Navigating Memory Care
Sharon Thornton

Sharon Thornton
Executive Vice President/Chief Philanthropy Officer

Shirley and Bill Frizell’s heart-felt story about memory loss and Marty Finley’s efforts to help them navigate the rocky shoals of Alzheimer’s disease is a powerful example of philanthropy in action.

The generosity of Sun Health Foundation donors enables Marty to provide these much-needed services at no cost to the community.  It’s an amazing gift, as Shirley Frizell can attest.

Many of you probably know that the Foundation is the philanthropic arm for Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers and the Banner Sun Health Research Institute.  What you may not know is the Foundation also provides financial support to a variety of Sun Health’s community wellness programs, including the Memory Care Navigator program.

With donor support, we can offer nationally recognized programs such as Care Transitions, Medication Management, Vial of Life/File of Life, Community Education classes and the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing.

The Center is a perfect example of how leveraging evidence-based practices and the latest health care technology can improve lives.  With three West Valley locations, and a multidisciplinary team of health and wellness professionals, we can provide our clients with up-to-date information, tools and support, and teach them how to manage their own health conditions more effectively.

The Center’s staff provides a variety of services including nutrition counseling, fitness evaluations and fitness-plan development, weight-loss management, diabetes and pre-diabetes management, fall prevention, balance and strength programs, health education classes, massage, acupuncture and referrals to community resources.

I encourage you to learn more about these and other Sun Health services aimed at helping people lead healthier, fuller lives.  It’s all possible because of the generosity of people like you.

Please consider helping us continue these important services by making a gift to Sun Health Foundation.

To learn more, call us at 623-832-5330 or visit

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