CanCare News

Summer News from CanCare

Dear CanCare Family,  

As we reflect on National Cancer Survivors Month, we are filled with gratitude and  admiration for the strength and resilience of our survivors. This past month  has been a powerful reminder of the incredible journeys our clients have  undertaken, and the hope and inspiration they provide to us all.

We extend our  heartfelt thanks to our donors, clients, and volunteers. Your unwavering  support and dedication enable us to continue to offer comfort and strength  during some of the most challenging times.

We are also  excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, a platform dedicated to  sharing stories of hope, resilience, and triumph. We invite you to tune in,  share with your networks, and help us spread the word about this new  initiative.

Thank you for  being an integral part of the CanCare family. Your contributions, time, and  efforts are truly making a difference. Together, we celebrate our survivors  and look forward to continuing our journey of hope and healing.

With  gratitude,

Darcie  Champagne Wells

President and  CEO, CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

Honoring the Cancer Journey - National Cancer Survivors Month

By: Kris Kerlin,Director of Mission Impact

Wow – what a month it has been! We have celebrated National Cancer Survivors Month all June long in amazing ways – brand new testimonials on our website, our first podcast, and numerous community events  at corporations, hospitals, churches and synagogues. And we’re not stopping now because honoring people on a cancer journey is something that we do all year  long at CanCare.     

Bringing hope and healing to the cancer journey is our purpose. When you’ve been a survivor or caregiver, you can offer something really profound to someone just beginning their journey – compassion and empathy.   

We are so  grateful for our CanCare family – donors, volunteers, clients and community. Together we honor all who are on a cancer journey and those whose journey in now a legacy of their life remembered. 

If you’d like  to give the cancer survivors and caregivers in your life a boost of support please make a tribute  donation in their honor and they will receive an uplifting  message. Please click here: 

For messages of hope from our volunteers, click here to see the new testimonials on our website: 

For stories of client and volunteer relationships watch these video podcasts. Click here: 


Volunteer Highlight

By: Daniella Martinez, Client & Volunteer Relations Specialist

This month we are highlighting  our wonderful volunteer, Clara Lambert.  

Clara is a stage III Lung Cancer survivor. Clara never says no to taking on a client! She shares her love with others facing cancer because she knows the challenges they are  facing very well.  

Clara is a native Texan, where she attended U of H and majored in marketing which led to her career in fashion. Soon after graduating, she  started her own company in image consulting that recently celebrated 40 years  of helping clients create and show the best version of themselves. Clara is an incredibly positive person and believes that how you look affects how you  feel and in turn affects the energy you give. She loves helping people and  has made a career out of it.

Clara is a "plant  mom" and loves growing things in her garden. But sharing her cancer  journey is truly her favorite thing to do. She considers it her “purpose in  life” and believes she survived cancer to help others.

She found CanCare by being a  hospital volunteer and seeing other CanCare volunteers in the radiation  center speaking to clients. She is so involved with the hospital volunteer  program that she is often asked to speak at events and fundraise to bring  awareness to Lung Cancer. Clara is truly immersed in providing support and  shares that “there is no bigger high than to add something positive into  someone’s life”.

When asked about the gift  cancer gave her, she said that cancer has connected her with so many people  all around the US and has connected her with a wonderful community. Clara is  such an inspiration and has clearly found her purpose and CanCare is just grateful  we are a part of her calling.



31st Annual CanCare Golf Classic and Par Tee

Join us for CanCare’s 31st Annual Golf Tournament, a day of fun and philanthropy on the greens! This much-anticipated event brings together golf enthusiasts and  community supporters to raise funds for CanCare's mission of providing  emotional support to cancer patients and their families. Enjoy a round of golf at a premier course, exciting competitions, and the opportunity to make  a meaningful impact.  

Mark your calendars and be part of this cherished tradition!

For more information or to reserve your team, click HERE!



Honor the Survivor in your Life

Even though National Cancer Survivors Month has come to a  close, we continue to honor the strength and resilience of the survivors we  know and love and know that a month is not nearly enough to recognize them.  Their journeys inspire us and remind us of the importance of support and  community during challenging times.  

CanCare invites you to join us in commemorating those who have  faced cancer. Who comes to mind when you think of cancer survivorship?

Your thoughtful tribute can make a profound impact by directly  supporting CanCare's mission: ensuring that no one faces cancer alone. 

Thank you for your continued support and for helping us make a  difference.


May News from CanCare

The Emotions of Cancer

By: Kris Kerlin, Director of Mission Impact                   

When someone is facing cancer we know that it’s not just their body that is affected. Cancer is a whole person experience and a relational experience that affects everyone that loves the person with cancer. It affects thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships, daily activities, sense of meaning and purpose, life force, spirit.      

Emotional support is providing care for the whole person. recognizing that cancer changes everything and creating a space for people to grapple with those changes.      CanCare is a safe zone for emotions and a place where you can be as you are – mad, sad, glad, afraid or any other emotion.

You can be in transition, you can have a good day, a bad day or just a day. There are not too many places that we can focus on the emotional part of ourselves and fewer where we can learn about emotions, how to identify them, express them and manage them.           

Emotional support looks like listening with the heart, hearing the feelings underneath the words and extending non-judgmental empathy. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month this May, allow yourself to attend to the emotional part of yourself.  Reach out for support, express your feelings, share them with someone who will listen and wants to understand, a CanCare volunteer. Give support, attend to feelings in yourself and others, be kind and empathetic, make yourself a safe place for someone else.   

Quote: Henri Nouwen – Listening as Spiritual Hospitality 

"Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings.  

The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. 

Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you."    

Click HERE for a handout on Dealing with Emotions. 









Volunteer Highlight

By: Daniella Martinez, Client & Volunteer Relations Specialist

This month we are highlighting a wonderful volunteer that always goes above and beyond to make sure his clients get what they need. Antony Alvarado is a two-time brain cancer survivor from the age of 9.

