On October 23, the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona will honor an individual and an organization with the DCFA’s coveted Linda Rainford Awards at their 11th annual “LEARNING, LOVING AND LIVING WITH CANCER” Education and Awards Luncheon to be held at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, in the Pavilion, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.

This year, the DCFA will honor Monica Krise, MSW, Oncology and Support Services Coordinator at the Cancer Center at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Monica is responsible for program design, development and implementation of supportive services and integrative therapies for cancer patients and their family members. In addition to her paid work, she is a frequent volunteer for mobile mammography screening, “Casting for Recovery,” and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The other Linda Rainford award goes to Singleton Moms, a grassroots organization providing volunteer and financial support to single mothers who are receiving chemo/radiation treatments or recovering from other cancers. Volunteers relieve daily stress on families dealing with cancer by providing meals, cleaning services and assisting with financial burdens.

The Linda Rainford Award honors outstanding recipients in the field of cancer education, prevention and/or treatment. Linda was a kindergarten teacher who took early retirement after her cancer diagnosis and moved to Chandler. She attended classes when not in chemotherapy and educated herself with all available resources about the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, consistently educating those around her. She never gave up hope and saw her diagnosis as an opportunity for growth and spirituality. Linda was actively involved in the Desert Cancer Foundation’s Advisory Board.

Cancer experts Dr. Edgar Hernandez (General Surgeon and Chief Medical Advisor of the DCFA), Dr. Eric Olyejar (Radiation Oncologist), Dr. Ajay Bhatnagar (Radiation Oncologist), and Patricia DeBruhl (Oncology Counselor), will present new information, treatments and services available for cancer patients and their families as the educational component of the event.

Guest Emcee and panel facilitator is Gary Cruz, Sports Anchor, CBS 5, who will also share his personal cancer experience with attendees.

The mission of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona is “to provide cancer education and treatment resources to the uninsured of Arizona.” Proceeds from this event and other projects are used for those purposes.

For event information, call 480.899.4984 or go to the web site, Tickets are $35 each or $350 for a Table of 10.