As the father of two, Mike Barro, co-owner of Arizona-based Barro’s Pizza, has a caring heart for children fighting cancer—and, of course, for their parents and families. That’s why his company, which has 48 locations in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, does its part every year to support the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children (ACFC).

On April 4, Barro’s Pizza sponsored a telethon benefiting the ACFC in a partnership with Phoenix TV station KPNX. Barro’s contributed $40,000 to the cause, raising the total raised to more than $75,000.

The ACFC is a local nonprofit that helps Arizona families with the high costs and challenging logistics of caring for their children undergoing cancer treatment. “This organization does such amazing work in our community, helping families that have a child with cancer,” Barro said. “We can’t even imagine what these families are going through. As a father myself, it’s just heartbreaking.”

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“Each June, for the last seven years, we’ve hosted a fundraiser for Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, but we wanted to do more,” he added. “So, when this [telethon] opportunity was presented to us, we jumped at the chance.”

Since its support for the ACFC began, Barro’s has raised a total of $221,630 for the nonprofit, according to the Barro’s website. Additionally, for the eighth year, all Barro’s Pizza locations will donate proceeds, up to $40,000, from the sale of any lunch special to ACFC in June.

in this photo, a Barro's executive presents an oversized check for $40,000 while another Barro's executive talks to a TV reporter

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“We are so grateful for Barro’s Pizza’s continued support,” said Chrisie Funari, president and founder of Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. “They have been so generous over the last seven years, so their additional support for our first telethon meant the world to us. We are also looking forward to the upcoming fundraiser that they do each June. We really can’t thank them enough!”

Barro’s has supported other worthy local causes since it was founded in 1980, including the St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. On the first Tuesday in December, Barro’s hosts the Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight and donates 100% of proceeds from all store sales to the food bank. That initiative has raised more than $2.5 million for Arizonans facing food insecurity.

That’s not all. Since 2012 Barro’s Pizza has partnered with Dr. Pepper on the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, providing more than $95,000 in tuition scholarships to Arizona students.

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