The Arizona Health Care Foundation (AHCF) makes dreams a reality for residents in long term care settings and for the dedicated staff who provide direct care and services. Established in 1997 to enhance the lives of our residents and the people who care for them, AHCF sponsors two programs throughout the year. One is the Live A Dream Award for residents and the other is the Scholarship Award to assist long term care staff in furthering their education. The Arizona Health Care Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers. The funds raised by the Foundation are distributed to honor Live A Dream and scholarship recipients, and assist in the implementation of innovative long term care programs. The following links provide more information on how our residents are helped, scholarship deadlines, and how you can help.




Live A Dream Award

The experiences and wisdom of our elders deserve both honor and respect. In some cases, lifetime dreams are unfulfilled because of health, finances, and unexpected life circumstances. To acknowledge these dreams and make wishes a reality, the Live A Dream program provides monetary support and professional assistance to help each recipient live their dream. For a Live A Dream application, please click here.

Live A Dream Award- Dental Application

At the Arizona Health Care Foundation, we understand the important role of dental care in quality of life, and are deeply committed to assisting residents in their pathway to a brighter smile. For a Live A Dream-Dental application, please click here.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Arizona Health Care Foundation (AHCF) is accepting applications for a Foundation Scholarship. The intent of these awards is to assist staff employed in AHCA member skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities so they can pursue a formal education in health care and long term care. The Scholarship award is open to all departments. The area of study must be related to health care. The amount awarded is dependent upon the number of applications received, financial need, and the resources of AHCF.

Applications must be received in the AHCA office no later than Noon, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Mail the application to 1440 E. Missouri Avenue, Suite C-102, Phoenix, Arizona 85014.

***APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE.-Any missing information will disqualify an application.

You may also download the interactive PDF of the application by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Doescher at or call 602-265-5331.


Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship Recipients:

Melissa Moss- Camelback Post Acute Care & Rehab
Jade Gardner- CareMeridian
Melissa Jones- Choice Rehab Care
Chelsea Hernandez- Desert Haven Care Center
Rebekah Celaya- Devon Gables Rehabilitation Center
Eduardo Vicente- Devon Gables Rehabilitation Center
Maria Larribas- Foothills Rehab Center
Mia McGhee- Desert Terrace
Michelle  Romero- La Rosa Health Care Center @ Santa Catalina Villas
Shelly Dickey- La Rosa Health Care Center @ Santa Catalina Villas
Somayye Hosseini- Life Care Center of North Glendale
Luis Barcelo- Life Care Center of Yuma
Catherine McDowell- Mi Casa Nursing Center
Vanessa Dobbins- Plaza Healthcare
Danielle Kuhaneck- RidgeCrest Healthcare
Aubrey Sanchez- Santa Rita Nursing & Rehab Center
Jose Sanchez -Santa Rita Nursing & Rehab Center
Fransisco Rodriguez – Santa Rosa Care Center
Lori Smith- Sante of Surprise
Brittany Medina- The Gardens of Scottsdale
Loretta Emmanuel- The Gardens of Sun City
Avrile Remy- The Gardens of Sun City
Karla Villa Preciado- Wellsprings Therapy Center of Gilbert


Some Past Live A Dream Recipients

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Darrell is a 54 year old paraplegic and a huge Arizona Cardinals fan. His “dream” was to go to a Cardinals game to cheer his team on.  The Foundation made his dream a reality so that for one Sunday he could feel like a normal, healthy guy.  Darrell was surprised by the generosity of his facility and the AHCF. He was given tickets, a Cardinals hat, shirt, lanyard, and $100 spending cash for the game!  For Darrell, it really was Christmas in November.


Steven Sunshine Village 2

Steven is 65 years old and has been suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s with Posterior Cortical Atrophy. His wife and daughter were unable to meet his care needs and he has been living at a memory care facility. With his daughter graduating college up north, the family feared that Steven would not have the opportunity to see his daughter in her cap and gown. Through the Live a Dream Program, Steven was given a caregiver and transportation to Flagstaff to see his daughter walk across the stage.

Charles Guitar


Lee is a former musician who enjoyed playing Country Western music. However, health issues and a damaged guitar forced a hold on the musician’s passion. With the help of the Arizona Health Care Foundation, Lee was given a second chance to perform again with a new guitar and a case. Lee and his facility are blessed with his talented musical skills through his guitar and smooth vocals.

Susan La Canada



Susan is a wonderful and giving person who lost the support of her family early on in her facility stay. With a limited income, Susan was in a hard position- trying to balance necessities and desperately needing new clothes. Her “Dream” was to go on a shopping spree.
Through the Live a Dream Program, Susan was able to do just that and has been strutting her new wardrobe ever since.


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JoJo is a 30-year-old mother of three who became a quadriplegic after a tragic motor vehicle accident in 2011. Other than some slight neck movement, JoJo’s only physical independence is her smile. JoJo required dental work to prevent teeth extraction, leaving a space in her smile. Through the Foundation and the support of her facility, JoJo was able to get her much needed dental work to recapture her beautiful smile.


In all instances, lives were changed—and not only were the residents enriched, but also the staff and families of the recipients.

How You Can Help

Tributes — a unique, personal, and caring gift to honor a friend, family member, or colleague for special occasions such as holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation, and more.

Memorials — celebrate the memory of a special person who has passed away When you make a tribute or memorial gift, the Arizona Health Care Foundation will send an acknowledgement to your honoree informing them of your kindness and generosity. The acknowledgement will be sent to anyone you specify and the amount of your gift will not be mentioned.

Donations — consider a general contribution to the Foundation to help AHCF continue granting Live A Dream Awards and Education Scholarships to deserving applicants.

Wills and Other Planned Giving — allows you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial planning needs, and may include annuities, trusts, and bequests. All planned gifts, large and small, help to further the goals of the Foundation.