History and Mission
Anne Shaw Turnage
During her treatment, she began to realize the lack of hope among her fellow cancer patients and the impact that it had. Anne thought there had to be a better way to support people walking through cancer beyond what was currently offered. Anne carried this idea with her to Houston when she and her husband, Mac moved in 1989.
During her first year in Houston, Anne balanced her continuing chemotherapy treatment with meetings with leaders of various faith congregations in the area. Her relationship with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church would prove to be the most formative in taking her idea and bringing it to fruition. At the end of a service on a Sunday, then lead pastor, Tom Tewell, announced the church’s decision to help Anne’s vision and encouraged anyone interested in supporting her efforts to stay after the service. A group stayed after the service that day along with two anonymous donors who generously donated $10,000 to get Anne’s idea up and running. This support helped Anne establish CanCare in 1990.
Today, more than 300,000 “Annes” have received one-on-one support while they faced cancer!
30 Years Of Highlights | 1990-2020
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