Trendsetter to Know: Chrisie Funari, President & Founder of the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children

Name:  Chrisie Funari

Facebook: @ArizonaCancerFoundationforChildren 

Instagram: @azcancerfoundation 


Age:  43

Title: President of Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children

Married/Single: Single

Kids:  Eli (15) and Eve (9)

City you live in:  Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes…  Getting my kids off to school, spending my day at work at Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children helping children with cancer and their families, then home for dinner with my family followed by a walk around the neighborhood with our dog, Penny.

I was born… in Minnesota

My favorite thing about Arizona… The weather and the wonderful people

My family… means the world to me and is extremely supportive of the foundation

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Ava, my daughter that passed away

One thing I cannot live without…Diet Coke

When I was younger, I wanted to be…an entrepreuner like my parents

I’m inspired by… People who give back to our community

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… That children never get cancer

My first job was… in advertising sales at a local magazine

Always… try your best

Favorite Quote… “ You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”  —Oprah

Bio-on yourself/company: Chrisie Funari is the President and Founder of the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide social, emotional and financial support to families who are managing the health and well-being of a loved one with pediatric cancer. An Arizona State University graduate with a degree in Marketing, Funari always knew she wanted to have her own business, but it wasn’t until she lost her daughter Ava to cancer that she found herself with the passion to start a nonprofit. In 2014, Funari’s personal experience inspired her to launch Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children which offers everything from navigating hospitals, providing financial assistance and other support needed by families. Funari enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling when she is not working on growing her organization and helping others.

To get involved with Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, visit

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