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The Survivor Breakfast Celebration in Glendale was a Success!

Thank you to all of the patients, providers, families, and members of the community that came to our Survivor Breakfast Celebration today.  We had 335 people attend our event today to celebrate Survivors of Cancer!  This was a perfect morning to eat tasty pancakes, talk with sponsors, and cancer support groups in the community. By noon, an estimated thousand pancakes were consumed and thousands of hugs were exchanged.   We had a Tai Chi demonstration, meditation demonstration, head & neck screening, face painting, children crafts, a breakfast from Picnic Specialties, and 47 vendors. This was a free community event hosted by Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers.  Stay tuned to http://ironwoodcrc.com/patient-resour… for our next event in Scottsdale on October 13th!  Lastly, we wanted to send a heartfelt note to each and every one of our volunteers that setup, directed traffic, assisted vendor’s to their tables, took photos, and cleaning up after the event on a Saturday.


“Survivors Breakfast Celebration” Continues to Unite and Inspire Glendale Community

On an early spring Saturday morning in Glendale, before the sun brightens the day, a team of dedicated and tireless volunteers are buzzing with energy, setting up tables, chairs and pop-tents, getting ready for the morning’s festivities. Today is Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers “Survivor Breakfast Celebration.”  Ironwood has invited hundreds of guests to their Glendale location for education, entertainment and a pancake breakfast.  Sandra, an Ironwood employee says, “It’s just as much fun as it is a passion project for us.”

The purpose of the breakfast is to celebrate individuals and families that have been touched by cancer and is open to the entire community.  One of the oncologists with Ironwood says, “Our patients and their families are extraordinary people.  This event helps us give back to them in a meaningful way.”

This event is uplifting, educational and inspiring – not to mention free.  Ironwood oncology specialists provide free head and neck screenings, community hairstylists provide free haircuts, visitors can participate in a Tai Chi demonstration, there is a meditation workshop, as well as various cancer related educational booths, face painting and family friendly crafts. Participating vendors provide visitors valuable information and support services for cancer patients, their families, and the general community and many are cancer survivors themselves.  Ann, from Mindful Skin Spa who cares for the skin of cancer patients, says, “This is a wonderful celebration for patients, their family, and friends.  I’ve been coming for four years and it keeps getting better.”

Everybody is helping everybody which is a pleasure to see.  That alone would be enough for me, but the yummy breakfast and activity lineup bring this event into a league of its own.” Kelly Huey, a social worker at Ironwood, says, “My goal is to make every one of our guests feel like this is their day.  We want them to know that we at Ironwood are honored to serve and care for them. Ironwood offers support groups, classes, and integrative services that are free and available not only for our patients but the entire community.  The best part of the breakfast for me is seeing everyone enjoying the morning and forgetting about their problems and having some fun!”  By the end of the day an estimated one-thousand pancakes will be consumed, a few tears will shed and an innumerable amount of smiles and hugs will be shared.  Come learn and celebrate with our patients, volunteers, staff, and the community.

The Survivor Breakfast Celebration will take place at the Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers located at 5810 W. Beverly Ln., in Glendale near 59th Ave. and Bell, from 8-11am, Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Volunteer of the Month for April

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers is pleased to announce that its Volunteer of the Month for April 2018 is Cindy Dembowski.  We are grateful to have her helping our patients at our Phoenix office.  She makes our patients in the infusion room more comfortable.  Irene’s experience and personality is appreciated by staff and patients.

Do you have what it takes to make a difference like Cindy?  Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers is looking for volunteers in all of our offices!

You’re needed to assist in our boutique, visit patients during chemotherapy, and provide comfort in our waiting areas.

Interested Volunteers must be:

Eighteen and older.

Compassionate and caring.

If you’re a patient, you must be off treatment for at least a year.

For further information contact Ironwood Integrated Services at 480-314-6660 or visit or click here.


RSVP for our Survivor Workshop in Conjunction with a 2nd Act

We will be hosting a survivor workshop in conjunction with “A 2nd Act” from 8:30am-3:30pm, Saturday, April 21st.

Lunch and work book provided free of charge.

Limited to 30 maximum participants. Call 480-314-6660 to RSVP today!


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This event is located at:

700 W. Warner Rd

Chandler, AZ 85225

Special Guest Dr. Aaron Ambrad at Lymphoma & Leukemia Support Group 6pm, April 12

About Dr. Ambrad

He received his medical training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He then completed a Radiation Oncology residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in 2004 where he served as Chief Resident.  Dr. Ambrad has specialized training in LDR, HDR, IMRT/IGRT, stereotactic radiation, as well as breast brachytherapy.  He has expertise and a particular interest in    treating breast, prostate, lung, head & neck, GI and skin cancers.  In addition, he has several publications for his patients for his devotion and bedside manner and was recognized by Phoenix Magazine as a “Top Doc” in 2012, 2017, and 2018.  Learn more here.


Thursday, April 12

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This event is located at our Scottsdale office at:

8880 E. Desert Cove Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Please contact the ICRC Integrative Service Department @ 480-314-6660 for additional information.