He grew up and still lives in  Wilmington, CA in the southern region of Los Angeles. Antony is currently  beginning his senior year of his undergraduate education at the University of  Rochester, in Rochester, NY.

At his university, he studies biochemistry and studio art photography. He is also preparing to apply and enter medical school in the fall of 2023. This is what he had to say about his cancer journey: “My cancer journey at first felt as if my life had been derailed, but over the years I have realized my track was just shifted a bit (or maybe a lot). Eleven years later, and counting, I am a survivor who finds purpose in gardening, photography, and an aspiring career as a physician scientist who will be there to help cancer patients in my efforts as a patient mentor, physician in clinic, and scientist in the laboratory”.      

Antony was a part of the very first CanCare Virtual training, class 100th. Antony shares that during the start of the COVID pandemic and having abruptly moved back home from college, he felt locked in his space. He wanted to have an outlet of connection with others while also minimizing risk of contracting COVID-19. One day as he did some searching on the internet for cancer volunteer programs, he came across CanCare and reached out to us to see if training was available virtually. Two months      later he graduated from training.

Thank you, Antony, for all that you do. We can’t wait to call you Dr. Alvarado!

April News from CanCare

Dear CanCare family,

We are thrilled to celebrate with you CanCare's 34th birthday, marking another year of unwavering commitment to supporting individuals and families affected by cancer. Over these decades, CanCare has become a beacon of hope, providing comfort, guidance, and assistance to those navigating the challenges of cancer.

To our cherished clients, volunteers, and donors, you are the heartbeat of CanCare. Your courage, dedication, and generosity have fueled our mission and touched countless lives. Together, we have forged a community bound by compassion and resilience, ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.

With your continued support, we will persist in our efforts to provide hope, healing, and support to all those affected by cancer. Thank you for standing with us as we embark on another year of service and transformation.

We hope you will join us for our virtual Birthday celebration where we will also be sharing some exciting news for the near future! Details below.

Warmest wishes,

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO, CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

The Legacy of People Helping People

By: Kris Kerlin, Director of Mission Impact

As we celebrate the birthday of CanCare and 34 years of service on April 12th, we also celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Month and all the lives that have been touched by our volunteer CanCare family! Our family is special because of each of you that are part of it! From the original action of one woman, Anne Turnage, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor diagnosed in 1970, a legacy of people helping people has grown into a national outreach with 1:1 matches, onsite healthcare visitations and online support groups.

Our survivorship community is a place of hope and inspiration for all those facing cancer. We share the of hope and inspiration that comes from the will and generosity of spirit to share the cancer journey with one another because we know that we are stronger together. You are making a difference in the lives of people!  We cannot thank you enough.  

We will be celebrating CanCare’s birthday online with a special birthday party. Please come and bring a guest and introduce them to CanCare. We know there are many people that need CanCare that have not heard of us yet. Please spread the word and invite someone to the party, Friday, April 12, 12-1PM Central time. Click HERE to rsvp!

We are growing to reach even more people who need us and we’re looking for people to join our CanCare family. If you, or someone you know is a caregiver (loves someone who has cancer) or is a cancer survivor who is 6-12 months post-treatment, we would love for them to become a CanCare volunteer. Our next training is scheduled for April 25-26. Click HERE to complete the volunteer application and to find out more.

Volunteer Highlight

By: Daniella Martinez, Client & Volunteer Relations Specialist

Meet Larry Latimer!

A true beacon of hope and compassion, Larry is not just your ordinary volunteer—he's a force of positivity and support in the cancer journey!

With 20 years of law enforcement experience and 18 years in the insurance field under his belt, Larry brings a wealth of expertise to the table. But what truly sets him apart is his unwavering commitment to making a difference in people's lives.

Introduced to CanCare in 2007 through his involvement with the Cancer Resource Team at The Woodlands Church, Larry's heart immediately resonated with our mission. Since then, he's been on the front lines, offering comfort and hope to those facing cancer.

As a survivor of stage 4 tongue cancer, Larry's personal journey adds a profound depth to his interactions. His story of triumph over adversity serves as a beacon of inspiration for others facing similar battles.

But Larry's impact doesn't stop there—he's also deeply involved in helping CanCare grow and improve. His dedication and contributions are truly invaluable, and we are incredibly thankful to have him on our team!

Larry, your compassion and dedication shine brightly, and we're grateful for everything you do to make the world a better place. Keep shining, you're a true gem!

CanCare Birthday Celebration

We would like to invite you to be our honored guest at our CanCare Birthday party - celebrating 34 years of providing emotional support to people facing cancer, including you. Without you, we would have nothing to celebrate. Come join your CanCare family, hear from our CEO and volunteers, and celebrate!

The party will be held online on Friday, April 12, at:

1:00p – 2:00p Eastern

12:00p – 1:00p Central

11:00a – 12:00p Mountain

10:00a – 11:00a Pacific

RSVP today at

In Loving Memory of Bernie Fields

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Bernard "Bernie" Fields.

A survivor of T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, Bernie's journey with CanCare began when he joined CanCare in October 2012 as part of Training Class #59. From that moment, he became an unwavering advocate for our mission. Throughout the years, Bernie's dedication shone brightly as he served multiple terms on the Board, where he chaired both the Corporate Relations and the Client & Volunteer Experience committees.

Even in the face of adversity, Bernie's resilience was awe-inspiring. His battle with Thymoma and subsequent Thoracotomy only reinforced his determination and strength. Bernie's sharpness of mind and unwavering spirit left an indelible mark on all those fortunate enough to know him.

Bernie's commitment to CanCare was unparalleled. He tirelessly shared our mission of providing support to those facing cancer, ensuring that no one felt alone in their journey. His efforts in recruiting volunteers and leaders have left a lasting impact on our organization.

