Linda Rainford Award

linda_rainford_awardThe Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona’s Linda Rainford Award recognizes the recipient whom has contributed to the betterment of cancer education, prevention and treatment in the community.

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Past Recipients

2016Dee Cartwright – Smoot
2015Mike Perry
2014Kathyh Stehr
2013Kent Miller
2012Greg Hoffman
2011Jana Greene
2010Dave Graybill – “Pink Heals” Fire truck Program
2009Christine Faraci (Co-Founder of Soul Survivors Choir and Breast Buds, Inc.)
2008Monica Krise, MSW, Chandler Cancer Center At Chandler Regional Medical Center &
Singleton Moms
2007Dr. Jessica Boklan, Pediatric Oncologist, Director of Oncology Research – Phoenix Children’s Hospital
2006Employees Assisting Cancer Patients Committee – East Valley Regional Cancer Center – Chandler Regional Hospital
2005Kathy Medal (Well Woman Healthcheck Program Manager for Maricopa County
2004John Molina, M.D. and J.D., founder of Las Fuentes Clinic, Guadalupe Photos
2003Kids Coping (Program of Chandler Hospital’s Cancer Center) Photos
2002Norissa Honea, RN Photos
2001Buddy Check 12 Photos
2000Heather Farr Breast Cancer Foundation Photos
1999Camp Rainbow, affiliated with Phoenix Children’s Hospital Photos
1998Kids Coping Program @ East Valley Regional Cancer Center

About Linda Rainford

LindaLinda Rainford was a retired Kindergarten teacher, a dynamic woman who was involved in her community and the arts. She and her husband Ken took early retirement after her cancer diagnosis and moved to Chandler. She attended classes when not in chemotherapy, and read everything possible about the challenges and struggles of cancer. Linda consistently educated those around her on cancer and the opportunities it provided her for growth, spirituality and the emotional difficulties of living with cancer. Linda fought a very courageous battle against cancer. She won the battle in that she never gave in and the cancer never took her love of life, family, friends or her sense of humor. She never gave up hope.

She was actively involved in the Desert Cancer Foundation on the Advisory Board. Linda helped with the Foundation’s Health Fairs by entertaining the children as they waited for their moms to be tested. She could cheer up a crying child who had just been separated from Mom with her smile. Linda passed away in 2002 after a six-year battle with stage four ovarian cancer.

The Foundation dedicated this award to Linda because of her courage to confront an ominous disease and her tenacious belief in living life to the fullest.