnosed and AzMN's mission is to provide awareness, education and advocacy for other myeloma patients and families who are fighting this deadly disease. With the help of volunteers, they are providing outreach and support to cancer patients and families in Arizona. AzMN brings together scientists, businesses, cancer specialists, and healthcare providers to work together to provide earlier diagnosis, new treatments, and research to benefit cancer patients and families.
Eleven other providers were honored in 10 categories at the event sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal, Abrazo Health Care, Phoenix Children's Hospital, A.T. Still University, Delta Dental and The Plaza Companies.
Health Care Heroes Awards also were presented for the first time to honorees in three new categories:
First Responder: Chris Crockett, Commander Public Affairs Bureau, City of Phoenix Police Department;
Education: Barbara Kavanagh, President and Founder, Arizona Myeloma Network; and Craig Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, Provost, A.T. Still University
Service Philanthropy: Judy Mohraz, Ph.D., President, The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
Other winners by category were:
Community Outreach: James Washington, Director of School Based Clinics, Abrazo Health Care;
Dental: Doug Beischel, DDS, Chief of Staff, John C. Lincoln Children’s Dental Care;
Lifetime Achievement: Joseph Rogers, PhD, President and Senior Scientist, Sun Health Research Institute;
Nurse: Elizabeth Campbell, Clinical Program Manager, T-Gen;
Nurse Leader: Sue Hanauer, Vice President, Patient Care Services, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital;
Physician: Dr. Oliver Harper, Senior Physician and Co-Founder, Banner Arizona Medical Clinic;
Research/Innovator: William Duckworth, VA Researcher, Phoenix VA Health CareSystem; and
Volunteer: Gary Held, President, My Guy Remodeling
June 22 - the 6th Annual AzMN/John Wayne Navajo Cancer Conference, Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, Az.
Registration begins, February, 2013
Nov 16 - 'Save the Date'
The 9th Annual AzMN/UA Charity Golf Tournament at McCormick Ranch Golf Club Saturday, November 16th, 2013 Registration and Sponsorships will be available online after May 1st.
Feb 23 - Cancer Caregivers Seminar
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
March 23 - 'Save the Date'
7th Annual Living with Myeloma Conference, Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale.
TBD - Race for Hope for All Cancers