In remembrance of Bernie, let us continue to carry forward his legacy of compassion and service. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit will forever live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

2023 CanCare Impact Report

We are thrilled to unveil our 2023 CanCare Impact Report!

Dive into the numbers, stories, and milestones that shaped our 2023 journey of making a difference together.

Thank you to our incredible volunteers, clients, donors, partners, and friends who helped make 2023 a record-breaking year for CanCare in our mission to provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer!

View the 2023 CanCare Impact Report online at or through our QR code.

March News from CanCare

Dear CanCare Family,

As the warmth of spring draws near, we are filled with a profound sense of hope and renewal. Just as nature emerges from its winter slumber, so too do we have the opportunity to embrace this season with fresh perspective and boundless optimism.

Spring is a time of growth, of new beginnings, and of limitless potential. It's a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always the promise of brighter days ahead.

Let's carry this spirit of hope into everything we do at CanCare. Let's continue to support and uplift one another, to reach out with compassion to those in need, and to sow the seeds of positivity wherever we go.

Together, let's make this season a beacon of hope for all who cross our path.

Warmest wishes,

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO, CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

The Season of Hope

After the dark gray days of winter, comes spring.  Filled with color and scent, light and bright, HOPE.  

What is it that you are hoping for right now in your life?  

Even though what we hope for may change based on where we are in our lives -waiting, treatment, recovery, caregiving - may you always have a sense of something to wish for, to move toward, to desire for yourself and/or for the people you love.

Our survivors (and that includes caregivers) by your side are living symbols of hope – our CanCare volunteers have lived through the cancer journey and they know that there is life with cancer, during cancer and beyond cancer. Sometimes in the midst of a cancer journey it can be hard to feel hopeful or encouraged. You are not alone. Together we can find hope and encourage one another no matter what lies ahead.

For CanCare support:          For support group details and meeting link         To reach a staff member about support           To submit a prayer request      To get information about volunteering

Volunteer Highlight

Meet Carol Greene, a compassionate and dedicated cancer survivor and CanCare Volunteer who was recently recognized as CanCare's
2023 Volunteer of the Year.

Originally hailing from Western Canada, Carol made the life-changing move to Texas in 1972. With a heart full of empathy and a desire to make a difference, she dedicated 29 years of her life as a registered nurse within the Memorial Hermann system.

It was during her tenure there in the mid-90s that Carol was introduced to CanCare, an organization close to her heart. Over the years, she became deeply involved, serving as a church representative for the past decade. Outside of her volunteer work, Carol finds joy in family gatherings, cooking, gardening, and embroidery and spending time with her grandchildren and now great grandbabies.  

One of the highlights of Carol's week is her participation in the Prayer and Praise Team weekly gathering, where she finds solace and strength in the power of prayer alongside friends from all over the country. Representing CanCare at Health Fairs allows Carol to give back to the community and spread awareness of the organization's invaluable services.

As a mentor, Carol shares her experiences and offers support to new volunteers, helping to ease their anxieties and guide them on their journey with CanCare. At Houston Methodist West Hospital, Carol serves as a volunteer alongside four other dedicated CanCare volunteers, providing support to cancer patients in their time of need.

Despite facing personal losses, including the passing of her father and son to cancer, Carol reflects on the importance of cherishing each day and living her "new normal" to the fullest. Her resilience, compassion, and unwavering commitment to serving others make her a beacon of hope and inspiration within the CanCare community.

Thank you, Carol, for your incredible service to the CanCare community!

Interested In Becoming A Volunteer

As a cancer survivor or cancer caregiver, you have the power to give HOPE to someone facing cancer today.

Send in your application to reserve your spot today!

February News from CanCare

Dear CanCare Family,

As we celebrate this season of love  and affection, we are filled with gratitude for the incredible community of  supporters that surrounds us at CanCare. Valentine's Day is a time to reflect  on the power of love to heal, uplift, and inspire, and here at CanCare, we  are privileged to witness that power in action every day.  

To each and every one of you who supports  our CanCare mission—whether through your time, your talents, or your  generosity—we want to express our deepest thanks. Your love and support make  it possible for us to provide hope, comfort, and companionship to those  affected by cancer, and for that, we are truly grateful.

As we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges that the  new year may bring, let us carry forward the spirit of love and gratitude  that defines the CanCare community. Thank you for your unwavering support and  for your dedication to our mission.

Warmest  wishes,

Darcie  Champagne Wells

President and  CEO, CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

Listening is an Act of Love

By: Kris Kerlin, Director of Mission Impact

In the midst of the  cancer journey, where information inundates you from all  directions – be it from your doctors, family, or friends – CanCare volunteers  extend the invaluable gift of listening.

Listening enables individuals facing cancer to navigate  not only the external barrage of information but also the internal questions,  concerns, and emotions.

The ability to hear oneself, be heard by  another, and then have one's words reflected back in a compassionate manner  can signify the distinction between dwelling in fear and progressing with  hope.

The  art of listening is something that is central to the training that we provide  to our CanCare volunteers because we know that there is  healing power in presence and attentive listening. As we listen, we come to  know more about the person speaking and their experience of their life. 

Though we share the experience of cancer,  each unique journey is a sacred path to be heard, honored and  embraced. Thank you CanCare volunteers  for showing your love through listening! Please download our handout Prove  You Heard for more ways to listen. 

Click HERE for more tips on listening. 

Click HERE to access a poem about listening.

Volunteer Highlight

By: Daniella  Martinez, 
Client & Volunteer  Relations Specialist

We are honored to feature CanCare Volunteer Lauren Liggett! 

Lauren provides support for CanCare clients as well as calls  recent volunteers that have been matched to see how the connection is going.  She is very active in our CanCare community and shows every day how much she  loves helping others. 

