The nonprofit “Send Me on Vacation” Is Like the “Make a Wish” For Breast Cancer Survivors

October 3, 2019 (Phoenix, Arizona), In 2015, Emily Buchanan of Phoenix, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was just 30 years old and had a 15-month-old baby at home. Through six rounds of chemotherapy and two surgeries, her husband was her strongest supporter and never left her side.

“It was a horrible time!” says Emily. “We were not sure about what was going to happen next. With a 15-month old toddler to take care of, and medical bills piling up, the stress became overwhelming. I really thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown on top of having breast cancer!”

Then someone introduced Emily to Send Me on Vacation, a local 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit that is empowering economically distressed breast cancer survivors by sending them on an all-expenses paid healing vacation, bringing a renewed sense of happiness and peace; helping them to combat the negative emotional effects of the disease. Emily and her family were awarded a trip to the Grand Pacific Resorts in Carlsbad, California.

Emily says that the vacation was an amazing gift that she will forever be grateful for.  “Send Me on Vacation’s gift of a family vacation not only allowed us time to relax as a family, but it also allowed us to visit with a dear family friend, residing nearby who was nearing end of life. This was the last time we saw our friend, and I am forever grateful to Send Me on Vacation for allowing it to happen.”

There is no charge for breast cancer survivors who get awarded one of Send Me on Vacation’s trips.  The cost of lodging, transportation, and food is paid for by generous donations from corporate sponsors and individuals.

The need to help breast cancer survivors is great and Send Me on Vacation has a waiting list of people who want to attend a healing vacation. That’s why Send Me on Vacation is hosting its annual Champions for Charity Gala to raise money for its cause. One hundred percent (100%) of the monies raised will go towards providing healing vacations to breast cancer survivors who live in Arizona. The Gala is open to the public.

What:  2019 Champions for Charity Gala

When: October 19th, 2019

            6:00-9:00 pm

Where: Windgate Ranch Club House

            10095 E. Windgate Ranch Road

            Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Price: $150 per person

Includes: Cocktails, dinner, live music & entertainment & live/ silent auctions.

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Last year, over $50,000 was raised at the Charity Gala, and Send Me on Vacation would like to raise over $75,000 this year.

This Italian chic event under the stars will feature dinner sponsored by the infamous chef Todd Williams, owner of Put A Fork In It Catering – Phoenix, AZ. Although known for his tantalizing cuisine, Chef Todd also has a philanthropic spirit as magnanimous as his cuisine. Elegant bubbles will be shared by Zonin Wines, a world class Italian winery and a dedicated annual sponsor. Raise your glass to One Hope Wine, Tito’s Vodka, KimoSabe Mezcal and Boozie all who have donated to support the cause.

The evening would not be complete without the Glen Paul Band’s rocking tunes throughout the night.

The presenting sponsor, Valley Sleep Center, generously committed to becoming the Top Sponsor of 2019, followed by Morgan Stanley, Grand Pacific Resorts, Axon, Travel To Go, VacationGuard, Backus Carranza Burden, Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein, P.C. and Benchmark Commercial, LLC.

In kind donations for the silent auction include vacations from Lifestyle Resort & Spa, Hawaii Timeshare Exchange, Aloha Vacation Club, Hilton Head Accommodations, Omni Resort Scottsdale and more.

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About Send Me On Vacation, Inc.; Send Me On Vacation’s mission is to provide breast cancer survivors the opportunity to initiate the process of emotional healing through a vacation experience. SMOV empowers survivors to reconnect with themselves on a rejuvenating and healing vacation. The vacation experiences have a profound effect on rebuilding the lives of these survivors after they have endured the hardships of treatment. For more information go to or contact us directly at