History & Mission

CanCare is a mighty community of survivors who lift up and inspire cancer patients and caregivers through one-on-one emotional support, empathy and hope to ensure no one endures cancer alone. 

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 important to CanCare since it was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 1990CanCare 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.

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 while they faced cancer since that time—and more than 30 congregations provide a growing faith network of donations and volunteers.

CanCare Values


We bring hope through survivorship to those with cancer and their caregivers.


We ensure no one seeking our assistance experiences cancer alone.


We hold our relationship with those whom we serve as a sacred trust. We maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all our clients.


We strive to build goodwill in the communities that we serve.

27 Years of Highlights | 1990-2017


Volunteers Trained

Trained more than 1,750 support volunteers with more than 75 different types of cancer.


Received Support

More than 22,000 individuals received one-on-one support


Hospital Visits

Have made more than 138,376 hospital visits to patients and caregivers at our 27 medical partner facilities in Texas, Georgia and Colorado.



Served 179,280 people with one-time listening support, information and resources.