Lauren shared with us her story of how she came to CanCare…

"I first heard about CanCare from a nurse in the hospital  where I had surgery to have a port installed. She gave me a brochure which I  tucked away in case I should need it in the future. At the time that I went  through my treatments I had a good base of friends and church family that  were a big help to me. It wasn't until a few years after my treatment that I  contacted CanCare to see if I could become a volunteer.

I wish that people could know how friendly and helpful the  CanCare organization is. The staff and volunteers are genuinely interested in  helping others. It is a blessing to offer encouragement to cancer patients  and survivors. It is so satisfying to talk with a CanCare client and hear  them say, 'You are such an encouragement to me.'

Going through cancer really strengthened my faith in God. So  many people were praying for me, and I felt so loved and cared for. People  brought my family many meals as I went through my treatments. I really could  feel God's love for me as He used people to be His hands and feet in my life.  I spent a lot of time in God's word and came to understand how the joy of the  Lord was my strength. I loved to read the book of Psalms. King David battled  his enemies that he wrote of in Psalms. His words encouraged me in my battle  against cancer."

Thank you, Lauren, for going above and beyond in everything  you do!

Recognizing Black History Month

According to  the American Cancer Society, African Americans have a higher cancer burden  and face greater obstacles to cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and  survival.

Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth and beyond, CanCare remains committed to supporting  the Black community with emotional support by providing a survivor by the  side of anyone facing cancer.

Join us in spreading  hope, promoting early detection, and fostering a culture of support and  understanding. Together, we can rewrite the narrative of cancer care for all!

30th Annual HOPE Survivorship Luncheon

We are  thrilled to announce Phoebe  and Bobby Tudor as Chairs for our 30th Annual HOPE Survivorship Luncheon on May 23, 2024.

High school  sweethearts from Louisiana, the Tudors are dedicated advocates for the arts,  education, social services, and public parks in Houston, TX.

Parents of  three children, they recently welcomed their first grandchild, Gigi. Their  passion and leadership will greatly benefit our cancer community through this  milestone event.

For more  details on the 30th  Annual HOPE Survivorship Luncheon, click HERE!

January News from CanCare

Dear CanCare  Family,

Happy New Year! As we step into the dawn of  a new year, I am filled with gratitude and excitement for the journey that  lies ahead.   

At CanCare, our mission has always been to provide unwavering  support to those navigating the challenging path of cancer. As we stand on  the threshold of 2024, we are more determined than ever to expand our reach  and touch the lives of even more individuals facing this journey. Our goal is  to serve more clients than ever before, offering a beacon of hope,  compassion, and understanding.

As we set our sights on the future, let us remember the  profound impact we can make when we work together towards a common goal. The  challenges may be great, but so is our resolve to make a difference. I am  confident that with the continued support of each one of you, we will not  only meet our goals but surpass them, reaching new heights in our mission to  bring comfort and care to those facing cancer.

Thank you for your ongoing support, dedication, and belief in  the CanCare mission. Wishing you and your loved ones a year filled with hope,  health, and happiness.

Warmest wishes,

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO, CanCare  Caregiver Volunteer

New Year - New Ways to Fulfill our Mission – More in 2024

In this new year of 2024, we  want to serve more people, in more ways with more meaning.  We want to  grow our reach and the quality of our services. We cannot do it without your  support and involvement.  

Even though we have had  record-breaking years in serving people through 1:1 matches for the last two  years, we know we can do more. We have a goal to serve 2000 survivors and  caregivers in 2024. 

Our current volunteers have  inspired us with all they are willing to do and the enthusiasm of our 91 new  volunteers has energized us. We want to find more ways for clients and  volunteers to connect and build a true community of connection that is  meaningful for clients and volunteers. However, we don’t just want to do  more, we want what we do, to be meaningful. We want to be sure that we are  creating the kind of connections that create hope and healing and true  companionship so that no one has to experience cancer alone. 

Together, we are creating a  community of care and support.

For Volunteers: Click HERE for Tips for  interacting with your clients.

For Everyone: Click HERE for to Tips on  Coping with Cancer – Wisdom from our volunteers 

Volunteer Spotlight

By: Daniella  Martinez, Client & Volunteer Relations Specialist 

We are thrilled to share the story of our beloved volunteer,  Vincent Skotko. Vincent, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, relocated to Tampa,  Florida, where he spent most of his life.

After serving almost four decades as a  clinical psychologist, Vincent bid farewell to his career in 2018, and  he and his wife decided to move closer to their son and family in Charleston,  South Carolina.

Despite leaving professional life, he prioritized maintaining  a healthy body and mind through daily exercise.

Alongside this, his enduring love for literature, especially  mystery novels, continued to bring him delight in this new phase of life. But  amidst all of this, his greatest joy came from being an active participant in  the lives of their three grandchildren.

In a doctor's office, Vincent's attention was captivated by a pamphlet introducing him to CanCare, a remarkable  organization supporting individuals fighting cancer. Delving into its  contents, he discovered the profound impact it had on cancer patients, resonating deeply with the professionalism and unwavering dedication of Cancare's staff and volunteers.

The memories of his spouse's cancer battle  flooded Vincent’s mind, reminding him of the strength they found in each  other during those challenging times. Caring for his spouse revealed to him a  reservoir of resilience, both physically and emotionally, that he never  thought possible—a profound revelation and gift born out of adversity.


Interested In Becoming A Volunteer?

As a cancer survivor or cancer caregiver, you have the power to give HOPE to someone facing cancer today.

Send in your application to reserve your spot today!

December News from CanCare

Dear CanCare Family,

As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey we've undertaken together in 2023. It is with immense joy and gratitude that I write to you today, acknowledging the triumphs and successes that have made this year truly remarkable.

