Dad Kevin and boys

“The Singletons are an extended family. They took me in like they knew me.
It’s a no-judgement organization. They don’t know who you are or where you came from.

And it doesn’t matter. I was perfectly stable and fine until I got hit with cancer, and it changed my whole world from that day.”

Kevin is a Singletons father fighting a very rare form of cancer. At 34 years old, Kevin worked hard as a superintendent in construction to support his two boys as a single dad. Being a young man in his prime, nothing could have prepared him for what was to come.

On a quiet afternoon in October 2018, Kevin fainted and broke his neck falling down in his hallway at home. The fall broke his neck and his oldest son, just 8 years old at the time, found him and bravely called for help.

Doctors were stumped by what could have caused this to happen to an otherwise seemingly healthy, strong young man. After 4 grueling days of testing in the hospital, doctors found a tiny “erosion in the vertebrae” on his neck. A bone biopsy was performed on the C2 vertebrae where a bilateral fracture had occurred. Doctors rushed the pathology and he was diagnosed with a Hi-grade Chondrosarcoma.

Only 115 people in the world have been documented as having this type of cancer – since 1912. There is very little research about it and to make it even more rare, his tumor was found on his spine, not a limb they could amputate as they tend to treat it. The cancer was determined so aggressive, they had to remove all of the vertebrae between his head and his shoulders. They said if he woke up at all, there was a good chance that he would be paralyzed. He had a 30% chance of surviving the surgery.

Exactly one month after his fall, he underwent 15 hours of invasive surgery. The doctors didn’t know if he would make it, but he did.

Not only did he wake up, but to the astonishment of the doctors, he had no brain damage and was not paralyzed.

He is a fighter.

His mom became his greatest advocate and came across information for The Singletons just before Christmas in December 2018. To Kevin’s surprise, The Singletons was able to provide a complete Christmas for his boys. “It was spur of the moment, but they did everything when I couldn’t do a thing.”

“They took me in like they knew me. It’s a no-judgement organization. They don’t know who you are or where you came from. And it doesn’t matter. I was perfectly stable and fine until I got hit with cancer and it changed my whole world from that day.”

“I consider Jody to be a sister. Everyone there. The Singletons are an extended family to me and my boys.”

You can often find Kevin’s smiling face watching his boys have fun at The Singletons events. “They boys always love coming to The Singletons.” 

After surgery with clean margins and intense radiation – six times the strength of regular radiation that put him at risk again for paralysis – Kevin was cleared as being cancer free. In September 2019, a new 5mm spot appeared on his lungs and was determined to be untreatable by oncologists.

Kevin quickly turned to alternative medicines and he’s not done fighting. He’s currently using Rick Simpson Oil and has a scan coming up to see how he’s responding. He is always looking into potential options, including clinical trials, treatments overseas, and hoping the alternative treatments will keep the cancer at bay. “I will always have cancer. It’s just the reality. But I need to manage it.”

His number one goal is being there long enough to make sure his boys “turn out to be good human beings.” He says he doesn’t care about anything else. “If I didn’t have my boys, I would have given up a long time ago.”

His fight is not over. And thanks to our community partners, The Singletons will make sure Kevin and his boys don’t have to do it alone.

Kevin, thank you for sharing your story with us. Thanks for sharing your courage with us too. Keep doing what you’re doing, friend.

Singletons Mom Jen

Jen first found a lump in her breast on a cool September day in 2013 while playing with her 3-year old son. Her doctors found it was benign. But five months later, she found another lump, this time it was a very aggressive form of breast cancer, two tumors barbelled together.

Arizona Tax Credits

Are you taking advantage of the Arizona tax credits available to reduce the amount of income tax you have to pay? If not, you should be. There are a number of opportunities available to benefit The Singletons and other schools and organizations—and contributing may not cost you a dime!

A tax credit gives you much more ‘bang for the buck’ than a deduction. A deduction reduces your taxable income, while a credit actually removes your tax liability – dollar for dollar.  If you owe, the donation will reduce the amount owed, dollar for dollar.  If you’re getting a refund, the credit will increase your refund, dollar for dollar.

