Three cancer-support nonprofits unite for Village Fun Run

Three small nonprofits have come together to make three times the impact toward one goal: providing support and service to individuals with cancer and families impacted by the disease.

Arizona Cancer Village Fun Run

From left, Jennifer Caraway, The Joy Bus; Holly Rose, Don’t Be A Chump! Check for a Lump!; Jody Farley-Berens, Singleton Moms.

Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!, The Joy Bus and Singleton Moms have formed an operational collaboration for the first annual Az Cancer Village Fun Run & Festival to be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Indian School Park on the northeast corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue.

“It does indeed take a village,” said breast cancer survivor Holly Rose who founded Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!, which provides free mammograms including any necessary diagnostic testing and gives away wigs to breast cancer patients undergoing treatment.

“Each of our organizations had done smaller fund-raising events in the past and we decided we could make a much bigger difference and be much more efficient by collaborating on a single event.”

The Joy Bus, founded in 2011 by Jennifer Caraway in memory of her friend, Joy, who lost her struggle with cancer, provides healthy meals to homebound cancer patients to relieve some of the stress they face.

Singleton Moms, an organization founded by Jody Farley-Berens and named for her friend, Michelle Singleton, meets day-to-day needs of single parents and their minor children.

Registration fees for The Az Cancer Village Fun Run & Festival range from $20 to $35 depending upon which event is chosen, either the 5K run or 1-Mile Fun Run.

Fund-raising tips can be found at http://www.azcancervillage.org.

The festival also features booths providing information about cancer resources, vendors, music and food. Young entrepreneurs are encouraged to register for free booths to exhibit their noncompetitive products, services and ideas.

Joy Bus Founder Caraway said her organization is “inspired every day by how Joy lived her life, even with the disease. Her drive and determination are inspirational to all those who fight her same battle and if a hot meal and a little compassion can brighten her day then it’s the least we can all do as humans and as a part of a community.”

“Everyone knows someone affected by cancer from people with the disease to those impacted by it,” said Singleton Moms Founder and Executive Director Farley-Berens.
“When our long-time friend Michelle Singleton was diagnosed, it was devastating and completely unnerving as I was only 27 years old and a mother myself. Although I was not a single mom, I couldn’t imagine facing mortality at such a young age while continuing to be a positive force in your children’s lives.”

To date, Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! has provided 45 free mammograms including any necessary diagnostic testing and given away 160 wigs to breast cancer patients; Singleton Moms have helped pay $26,250 in household bills, served more than 1,200 nutritious family-style meals, given away 120 gas cards to help travel costs from doctors appointments and treatments, filled 660 Bare Necessities Bags with detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant and more; and The Joy Bus has delivered 1,800 chef-inspired meals.

For more information and to register, visit www.azcancervillage.org.

Additional information:
www.thejoybus.org
www.checkforalump.org
• www.singletonmoms.org

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