Our success, without a doubt, is a collective achievement, and it's essential to recognize the invaluable contributions of every member of our CanCare family. To our dedicated volunteers who have generously given their time, compassion, and expertise – your selflessness is the heartbeat of our organization. Your unwavering commitment has touched countless lives, offering hope, comfort, and support to those navigating the challenges of cancer.

I extend my deepest gratitude to our clients, the brave individuals and families who have allowed us to be a part of their journey. Your strength, resilience, and trust in CanCare have inspired us to continually strive for excellence in the services we provide. Your stories are a testament to the impact we can make when we stand together in solidarity.

To our generous donors, you are the pillars that sustain our mission. Your financial support has not only allowed us to maintain our programs but has empowered us to expand our reach and make a difference in even more lives. Your belief in our cause fuels our determination to be a beacon of hope for those in need.

To our healthcare, corporate, congregation and nonprofit partners, we could not do this incredible work of providing a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer without you! Thank you for being a part of our CanCare Family!

This year, together, we have achieved milestones that have strengthened the fabric of CanCare. Your collective efforts have made a profound impact, creating a community where no one faces cancer alone. Whether through lending a compassionate ear, providing practical assistance, or offering financial support, each action has contributed to the success we celebrate today.

As we enter a new year, let's carry forward the spirit of unity, compassion, and service that defines the CanCare family. There is much work to be done, many lives to touch, and many more stories of triumph to be written. I am confident that with your continued support, we will reach even greater heights in our mission to uplift and empower those affected by cancer.

Thank you, from the depths of my heart, for making this year a testament to the strength of the CanCare family. May the coming year bring new opportunities, continued success, and the fulfillment of our shared vision.

Warmest wishes,

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO, CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

Seasons of Light

By: Kris Kerlin, Director of Mission Impact

It is at the darkest time of year, where the days are shortest, that we celebrate holidays and traditions of light to illuminate that which would otherwise be in the shadows.

As a CanCare community, our mission of being a survivor or caregiver by the side of anyone touched by cancer, is about bringing light into the emotionally dark places of the cancer journey all year round.  And it takes a community – our donors, our community partners, our volunteers, our clients to create an experience of connection for those whose lives are disrupted by cancer.

Thank you all for making it possible to light the way with hope!

Together, this year, we have:

  1. Touched over 1400 lives through 1:1 match connections, the most in the history of CanCare
  2. Supported nearly 400 attendees in our survivor, caregiver and stage 4 survivors support groups
  3. Welcomed 91 new volunteers into our CanCare family, from 13 different states
  4. Spent over 2000 hours in hospital and treatment centers providing in person support to patients and caregivers in the midst of treatment
  5. Recorded nearly 6000 hours of service by our volunteers
  6. Spread awareness of CanCare in community events in churches, schools and conferences
  7. Prayed together in weekly Prayer and Praise meetings

May the peace and hope of the season be with you and your families!

In joyful anticipation of a bright, shiny, new 2024!

Volunteer Spotlight

By: Daniella Martinez, Client & Volunteer Relations Specialist

We are thrilled to introduce you to one of our dedicated volunteers who brings passion and compassion to our organization. Meet Catalina Gutierrez, a physical therapist with a heart full of empathy and a love for helping others.

Originally from Colombia, she grew up in the lively capital city of Bogota. Catalina has over 15 years of experience as a physical therapist and takes immense pride in her career. Additionally she has recently embarked on a new academic journey, pursuing a master's degree in Sport Management at Sam Houston State University.

During a period of waiting for her student visa, she actively searched for volunteer opportunities and stumbled upon CanCare. Her personal experience as a caregiver for her father, who battled colon cancer, and her professional involvement with women facing breast cancer, drew her towards CanCare. Catalina believed her unique background could make a difference as a CanCare volunteer.

When asked what she wishes others knew about CanCare, Catalina emphasized the profound humanity, empathy, and love that permeates the organization. She highlighted the invaluable connections formed between volunteers and clients, as trust is built and individuals feel comfortable sharing their deepest feelings and personal stories. The mutual exchange of experiences creates a powerful bond that leaves a lasting impact on everyone involved.

We are grateful to have her as part of our volunteer community. Her dedication and commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others is truly admirable. Thank you, Catalina, for being a shining light within CanCare!

End of Year Giving

Dear Friend,

I will never forget that day in February 2014 when the doctor said, “It’s confirmed, you have prostate cancer".  I had been dreading the biopsy results for weeks. Like so many, I was no stranger to cancer. Both my parents and my brother were cancer survivors. But nothing can prepare you to hear those words directed straight to you.

I was fortunate to have a friend who was a prostate cancer survivor who also happened to be a volunteer for CanCare. Stuart stood by my side through my journey, answering questions and providing perspective that only someone who had walked the same path could.  

My cancer diagnosis didn’t just impact me, it impacted my family. Stuart was also an invaluable supporter to my wife in her role as caregiver. The empathy and emotional clarity that grew in us instilled a spiritual peace and hope for us both.

The hope Stuart gave me was so instrumental to my healing and personal survivorship experience that I wanted to pay that gift forward. I signed up to serve as a CanCare volunteer so I could become that survivor by the side to others facing cancer.  It has been a life changing commitment and personal investment for me.  

CanCare is an incredible organization dedicated to providing hope and healing to the cancer community by ensuring anyone facing cancer can have a survivor by their side. Last year, CanCare served a record 1,411 cancer patients and caregivers by matching them with a survivor with a similar cancer story.

I am so passionate and committed to CanCare's mission and vision that I am now serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. We have bold plans to increase our impact on those facing cancer and we need your support!

As you consider your year-end giving this year, we ask for you to consider CanCare. With your support, we can provide HOPE to so many more facing cancer!

