A Survivor By Your Side

Providing Hope to Those Facing Cancer

You Are Not Meant to Endure Cancer Alone

Cancer is hard, but it doesn’t have to be lonely.

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CanCare envisions a world where no one faces cancer alone. We provide hope and healing to the cancer community by ensuring anyone facing cancer can have a survivor by their side. Our 500+ trained volunteers walk alongside those facing cancer as they navigate treatment and the life changes that come with a cancer diagnosis.

Whether you need or want to give encouragement, CanCare is the place for you! No matter if you need cancer support in Texas, or if you're located anywhere else in the country, emotional support is available over the phone, via text, email and in person – one time or on an ongoing basis.

Who We Are

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

Testimonials

cancer survivor volunteer
Frank Solano
Volunteer

“Cancer gave me the compassion to support others with cancer, to listen to and talk about life’s journey with cancer.”
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Valerie
Client & Volunteer

"I contacted CanCare and spoke to a woman who had faced and won the battle I was fighting. I felt so uplifted and re-energized to continue fighting and accept what was happening."
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Ron & Ina
Client & Volunteers

"One morning while in Houston Methodist Hospital for transplant, a CanCare volunteer knocked on the door. He sat and shared with Ron and Ina about his time not just in the same hospital, but in the very same room as Ron! That day they found a new best friend in this CanCare volunteer. Ron and Ina both took a deep breath, seeing a survivor walking and sharing his story and listening to theirs. It was uplifting for both and gave them a sense of hope."
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Peyton
Client

"I am a proud supporter of CanCare! Without CanCare, I think I could still be searching for someone that understands my specific challenges and perhaps would still be struggling with how to move forward."
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cancer survivor and caregiver
Lynn Joye
Volunteer

"The fact that CanCare screens and trains their volunteers and that they can match a request from a patient or caregiver looking for support within 48 hours brings me so much peace.  Cancer can be a serious problem and if I can be a part of helping someone’s cancer experience be a little bit easier or lighter, I feel like my own cancer had a purpose."
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Berit
Berit
Volunteer

"The service CanCare provides in any community cannot be measured in hours or number of people affected.  The goodness that pours out from volunteers and staff is so far reaching.  It is not only the client who benefits by the support, but the client’s family can see the good it does for their loved one."
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Kenny
Kenny
Volunteer

"I now have one CanCare client that had cancer in his tonsils just like I did. When we spoke the first time, he helped me as much as I helped him. It felt good and also reminded me what I endured and overcame. CanCare keeps me focused on my health and giving back to others. Giving back is a great reward."

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Tim
Tim
Client

"There were many other positives along the way. I cannot share all of our conversations, but I will say that CanCare is where I received the advice that allowed me to get back into the game of life."

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Ginger
Ginger
Client

"CanCare provides me with a resource that I need. There are not enough adjectives to describe the professional dedication of this organization’s staff and volunteers. I am blessed to be a part of this."
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Larry
Larry
Volunteer

"She was in a wheelchair and had just recently been diagnosed.  She was slumped down in her wheelchair looking like she had lost her last friend. I introduced myself and told her that I was a stage 4 tongue cancer survivor. She got a big smile on her face, straightened up in her wheelchair, and asked, ”YOU ARE?” She was surprised. It was obvious I made a big impact on her but what she didn’t realize was how big an impact she made on me." 
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Ricardo, Client and survivor
Ricardo
Volunteer

"I was very thankful that he took the time to visit patients goung through a rough time like myself. It made me feel like there was hope and that if he made, I could too."
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Maria Ayyat and her mom
Maria Ayyat
Client & Caregiver

"As a client of CanCare and as a caregiver, I felt witnessed and heard. My CanCare mentor-volunteer was actually an ovarian cancer survivor. Usually, CanCare ensures cancer patients are matched up with survivors and caregivers are matched with caregivers. I am grateful to this day for CanCare’s creativity in pairing up a volunteer survivor with a caregiver client."
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Iris Gerken
Iris Gerken
Volunteer

"Her desire to 'give back' became stronger after she completed her treatment. Iris wanted to be available to other women who had just received news of their diagnosis. She wanted to offer hope and be a support to them."

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breast cancer survivor and volunteer
Lauren
Volunteer

"CanCare was instrumental in helping me discover how to walk side-by-side with my sister through her health event."

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Teresa: Hope in the Hospital
Hospital Volunteer

"Working as a volunteer at my local hospital by offering emotional support has been a life-changing experience. I started my journey at North Cypress thinking that offering my “help” to cancer patients would be my way of giving back to the community..."
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Jessica G.
Jessica G.
Client

"Nargis has been a pleasure to talk to. She is so sweet and kind and I really enjoy hearing about her experience compared to mine."
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Geanine M.
Geanine M.
Client

"My Cancare volunteer became my friend I love and appreciate Kim!"
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Cheryle L.
Cheryle L.
Client

"I deeply appreciate your help and talking with Wanda has really been helping me through this diagnosis and in sorting through my thoughts and feelings. She is kind, listens, is very comforting, and a wonderful person."
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Katie S.
Katie S.
Client

"This is a great program you have. Nothing like support from someone who really knows what you are going through."

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Janice B.
Janice B.
Client

"I am so grateful and thankful CanCare matched me with Claudette who had kidney cancer in 2001 and has been cancer free all these years. She gave me so much hope and assuaged all my fears about the surgery and outcome. We talked over an hour the first time and we have stayed in touch since my surgery Sept 20. Claudette and I continue in stay in touch and we hope to meet for lunch when I am feeling better. I have already referred a friend to CanCare. She is about to have a double masectomy. Thank You for your program. I am the first in my family to have cancer so had so many questions I forgot to ask the day I received the results of my CT scan."
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Paul P.
Paul P.
Client

"I am forever grateful for Anthony, Tom, and Greg. All have in their own special ways helped me deal with a very difficult situation. Anthony is my rock. Someone who stays in contact and always provides support and encouragement. Tom reaches out and listens to me, and talking helps tremendously. Amazingly, Greg and I share doctors and have the same cancer. Being able to talk with someone who is on a very similar journey brings me comfort and peace."
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Cindy M.
Cindy M.
Client

"My volunteer met with me for several hours over coffee to talk about her fight and answered so many questions I had about my daughter's diagnosis."

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E.A.
E.A.
Client & Loved One

"I thank you very much for offering this service. It help me when I was overwhelmed with my husband's cancer."
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Vicki R.
Vicki R.
Client

"Brenda in Texas is kind and understanding. She gave freedom to contact her anytime. She always gets right back in touch with me. Thank you for having this service available to us cancer patients who live with the unknown. Brenda has wonderful faith that rubs off onto me. Thank you again."
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Mariann M.
Mariann M.
Client

"I am just starting my journey with cancer. My volunteer has been great. Thanks for connecting us!"

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Dan S.
Dan S.
Client

"Wonderful organization and excellent and compassionate service for both staff and volunteers."
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Dennis S.
Dennis S.
Client & Loved One

"My volunteer has been a great help to my wife (tongue cancer)."

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Dallas T.
Dallas T.
Client

"She’s been a huge blessing to my life, amongst this worldwide crisis. I can’t wait to meet her in person when this is all over (or passes us.)"
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Lisa M.
Lisa M.
Client

"Trish was the best I couldn’t have gone through this without her!"

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Melissa D.
Melissa D.
Client

"This is a must! So needed so valuable."

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Patricia A.
Patricia A.
Client

"The response by your team when I reached out was immediate and amazing. I felt their interest and caring was totally sincere."

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