Cancer Support Community Celebrates Opening of New Northern AZ Location Oct. 8 and Oct. 9

Cancer Support Community Celebrates Opening of New Northern AZ Location Oct. 8 and Oct. 9

Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ), the state’s only nonprofit that delivers free support services, programming, and resources to individuals impacted by any cancer at any stage, will celebrate the grand opening of its new Flagstaff location (914 N. San Francisco St.) on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.


CSCAZ’s newest location will provide an in-person opportunity for northern Arizonans to connect, find emotional relief, and access social support during one of the most challenging times of their lives.


Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, the grand opening will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Debbie DiCarlo, Chief Executive Officer and Cindy Payne, Ed.D., Executive Director of Cancer Support Community Northern Arizona, as well as Mayor Paul Deasy and City Council members; Flo Spyrow, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Arizona Healthcare; the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce; and other special guests.


On Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9, visitors will have the chance to take a tour of CSCAZ’s new office and learn about the wide range of cancer support services offered. In addition, guests can experience a powerful art exhibit that gives a creative voice to the women and men who have journeyed through cancer diagnoses, treatments, and successes. The “From Darkness to Light” exhibit features 13 custom thermoplastic masks used during radiation therapy for individuals with head and neck cancers. Local artists haven taken and transformed the masks into heart-wrenching pieces of art that honor the resiliency of the cancer patients who wore them. CSCAZ Expressive Arts Coordinator Joy Kockerbeck, who organized the art exhibit and whose artwork will be on display as part of the exhibit, will be at the grand opening on both days.


Many community partners, including the Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) team, formed through a collaboration between Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona Cancer Center, will be in attendance. (NACP’s goal is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans in the Southwest – particularly among the Hopi, Tohono O’odham, and Navajo communities in Arizona – through research, training, and outreach.)


Where:                Cancer Support Community Northern Arizona’s new location

                               914 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 – in the Liberty Square Building

                              Free parking is available at 951 N. Switzer Canyon Dr.


When:                 The full schedule of grand opening events at CSCAZ’s new Flagstaff location includes:


Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

  • 2:30 p.m.: Expressive Arts with Joy Kockerbeck [in-person only]
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention team will be sharing information about cancer and cancer prevention [in-person only]
  • 3 p.m.: Breast Cancer Education by Dr. Kate Preston of Flagstaff Surgical Associates [in-person and virtual]
  • 4 p.m.: Official Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony [in-person only at CSCAZ front parking area]


Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 (cont’d)

  • 4:30 p.m.: Hypnotherapy for Pain Control Education by Craig Meriwether, Therapist [in-person and virtual]
  • 4:30 p.m.: Gentle Yoga led by Yogi Peri Miller [in-person only]
  • 5 p.m.: Tasty Food is Medicine Presentation & Food Demo/Tasting with Chef Chloe and Registered Dietician Jay Sutliffe [in-person only]


Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Visit with Dawn Wright for glitter body tattoos and other fun activities [in-person only]
  • 9:30 a.m.: Gentle Yoga led by Yogi Peri Miller [in-person only]
  • 9: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention team will be sharing information about cancer and cancer prevention [in-person only]
  • 10:30 a.m.: Frankly Speaking About Cancer: The Cost of Care by North Country HealthCare Educators Kimberly Gutierrez and Abby Sanchez [in-person and virtual]
  • 11 a.m.: Expressive Arts Activity with Joy Kockerbeck [in-person only]
  • Noon: Anti-Cancer Living: Transform Your Life with the Mix of Six, presented by Dr. Cindy Payne, CYCAZ Educator [in-person and virtual]
  • 1 p.m.: Hypnotherapy for Pain Control Therapy Session led by Therapist Craig Meriwether [in-person only]


Register:              Registration for CSCAZ’s grand opening activities is required. To register, visit  


                              For additional information, visit or call (928) 236-2333.

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