With gratitude,  

Val Brock

Cancer Survivor, Cancer Caregiver, and CanCare Volunteer

Chairman, CanCare Board of Directors

Interested In Becoming A Volunteer?

As a cancer survivor or cancer caregiver, you have the power to give HOPE to someone facing cancer today.

Send in your application to reserve your spot today!

October News from CanCare

Dear CanCare  Family,  

As we reflect  on the month of October, it holds a special place in our hearts. It's a time  when the world comes together to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a  cause that resonates deeply within our CanCare family. This is a month of  significance, a time for unity, and an opportunity to make a lasting impact.

Breast Cancer  Awareness Month is not just about recognizing the battle so many have faced,  but also about celebrating the strength and resilience of survivors. It is a  reminder that hope can shine even in the face of adversity. It's a time to  support those who are currently on their journey, to honor those who have  fought, and to remember those we have lost. Together, we carry the torch of  awareness, knowledge, and hope.

I want to take  this moment to express my gratitude to each and every one of you within our  CanCare family. Your dedication, compassion, and unwavering support are what  make our organization truly exceptional. The difference we make in the lives  of those affected by cancer is a testament to the power of unity and the  spirit of CanCare.

As we journey  through Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let us continue to stand as a beacon  of hope and a source of support. Let us honor the strength and resilience of  survivors and recognize the battles yet to be fought. Together, we can make a  significant difference in the lives of those in need.

Thank you for  being an integral part of CanCare, for your unwavering support, and for  making our mission a reality. Together, we will create a world where no one  faces cancer alone.

Warmest wishes,

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO, CanCare  Caregiver Volunteer


30th Annual CanCare Golf Classic & ParTee

What an  incredible CanCare Inc. 30th  Anniversary Golf Classic, chaired by Johnny Carrabba! This SOLD OUT  tournament at Memorial Park  Golf Course raised an astounding $330,000 for CanCare's mission to  provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer!

We were honored to celebrate Texas Golf Hall of Famer Charlie Epps with  a special tribute video from Jim Nantz!
Huge thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Zorich Family Foundation  for making this special occasion possible! Check out all of our sponsors at
For photos of the event, visit our photo site at  

CanCare in Community

By: Kris Kerlin, Director of Mission Impact

CanCare participated in the  first Aldine Community Health Fair:  His Health Matters Too that sought  to bring awareness and prevention regarding prostate cancer, hosted by  Greater Pure Life Church.   

Through the generous support of  pastor Dr. Darryl W. Broussard and organizer Amelia Day, the Health Ministry  leader for Greater Pure Light Church, pictured below, CanCare was able to  introduce many people to the services of CanCare and let the community know  that no one needs to endure cancer alone.

It’s time to be pink – with  October being breast cancer awareness month. I’m sure we all know someone  affected by breast cancer.  For me it is my aunt, my dearest two best  girlfriends, and many, many of our volunteers. Of all of our active volunteers  about 40% of them are breast cancer survivors or caregivers to someone with  breast cancer.  

This is a time of solidarity  with the sisterhood and brotherhood (yes, males do get breast cancer and we  have some volunteers and clients who are male survivors.) If you are dealing  with breast cancer, we want you to know that you are not alone.  You are  in the company of many who are eager to provide you with support. Please  reach out – no one should go through cancer alone.  If you are a  survivor and ready to give back, please join our CanCare family and be part  of the beautiful virtuous circle of giving and receiving.  We have one  last training for this year November 16-17.

To learn more about breast  cancer and the support available click HERE

Volunteer Spotlight

By: Daniella Martinez

Introducing Dee Manuel, a passionate Author, Speaker, and Coach hailing from Houston, TX. Dee's career focuses on empowering others, and their dedication extends beyond their professional life. When not volunteering, Dee finds joy in reading, music, traveling, and spending quality time with loved ones.   

Dee  first learned about CanCare through a dear friend who is also a volunteer.  Recognizing the importance and impact of being a volunteer, Dee wishes more  people understood the incredible honor it is to support others going through  similar trials and to provide hope and guidance.   

In the  face of adversity, cancer has bestowed upon Dee the gift of giving. Through CanCare, Dee  has discovered the immeasurable joy of giving back to others. Additionally,  Dee is an active member of the LGBTQIA community and finds fulfillment in  offering support to those who may not have the expected family support after  living as their authentic selves. With a deep love for dogs, relishing good food,  and serene walks, Dee embraces life's simple pleasures. 

Join Dee  in making a difference and spreading love and support to those in need. Let's  celebrate the power of giving and the strength of community. 


August News from CanCare

Dear CanCare Family,

As the summer sun sets and a new school year begins, we find ourselves reflecting on our purpose and mission at CanCare. We remain determined to provide unwavering support, empathy, and understanding to those facing the challenges of cancer.

This year, we are on track to match more clients than ever before! Change and growth can be daunting, but together, we have the courage and optimism to tackle it head-on.

Our volunteers, donors, and clients are the driving force behind our progress, creating a space where empathy flourishes and hope is rekindled. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Let's strive towards the mission that unites us all!

Warmest wishes,

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO, CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

Coping with Cancer - Together

By: Kris Kerlin, Director of Mission Impact

At a time when many people are going on vacation and enjoying summer adventures, coping with cancer can feel particularly lonely.  If your summer “plans” include a cancer journey – you are not alone.  CanCare volunteers are available for 1:1 support and online support groups can connect you with others dealing with cancer.

Just knowing that you don’t have to do this alone can be a tremendous boost  - sharing the load helps to lighten it.  Volunteers, you know the challenges of cancer, you have experience coping with it and you want to help others deal with it – Thank you!

For a full list of ideas for coping with cancer, generated by our CanCare volunteers – click HERE. For more ideas please request a CanCare volunteer, or join us for an online support group,

Happy Birthday, Anne Turnage!

