History/Mission

 

 

 

A cancer diagnosis brings normal life to a screeching halt, followed by an uncontrollable wave of emotions and anxiety about the unknown. Replacing fear with HOPE has been the mission of CanCare since it was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 1990 to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. CanCare has an ever-deepening legacy of being there for individuals, caregivers, employers and faith communities that want to provide customized, confidential support to anyone impacted directly or indirectly by cancer.

Founded by Anne Shaw Turnage, a survivor of colon cancer, CanCare has grown into a network of trained volunteers including survivors, family members of survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support, information and cancer related resources. Survivors of more than 75 different types of cancer are the heartbeat of the organization, providing hope, friendship and even hospital visitations for those battling cancer.

Anne Shaw Turnagesurvivor of colon cancer with metastasis to the liver, founder of CanCare

Cancer and volunteering with other cancer patients has taught me how to listen…and that’s been a huge benefit for me in life.

– Sonya