Anne Shaw Turnage, a survivor of colon cancer with liver metastasis since 1973, founded the organization in 1990 and envisioned a cancer support network that changed lives by training cancer survivors and caregivers to work one-on-one with newly diagnosed cancer patients and their caregivers. Through collaborations with multiple congregations and the help of the Houston community, CanCare was created.  Twenty-nine years later, CanCare stands strong with Anne’s support by their side. The Anne Turnage Giving Society has been formed to support CanCare’s three primary program services to the cancer community:  (1) one-on-one, long-term emotional support for cancer patients and their caregivers; (2) visitation to cancer patients and caregivers in partner hospitals, clinics and treatment centers, (3) post-cancer survivorship program for cancer survivors to establish and achieve self-determined goals related to their health and wellness after cancer treatment.


The Anne Turnage Giving Society is looking for 25 founders to launch this unique society. Giving Society members will have yearly access to exclusive health and wellness workshops and presentations, and will attend a yearly Luncheon that will highlight the successes of CanCare. Members make personal gifts of $1,000 or more annually, which can be paid in one lump sum by January 31st or in monthly installments with the last payment due on December 31st.

Thank you to our current Anne Turnage Giving Society Founding Members 

Ali Snow
Anne Turnage
Bille Carole McMillian
Candy Arentz
Carol Lee Robertson
Cristina Vetrano
Donna Lewis
Emily Prus
Estela Cockrell
Gretchen Booth

Jennifer Doherty
Kay Kurisky
Liz Frederick
Megan Vondra
Pat Hogan-Korge
Peggy Heil
Roseann Schneider
Shelaghmichael Brown
Tracy Jones
Valerie Howell


2019 Giving Society Member Events
April 24th
– How to Manage Stress and Anxiety
Presented by: Kris Kerlin, Marriage and Family Therapy MS
Ali Snow, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

May 29th– Masterclass: How to Clean Up Those Skincare, Beauty and Wellness Routines with Nontoxic Products
Presented by Estela Cockrell, Swich2Pure Founder

July 10th– Summer Social
Graciously Hosted by: Define: Valerie Howell, CanCare Volunteer & Giving Society Member

September 12th– Wellness Crawl
Hosted by: Define: body & mind and Modern Acupuncture

October 24th– Clean Beauty and Wellness Products
Presented by: Laura Lemon, Lemon Laine Founder and CEO

November 7th-Anti- Cancer Cooking Class
Presented by: Erika Jenschke MS, RD, LD, Memorial Herman Oncology Nutrition and Keri Henry, Founding Member Scout and Cellar

To learn more about the Anne Turnage Giving Society, please contact Valerie at [email protected].

Giving Society Founding Member Donna Lewis and husband Norman Lewis with founding member Cristina Vetrano.
Giving Society Founding Members Megan Vondra and Shelaghmichael Brown
Giving Society Founding Members Tracy Jones and Ali Snow

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