Even better than that, you actually have until you file your Arizona tax return to make a retroactive contribution to the organization of your choice for the prior tax year. In other words, if you sit down in front of your tax professional on April 14th, and realize that you owe a tax payment to the Arizona Department of Revenue, you can make a payment to one or more charitable organizations instead. If you’re getting a refund, but still want to make a contribution, you can increase your Arizona refund dollar for dollar.

And you’re not just limited to one or two of theses credits. If you have enough tax liability, you can actually donate to all five of the credits listed below.  That means, a married couple filing jointly can effectively eliminate up to $4,869 in Arizona tax liability. Talk about voting with your dollar! If you contribute more than your liability for the year, you can roll those credits forward against future tax liability for up to five years.

For all of these credits, you no longer need to itemize your deductions in order to take advantage of them.  Sounds like a win-win-win for the taxpayer and the organization receiving the donation. Here are just a few of the tax credit opportunities available.

Personal Tax Credits

  • Qualifying Charitable Organizations – Formerly the Working Poor credit, these contributions go to organizations that provide medical care, childcare, shelter, and job training services to low income Arizona residents. The Singletons is just one of the many organizations that qualify for this credit.
  • Qualifying Foster Care Organization Credit is a relatively new credit, first available for the 2013 tax year. Each of these organizations provide services to more than 200 Arizona foster children.
  • Public School Tax Credit – Arizona taxpayers can contribute to an Arizona public school. You can even count your child’s activity fees paid to their public school. Schools use these credits to help fund extracurricular activities, character education programs, prep materials for standardized testing and other qualifying activities.
  • Individual Private School Tuition Credits – Two private school tuition tax credits are available for individual taxpayers—if you contribute more than the maximum credit to a private school tuition organization, the remainder of your contribution may roll over to the certified school tuition organization credit. This effectively doubles the amount you may contribute to the tuition organization of your choice.

When you support an organization like the Singletons, you are effectively designating exactly where you’d like your Arizona tax dollars to go. The organization that you choose gets 100% of your donation, and you ultimately get all of that money back in reduction of your Arizona tax liability.  What could be better than that?


Credit Single, Head of Household, Married filing separately limit Married filing jointly limit Deadline
Qualifying Charitable Org. (Form 321) $400 $800 April 15th of the following year
Qualifying Foster Care Org. (Form 321) $500 $1,000 April 15th of the following year
Public School (Form 322) $200 $400 April 15th of the following year
Private School Tuition / Certified School Tuition (Form 323 / 348) $1,135 for 2019, indexed annually for inflation $2,269 for 2019, indexed annually for inflation April 15th of the following year
Arizona Military Family Relief Fund $200 $400 Capped at a total of $1 million per year.


Find out more about how you can support The Singletons via the Arizona Charitable Tax credit here.


Special thanks to Stacy Herman Lang, with Lang Accounting Services, PLLC , for being a community partner to The Singletons and providing us with this valuable information.  Stacy Herman Lang is an Arizona CPA, specializing in personal and small business taxes. She is also a Certified Profit First Professional for small business. Her business – Lang Accounting Services, PLLC, is located in Tempe and has been in operation since 2008. Stacy has lived in the Phoenix area since 1982.


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Cancer & Finances

When you are sick, the last thing you want to worry about is how to manage unexpected medical expenses. But that’s the reality for millions of Americans every year, and at some point it’s something everyone will likely deal with.

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It’s not unusual to find families gathered around a table for a Sunday night dinner. The Singletons Kitchen program has always been a staple in the services we provide, but something special has started on Sunday nights for these single parents with cancer and their children. Read more

Chelsea Cabanillas Volunteer

At a networking event in 2010, Chelsea Cabanillas met  the evening’s speaker, Ginnie Rowe, from The Singletons Board of Directors. The Singletons mission, to offer practical support to single parent families  diagnosed with cancer, immediately spoke to Chelsea’s heart.  In her words, “I was hooked. I had to get involved.” Read more

AZ Tax Credit

Dear Supporters!

As the founder of The Singletons, I have always referred to the organization as my fourth child.  The Singletons, just like any child, has brought me a countless amount of proud “mama” moments, a few tears and an endless amount of hope for the future.

