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Elekta-sponsored Ceremony Honors Arizona Cancer Heroes
Date:3/24/2011

PHOENIX, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the important role oncology practitioners and patient support groups play in the lives of those fighting cancer, Elekta, provider of radiation therapy technology to treat cancer, honored select individuals with the Arizona Cancer Heroes Award on March 23, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix. Recipients were chosen after a three-month call for nominations in which residents of Phoenix and the surrounding areas were encouraged to nominate individuals they felt provided heroic support to them throughout their cancer journey.

During the ceremony, grants were awarded to several local non-profit organizations for their support of cancer patients. Lauren Daniels accepted on behalf of her organization, Happily Ever After League (HEAL). Founded in 2004 in response to Lauren's personal cancer experience, HEAL provides financial support to Arizona mothers recovering from cancer by helping to pay for rent, utilities, medical bills and groceries. The organization opened HEALing House, which offers social support and outreach and includes a small food bank, in 2007 for the cancer patients and their families.

"Lauren and her Board of Directors set a goal to never turn away a mom in need and in the past six years the organization has kept this goal," reports Sean Daniels, HEAL Board Member. "Nearly 500 mothers struggling with the rigors of cancer have been helped through Lauren's vision and commitment."

After losing best friend Michelle Singleton to cancer, Jody Berens dedicated herself to bringing hope, help and support to single parents with cancer. With operations in the Phoenix metro area – and expanding soon to Flagstaff – Jody's organization, Singleton Moms, offers programs such as Michelle's Kitchen, Michelle's Pockets, Michelle's Clean-up Crew, and more, that provide emotional, financial and domestic support to single parents undergoing can
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