Sun Devil Family Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created primarily for the purpose of raising funds to provide financial assistance to Arizona State University alumni, students, staff, and immediate family members adversely affected by medical issues.
Our SDFC Cares program allows qualified individuals to request financial assistance by completing an application and submitting verification of medical expenses, which are evaluated by our Patient Services committee.
Monetary donations are always appreciated and support those in need due to an unexpected medical condition. We also have volunteer and sponsorship opportunities during our annual corn hole tournament.
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The roots of Sun Devil Family Charities started with the SAVEJOE Foundation, which was created by former Arizona State University offensive guard Joe Cajic in 1998. Cajic was in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant to cure Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. The SAVEJOE Foundation was established for the purpose of addressing three major problems affecting bone marrow donation: education, funding, and recruitment. This foundation worked closely with Arizona State University, United Blood Services, the National Marrow Donor Program, the City of Hope/Samaritan Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, and the Leukemia Society of America. Through the cooperative efforts of these organizations and with the assistance of the local business community, the SAVEJOE Foundation was active in pursuing solutions to the problems facing bone marrow donation and assisting the thousands of “Joes” requiring bone marrow transplants. Amazingly, through blood drives and subsidizing the costs of increasing the bone marrow registry, a lifesaving bone marrow match for Joe was found, and Joe successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant.
SAVEJOE realized that providing assistance to those with medical hardships had become a regular part of their lives. At the same time, Joe Cajic had recovered from his bone marrow transplant, and SAVEJOE decided it was time to create an all-volunteer public charity that would provide financial assistance to those connected to Arizona State University experiencing medical hardship. The result was a nonprofit, public charity committed to serving students, past students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Arizona State University. Sun Devil Family Charities was born.
SDFC Cares is the flagship program through which Sun Devil Family Charities provides financial assistance to qualified applicants. Individuals and their immediate families who have an affiliation with Arizona State University and are facing financial hardship due to a serious health or medical condition are encouraged to submit an application.
Applicants must have an affiliation with Arizona State University, inclusive of past and current students, faculty, and/or staff, in order to qualify. If you have any questions regarding your qualification status, please use the form below.