I believe, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  The Singletons is a unique organization built on the simple concept of supporting each other through life’s struggles. We are an innovative organization whom focus on day-to-day needs that people take for granted, as well as the emotional and financial stress of facing cancer.  The Singleton’s vision of being the village that raises a family out of desperation and despair has endured.

The Singleton mission is driven by these straightforward yet impactful goals;

  • Promote time spent as a family
  • Provide practical household support
  • Relieve the family budget
  • Reduce the level of stress within the home


As Singleton Mom, Tiffany, puts it, “I felt so much stronger for having The Singletons.  I feel like a transformed person taking that stress away.  Feeling that gratitude, support and love, turned my emotional world around. ”

Raising a family has its challenges regardless.  Raising a family as a single parent amplifies the stress.  Add a terrifying cancer diagnosis into the mix, along with exhausting treatments, all the while trying to raise a family as a single parent is nearly impossible.  The strength our Singleton Families radiate is truly inspiring.  They are the heartbeat of the organization.

  • 60% of the families that The Singletons serve have a parent with stage 4, incurable cancer
  • 66% of Singleton Parents with cancer or with a child with cancer are not able to work
  • 73% do not receive child support

Other organizations may address one of these issues, but none provide the programs to address all of these intertwined areas of life, nor do they focus on the single parent population.


Over the course of a year, a Singleton Family will have the opportunity to receive $5,000 in assistance through programs such as; utility bills, family style dinners, restocking of household necessities, Holiday gifts and fun family activities.  This is UNPARALLELED support!  Although it is no easy task, we rely completely on the generosity of individuals, groups and corporations in our community.


In 2018, adjustments and cuts to our one-of-a-kind program operations had to be made.    However, the need continues to grow.  I have always tried to find the bright side of a situation but this has to be said, “We have had a difficult go of it lately!” Since the organization’s inception in 2006, the last 18 months have proven to be our most challenging. Donations have been historically low.


Your charitable gift to The Singletons will help single parent families battling cancer in Arizona today and it qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (QCO Code: 21020).  ADDITIONALLY, by making your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit through the Executive Council Charities and their Support Arizona Youth (SAY) Campaign;  They will match 25% of your donation to The Singletons.  Now your gift is MAGNIFIED!

I am endlessly grateful for your generosity!  The Singletons would be unable to give the love, support and caring nature our programs provide if not for you.  Together, we are…. Meeting the Needs of Today…. Providing Hope for Tomorrow!

With Gratitude,

Jody Farley Signature




Jody Farley
Executive Director/ Founder
The Singletons

Singleton Kitchen

The Singletons Kitchen is one of the core pillars of The Singletons program. Its purpose is to provide delicious family-style meals, made with fresh ingredients and offer a simple answer to the ever-present question, “What’s for dinner?  And portions are generous enough to leave a few leftovers, too!

Singleton parents wishing to receive meals simply sign up each month on our parent portal and select which type of protein they prefer ~ chicken, beef, pork, or seafood.  A variety of meals are ordered by The Singletons at Dream Dinners, and assembled once a month by wonderful volunteer groups (who register to participate by contacting The Singletons office).  When meal-prep is finished, we freeze the meals until the third Saturday of each month. Families receive their entrees, some sides and /or breakfast pockets at the same time they receive their Bare Necessities bundles.


What happens when a group arrives at Dream Dinners?  Our Singletons Kitchen Hostess(es) along with Dream Dinners staff will be there to greet them. They’ll hear The Singletons story and then get quick instructions about how to put the meals together. Volunteers split up around the room, 2-3 at each station.   They each follow well marked recipes, and create delicious meals with provided utensils, kitchen tools and packaging. They measure the already chopped, sliced and grated ingredients – the same foods you’d have in your own kitchen.  Every meal includes easy-to-cook instructions and is stored in the refrigerator until they are taken to The Singletons freezers.


We like to say that these are kid-friendly meals, not only for the taste, but also because even a child as young as 11 or so can put dinner together, with just a little supervision from Mom or Dad.


Check out our calendar for available dates and more information on how to book this volunteer event.