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 1990. 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.
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.