Linda Rainford Award
The 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.
Please submit your completed nomination form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|2016||Dee Cartwright – Smoot|
|2010||Dave Graybill – “Pink Heals” Fire truck Program|
|2009||Christine Faraci (Co-Founder of Soul Survivors Choir and Breast Buds, Inc.)|
|2008||Monica Krise, MSW, Chandler Cancer Center At Chandler Regional Medical Center &|
|2007||Dr. Jessica Boklan, Pediatric Oncologist, Director of Oncology Research – Phoenix Children’s Hospital|
|2006||Employees Assisting Cancer Patients Committee – East Valley Regional Cancer Center – Chandler Regional Hospital|
|2005||Kathy Medal (Well Woman Healthcheck Program Manager for Maricopa County|
|2004||John Molina, M.D. and J.D., founder of Las Fuentes Clinic, Guadalupe Photos|
|2003||Kids Coping (Program of Chandler Hospital’s Cancer Center) Photos|
|2002||Norissa Honea, RN Photos|
|2001||Buddy Check 12 Photos|
|2000||Heather Farr Breast Cancer Foundation Photos|
|1999||Camp Rainbow, affiliated with Phoenix Children’s Hospital Photos|
|1998||Kids Coping Program @ East Valley Regional Cancer Center|
About Linda Rainford
Linda 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.