Happy Birthday, Anne Turnage!

On this special day, we celebrate not only the passing of another year but also the incredible journey you've undertaken. Your vision, dedication, and unwavering commitment have led to the creation of CanCare, a beacon of hope for countless cancer survivors. As you blow out the candles, remember that each flicker represents a life touched, a heart uplifted, and a spirit renewed through the work of CanCare.

"It is a blessing to live this long to see what CanCare has done for thousands of cancer survivors." These words resonate deeply as they encapsulate the profound impact you've had on countless lives. Your compassion and resilience have paved the way for a brighter future, one where cancer survivors find solace, strength, and camaraderie through your remarkable organization.

May your birthday be as radiant as the smiles you've brought to those you've touched. Here's to you, Anne, a visionary, a trailblazer, and a true inspiration. May the years ahead continue to be filled with joy, health, and the fulfillment of seeing your vision thrive.

Happy 96th Birthday, with gratitude and admiration!

Volunteer Spotlight

By: Daniella Martinez

Meet Sarah, a CanCare volunteer from Hudsonville, a small town in Western Michigan.

After attending business college in NYC, Sarah moved to Chicago and met her soulmate, Gus. Now they've made their home in Houston, TX, closer to Gus' family.

In 2012, Sarah's life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with Appendix Cancer. Fortunately, she found the support and treatment she needed at MD Anderson, one of the few medical centers in the US treating this rare disease.

Through CanCare, she was able to connect with fellow survivors who provided comfort, shared experiences, and answered her questions. Driven by her desire to help others facing the same illness, Sarah now works as a Patient Service Coordinator at MD Anderson.

In addition to volunteering with CanCare, Sarah enjoys swimming, engaging in various community services, and indulging in a good movie in her free time. Sarah believes that CanCare offers an invaluable service in today's world. The ability to connect with someone who has gone through a similar diagnosis is truly priceless, both for those facing a devastating diagnosis and for herself.

We are so grateful for Sarah and all that she has done to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by cancer!

Introducing the Fabulous CanCare Class 119!

Know Someone Who Would Make A Good Volunteer?

Know Someone Who Would Make A Good Volunteer?

Our online training allows people to become volunteers from all over the country.  Class 119 had participants from seven different states over three time zones!

If you know someone who you think would be a good volunteer, invite them to join us for our Introduction to CanCare Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the CanCare family, ask questions, and hear directly from our volunteers.  We would love for them to join the CanCare family and make a positive impact on our cancer community!


June News from CanCare

CanCare Family,    

June holds a special significance in our hearts as we come    together to honor and celebrate National Cancer Survivors Month.

At CanCare, we have the privilege of witnessing cancer    survivors' remarkable strength, resilience, and determination every day.    Your stories of triumph over adversity serve as beacons of hope, inspiring    us to continue our mission of providing unwavering support to those    affected by cancer.

National Cancer Survivors Month is a time for us to reflect    on the journeys we have witnessed and the countless lives that have been    touched by our CanCare family. It is a moment to acknowledge our incredible    progress in advancing cancer care and to recognize the indomitable spirit    that fuels the fight against this disease.

To all the survivors, volunteers, caregivers, and supporters    who form the tapestry of our CanCare family, I extend my deepest gratitude.    Your dedication, compassion, and unwavering support are the heart and soul    of our organization. Your willingness to lend a listening ear, offer a    comforting embrace, and walk alongside those navigating the difficult path    of cancer is nothing short of extraordinary.

Thank you for being an integral part of the CanCare family,    for making a difference, and for reminding us all that there is strength in    unity. May this National Cancer Survivors Month be a source of inspiration    and a testament to the power of the human spirit.

With gratitude and admiration,

Darcie Champagne Wells
President and CEO
CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

Sharing Survivorship - National Cancer Survivors Month

By: Kris Kerlin

There is power in sharing your experiences with others, particularly when you have had an experience that someone else is just beginning. CanCare is founded on the power of sharing survivorship. In hospital treatment centers, patients light up when they realize the person they are visiting with is a cancer survivor or someone who has been on the cancer journey as a care giver. On the other end of the phone, volunteers listen empathetically, having experienced their own cancer journey. CanCare volunteers are symbols of hope. “Hope on feet”, as our lifetime board member Pat Hogan-Korge taught us.

During this month of National Cancer Survivors Month it has been a true honor to be out in the cancer community sharing the news of CanCare, celebrating survivors and those who love them, in hospitals around the city, churches around the country and synagogues. It has been a time of reconnecting with volunteers and community partners and introducing CanCare to people who didn’t know that there is emotional support available and that they don’t have to go through cancer alone. 

Eachof you reading this has a connection to cancer. You have some journey ofsurvivorship to share. Please let people who need us, know aboutus. Share your own journey and let them know about CanCare. Our brand new CanCare website is a good way to introduce CanCare tosomeone. We also have brochures and a postcard available to help you shareCanCare with your workplace, doctor’s office, church, synagogue, or anyonetouched by cancer that you can find HERE.  Wedo not want anyone to go through cancer alone and many people facing cancerstill do not know they have a choice.

Together, we are bringing hope and healing to the cancer community.

Please share your survivorship story with us at CanCare. Send us an email at to let us know what being a survivor or supporting a survivor as a caregiver means to you.

Volunteer Spotlight

By: Daniella Martinez

For National Cancer Survivors Month this year we are honoring our volunteer Mike Deitch, who is a brain cancer survivor of over 60 years. He embodies perseverance and is incredibly vibrant with our clients. Here is a bit about him:

Mike grew up in Long Island, New York. He works in sales and is a musician. Outside of volunteering for CanCare, he is an avid reader. Currently he is enjoying "A Gathering of Angels" by Moris B. Margolis.

