Honoring Cindy Craver: The Joy Bus

THIS amazing person on the right is the Arizona Budokan's beloved Sarah Craver, who has trained with us at the dojo since she was a little girl.

Just behind her is one of the most loving, joyful, fierce, caring, and powerful women I have ever met--Sarah's mother, Cindy Craver. Beautiful Cindy ended her brave and valiant battle with cancer just a few weeks ago, and in her too-short time on this earth inspired everyone who had the privilege to know her. She was a passionate believer in life and in no-excuses personal effort, an unshakable optimist in the face of what would crumble most of us, and a dedicated friend, mother, wife, and community supporter.

The Arizona Budokan would like to honor her legacy and celebrate her life by doing what she did--being of service to those in need. The Joy Bus is a local non-profit organization that delivers warm, nutritious, chef-inspired meals to homebound cancer patients throughout the Valley. It was founded by Cindy's dear friend Jennifer Carraway, and Sarah and her family tell us that Cindy loved the group and its mission.

Please join us in giving whatever you can to support those who continue on with the fight that Cindy waged with such integrity, strength, and grace. Our goal is to raise $2,500 in contributions and create a plaque in Cindy's honor at the Joy Bus Diner opening soon at 3375 E. Shea Blvd. in Phoenix--just a couple miles from the dojo and the Cravers' home. Jennifer will use our contributions and 100% of the diner proceeds to fund her mission of serving those battling cancer in the Valley with a hot meal and warm personal companionship.

We want to present the funds to Jennifer and her team by April 22, so if you would like to contribute, please do so now.

If you also have time, we encourage you to get involved with The Joy Bus in other ways to further celebrate Cindy's life and legacy while making a meaningful impact on our community. They are always looking for volunteers to help with their meal delivery service, and the Joy Bus Diner will soon be a great place to grab a compassion-powered homecooked bite as well!

You can learn more about Jennifer's amazing organization and the upcoming Diner here .

May we all strive to bring as much optimism, energy, love, and sheer joy to our lives as the awe-inspiring Cindy Craver. You will be missed, beautiful angel.

Much love to you all.

Dawn Croft
The Arizona Budokan

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Organizer and beneficiary

Dawn Croft 
Phoenix, AZ
Jennifer Caraway 
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