You are Not Meant to Face Cancer Alone

Connect with CanCare to have a survivor by your side

From the moment you hear the words “you have cancer”, life changes dramatically. The flood of emotions and decisions can be overwhelming, and it is easy to feel alone—even surrounded by family and loved ones. CanCare has been creating life-changing connections for those facing cancer and their loved ones for more than 30 years. We envision a world where no one faces cancer alone.

CanCare matches people currently facing a cancer diagnosis with a cancer survivor to walk alongside you and offer support as you navigate your treatment and the life changes that come with your diagnosis. We also match cancer caregivers and loved ones with support from those that have walked the path of loving and caring for someone with cancer.

Sometimes hope can come from multiple sources. Hearing different perspectives and connecting with others who are facing cancer can complement a one-on-one connection. CanCare offers a support group for Stage IV survivors as well as a support group for Caregivers. Wherever you are in your cancer journey, CanCare is committed to connecting you with a voice of hope.

CanCare’s Survivor and Caregiver volunteers will meet you where you are with empathy, understanding, and hope. If you have questions about symptoms, a family situation, are wondering what to expect, or just want someone to compare notes with—a CanCare Survivor or Caregiver Volunteer can help.

“My CanCare volunteer really just knew exactly what to say and what not to say and seemed to just instinctively know how I was feeling.”

-Florence M., cancer caregiver

Connecting with a CanCare Survivor or Caregiver Volunteer is simple. Below are the next steps for experiencing the hope that our mighty community can provide:

  1. Once you are ready to connect with a CanCare volunteer, please complete the form below.
  2. A CanCare team member will reach out within 24-48 hours to learn more about you and to connect you with a survivor who has a similar cancer experience.
  3. Your cancer survivor volunteer will then reach out to walk alongside you and share in your journey.

“Being matched with Leonard was the best thing that ever happened to me. He became my go-to guy throughout my entire cancer journey. Leonard was someone that I felt very comfortable with – if I had to cry, I could cry with him. He helped me survive cancer, and today Leonard is family to me.”

-Michael, acute myeloid leukemia survivor, CanCare volunteer

“He knew when I needed a phone call, a supportive voice message, someone with which to pray, and just a very big set of listening ears. He has been a rock through all of this…I have friends for life. A long life…God bless everyone who gives of their time to this wonderful organization.”

-Tim T., stage 2 prostate cancer survivor

Join One of Our Virtual Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Group
3rd Friday of each month @ 12 PM CST
At our support group for cancer caregivers, you will hear from one of our CanCare volunteer caregivers and have an opportunity to share your journey with other caregivers – through listening and/or sharing.

Virtual Stage IV Cancer Support Group
2nd Friday of each month @ 12:00 PM CST
Join us to hear from one of our CanCare volunteer survivors of stage IV cancer and have an opportunity to share the journey with others living with a similar diagnosis.

Contact Kris at [email protected] to join these zoom gatherings.

One-On-One Emotional Support FAQs

Who does CanCare provide support for?

CanCare support is available to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, as well as those who care for someone who has/had cancer.

Is there a cost for CanCare’s services?

All of CanCare’s support services are free to cancer patients and caregivers thanks to the generous support of our donors.

Who will I be paired with?

CanCare will match you with a cancer survivor or caregiver with similar cancer and treatment history. Fill out our simple form to get started!

 

How long does it take to be matched?

Matches are generally made within 24-48 hours of receipt of the request. A CanCare team member will reach out to you if for any reason there is a delay in making a match.

How do I request a match?

To request a match, complete our match request form. The more information you provide on the request form, the better match our CanCare team members will be able to make. If you have any difficulty completing the form or would like to speak to a CanCare team member, you can call us at 888-461-0028.

Is there any way to receive support sooner?

Yes! Survivor volunteers are available via phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Central time. These volunteers are cancer survivors available to speak with you about your concerns but may not have the same cancer type and treatment. For a specific match, we encourage you to request support from our matching program.

Are there any other ways to receive support?

Yes, we offer virtual support groups for Caregivers and Stage IV cancer patients. If you are interested in participating in a virtual support group, email us at [email protected] You can also submit a prayer request by visiting our Prayer Request page or emailing us at [email protected]

What is the difference between CanCare’s service and therapy?

CanCare stands apart from traditional psychotherapy or counseling by offering a sense of community. We have a passion for providing one-on-one emotional support with a carefully-matched volunteer caregiver or cancer survivor. We know how important it is to have someone in your corner that has been where you are.

Who can I speak to if I have questions?

You may call the CanCare office at 888-461-0028 or email us at [email protected] We know the toll the treatment process can take on a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. From phone calls and one-on-one visits to support groups, we are here for you. We’re so committed to assisting you every step of the way, CanCare offers emotional support even up to a year after your treatment is completed.

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