By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Foothills Focus Executive Editor
Barro’s Pizza and Pepsi are teaming up this June to raise money for children and families affected by pediatric cancer.
Throughout the month, all Barro’s Pizza locations will donate proceeds up to $40,000 from the sale of any lunch special to the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, a local nonprofit whose mission is to help Arizona families with the high costs and challenging logistics while caring for their children during cancer treatment.
“This is one of our favorite times of year,” said Mike Barro, owner of Barro’s Pizza.
“Our mission as a business is to help out in our community any way we can. So, every June, we donate a portion of our proceeds from the sales of any lunch special purchased to help families that have children battling pediatric cancer. We love being able to give back and look forward to this event every year.”
Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children was founded in 2013 by Chrisie Funari after she lost her young daughter, Ava, to cancer. Funari traveled the country seeking the best treatments and care for her daughter. Knowing the struggle and the toll it takes on the family, Funari started the organization to empower families by ensuring they have a secure place to live, access to medical treatment and continued support. They have since helped hundreds of local families and will continue to help more and more families each year.
“Barro’s Pizza has been so generous over the years, raising over $100,000 for us,” Funari said.
“We are so grateful to have a local business like Barro’s Pizza understand and support our mission each and every year. The money donated will help cover expenses associated with a child’s cancer diagnosis, provide Sunshine Packs filled with items that provide comfort and fun while undergoing treatment and emotional and financial support to Arizona families.”
Barro’s Pizza is encouraging guests to choose from a selection of lunch specials starting at 10:30 a.m. daily at all locations. Lunch hours vary by location. Barro’s has restaurants at Gavilan Peak Parkway and Anthem Way in Anthem; Cave Creek Road and Desert Willow Parkway; and Dove Valley Road and I-17.