Elena Rubio
Board Member
elena.rubio@rbaz.org

Retinoblastoma of Arizona (RBAZ) started in February 2001, when 4 RB mothers met through a worldwide online RB support group and discovered they all lived in Arizona. In March 2001, these Mothers and their kids met at a park then went to lunch at McDonald’s. They had such a wonderful time they decided to meet again, inviting their husbands to all subsequent gatherings. After meeting other kids with retinoblastoma and prosthetic eyes, their children’s self-confidence grew. They had met someone “just like them.” For the first year, these 4 families meet every month. As the RBAZ family started to grow, gatherings changed to 3-4 times a year. In 2003, RBAZ officially became a non-profit organization.

Foundation History

2001- The first RBAZ meeting.


2003- Retinoblastoma of Arizona was founded as 

          a non-profit organization.


2007- Dr. Amy Leverant, from Phoenix Children’s

          Hospital, presented Colleen with the 2007

          Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund World

          Retinoblastoma Citizen Award on behalf of

          Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund and SickKids

          Hospital.

          Today we continue to support families

          from all over Arizona.

 

Nicki Connelly

President

nicki.connelly@rbaz.org

Lori Padilla

Vice President

​lori.padilla@rbaz.org

our leadership team

how we began

RBAZ isn't just an organization, we are a family.