You are Not Meant to Endure Cancer Alone

Cancer is hard, but it doesn’t have to be lonely.

That’s why CanCare’s single focus is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Our 600+ trained volunteers have survived cancer, and they want to help you do the same for yourself – or a loved one! Whether you need encouragement or want to give it, CanCare is the place for you. Support is available over the phone, via email and in person – one time or on an ongoing basis.

In 1990 with an anonymous gift and the support of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Anne Shaw Turnage, a colon cancer survivor, Founded CanCare. Faith continues to be an avenue of great hope as more than 300,000 “Annes” have received one-on-one support in their fight with cancer since that time — and more than 100 congregations provide a growing faith network of donations and volunteers.

An inspirational story of cancer survivorship and friendship of two CanCare support volunteers, Leonard Donaldson and Michael Wiesenthal.

CanCare is a network of trained volunteers including cancer survivors, family members of cancer survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support, information and resources to others facing cancer.

Support for Cancer Patients

Cancer survivors of more than 75 different types of cancer volunteer for CanCare to provide emotional support to those currently facing a battle with cancer. A patient is matched with a CanCare volunteer for one-on-one emotional support based on a variety of criteria including cancer site, treatments, age and gender. Generally, support is provided over the phone and sometimes through email, and we encourage those who are matched with someone in the same geographical area to make an effort to meet in person.

Support for Family Members

CanCare knows that when a patient is going through treatment, it can be difficult and emotional for loved ones as well, so we also have family members of survivors ready to provide emotional support to family members of cancer patients. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer and you need someone to talk to, CanCare can match you with a caregiver of a cancer survivor for one-on-one emotional support.

Hospital Visitation Programs

CanCare volunteers regularly visit cancer patients in Houston area hospitals through our Hospital Visitation Program. Our volunteers help patients and their family members feel cared for, by serving as a partner to the medical team and offering emotional support beyond their medical needs.

Messengers of Hope

Calendar of Events


Thursday, July 13th– Next Step Class

Tuesday, July 25th– Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, August 19th– Volunteer Convention

Wednesday, September 6th– Speaker Series: Conquering the Unknown with author John Butler

Thursday, September 21st– Hospital Training



24th CanCare Golf Classic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2016 Media Contact: Cristina Vetrano Phone: 713-461-0028 CanCare 24th Annual Golf Tournament and Banquet. Monday, October 3, 2016 Houston, TX … On behalf of CanCare and the people we serve, we wish to express our sincerest gratitude to...
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Cristina Vetrano: CanCare’s new President and CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2016 Media Contact: Cristina Vetrano Phone: 713-461-0028 CanCare Announces Cristina Vetrano as new President and CEO Houston, TX … Following an extensive search, the CanCare Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Cristina...
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Devon Still: Keynote Speaker of 22nd Annual Survivors Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2016 Media Contact: Cristina Vetrano Phone: 713-461-0028 CanCare Announces Devon Still, NFL Houston Texans Defensive End and Proud Father of Cancer Fighter, Leah Still, as Keynote Speaker for the 22nd Annual National Cancer Survivors...
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