Trendsetter to Know: Julie Dunnigan, CEO of Cancer Support Community Arizona

Name: Julie Dunnigan

X, formerly Twitter: @CSCArizona

Facebook: Cancer Support Community Arizona –

Instagram: @cancersupportaz


Age: 48

Title: CEO

Married/Single: Married

Kids: One daughter, age 13 (please send help!)

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes… talking and listening to staff, participants, supporters, partners, and my family… after dinner, I lose myself in an audiobook so someone else can do the talking.

I was born in… Montreal, Canada, which explains why I moved to the hottest city I could find.

My favorite thing about Arizona… is blue skies and sunshine, every day!

I’m listening to… “How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny

My family… is always there for me.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Walt Disney so I could get lost in the magic of his imagination.

One thing I cannot live without… is my daughter, she is my greatest joy and my favorite person.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… an astronaut. Until I realized I get nauseous on the Teacups.

I’m inspired by… my team members.

The person/people who motivate(s) me is/are… Cancer Support Community Arizona participants.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… that no one faces cancer alone.

The perfect day would be… going to Disneyland with family and friends.

My first job was… as a lifeguard at a public pool in Montreal.

My favorite escape… is listening to epic fantasy book series.

My life… keeps getting better and better.

I’m currently working on… making sure everyone in Arizona knows about the free support services offered through Cancer Support Community Arizona.

Always… know that you are enough.

Never… eat yellow snow.

Favorite Quote… “On a bad day, there’s always lipstick.” -Audrey Hepburn

Biggest Dream… is to live a long, healthy, happy life. As a cancer survivor, I know firsthand how precious that would be.

My Pet Peeve(s)… is when someone is texting on their phone during a meeting. We can see you. 😊

Bio: Julie Dunnigan serves as Chief Executive Officer at Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ), a nonprofit organization that provides emotional and social support for anyone impacted by cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, Julie brings a profound personal understanding of the importance of CSCAZ’s mission, including the impact cancer has on the whole family – which is why you can often find her husband and her teenage daughter participating in CSCAZ programs. Cancer Support Community Arizona provides over 100 free programs per month including bilingual support groups, social activities, mind/body therapies, nutritional counseling, educational seminars, and navigators who connect cancer patients and their families to community resources. All programs are offered to Arizona residents at no cost and are designed to support cancer patients, their families, and caregivers throughout their cancer journey. To learn more about CSCAZ, please visit

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