Mike doesn’t exactly remember how he heard about CanCare, but he does remember the feeling of wanting more people to know that cancer does not mean it's over. He believes that CanCare helps people to grow and unify, "Our common welfare comes first", he shares. When asked what he felt the gift was that cancer gave him he expressed “True awareness and amazement. Not only about what has been achieved regarding treatment but realizing at depth a spiritual connection. As said in recovery, my 'Higher Power' is not cancer. The love, devotion and efforts from God, family, friends, and practitioners is what was and still is given. I know I am part of this as well.”

Thank you Mike for all that you are and do for our clients! You are wonderful and we are lucky you are a part of the CanCare family.

UPCOMING: Virtual Information Session

Welcome to the CanCare Team - Lauren

The CanCare Family is excited to announce Lauren Hamilton has joined our team as a Project Manager! Lauren is excited to further our mission of ensuring anyone facing cancer has a survivor by their side. In her new role, Lauren will lead and manage a variety of technology, strategy, and business operations projects across the organization.

Prior to joining CanCare, Lauren served as Chief of Staff at Perry Homes where she became well versed in leading mission critical projects for the executive team. She also helped support the Perry Homes Foundation while serving in her role. She spent six years as a management consultant before joining Perry Homes, where she built and honed her project management skills.

Welcome to the CanCare Team - Beatrice

The CanCare Family is excited to announce Beatrice Arbuckle has joined our team as our new Client & Volunteer Relations Specialist! Beatrice looks forward to bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas to further our mission of ensuring anyone facing cancer has a survivor by their side. In her new role, Beatrice will help make impactful connections between clients, volunteers, and our health care systems.

Beatrice has served in non-profit organizations for over ten years and has a passion for bringing hope to others. She graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and she currently serves as the Youth Ministry Chair at her church. Prior to joining the CanCare team, she worked for a local credit union as a client relations specialist. Beatrice believes CanCare’s purpose & mission aligns with the impact that she strives to make in her community and the world.

Online Support Groups

We offer online support groups for cancer survivors and caregivers every month.

Find the right group for you on our events page. Click the link below for more info:

Support Group Info

May News from CanCare

CanCare Family,

As we prepare for the observance of Memorial Day, we lift up the brave men and women who have fought courageously for our country and thank them for the freedoms they have afforded us!

We are grateful for the freedom and privilege to dedicate our time and talents every day to serving our cancer community!

In May, we also observe Mental Health Awareness Month. CanCare is dedicated to supporting the mental and emotional health of those facing cancer by providing a survivor by their side. In this issue, we include tips on handling the emotions of cancer.

We want to extend our deepest gratitude to all the incredible individuals who made the 29th Annual Survivorship Luncheon this month an extraordinary success! From our generous sponsors and honorees, to our dedicated volunteers and attendees, each of you played a vital role in the success of the event and our mission to provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer.

Together, we are fostering a community of strength, resilience, and HOPE. Thank you for your incredible support!

Darcie Champagne Wells

President and CEO

CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

2023 Hope Survivorship Luncheon

May 10, 2023 | River Oaks Country Club - Houston, TX

Huge thanks to our incredible supporters and congratulations to our phenomenal honorees for the 29th annual CanCare, Inc. HOPE Survivorship Luncheon!

Chaired by Stephanie Tsuru with Honorary Chair Frank Tsuru, the event raised a record $425,000 for CanCare's mission to provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer!

At center stage for this year's event were Honorees:

Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, Community Honoree

Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, Healthcare Honoree

John L. Nau, III, Survivor Honoree

The event culminated with a moving interview with Ashley Dedmon- cancer previvor, advocate, author and speaker.

We thank everyone who had a roll in making the event a phenomenal success, providing critical funds for CanCare's mission to provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer!

What Is Emotional Support?

By: Kris Kerlin

People sometimes find it difficult to understand 'emotional support'. There are few places where we can focus on the emotional part of ourselves and fewer where we can learn about emotions, how to identify them, express them and manage them.

CanCare is a safe zone for emotions and a place where you can be as you are – mad, sad, glad, afraid, or any other emotion. Emotional support looks like listening with the heart, hearing the feelings underneath the words and extending non-judgmental empathy.

As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month this May, allow yourself to attend to the emotional part of yourself. Reach out for support, express your feelings, share them with someone who will listen and wants to understand, a CanCare volunteer. Give support, attend to feelings in yourself and others, be kind and empathetic, make yourself a safe place for someone else.

To join the CanCare family please consider becoming a volunteer. Join us for our Information Session on June 5, at 5PM Central Time to learn more about the CanCare family. Click HERE for more information!

Click HERE for a handout on 'Dealing with Emotions'.

Volunteer Spotlight

By: Daniella Martinez

This May we are highlighting a generous and caring volunteer that has a true heart for caregiving, Sharon Kimble-Kramchack. Sharon was a caregiver to her husband who survived stage 4 lymphoma and is also a CanCare volunteer. Here she is sharing a bit about herself and what makes her so unique:

"I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and moved to Houston to finish my degree and became an accountant/tax analyst. When I am not taking on CanCare clients to support, I enjoy cycling and sewing.

We learned about CanCare after my husband's first cancer diagnosis from two of his co-workers who were involved with CanCare. Cancer taught me and my husband what really matters in life. We lose too much time worrying about things that don't really matter. Cancer teaches you to prioritize and move forward on items that really matter.

I wish that other people knew that CanCare is here to help the patient as well as the survivor. So many times, people have a large circle of friends, but they or their friends do not know how to reach out and speak to them regarding their illness, or how to be a caregiver for a loved one dealing with cancer. We at CanCare have firsthand experience! No matter your type of cancer; if you are personally fighting this disease, odds are there is a CanCare Survivor who can speak directly to you about your illness. A lot of people can listen, the CanCare Survivors can RELATE. There are also CanCare Caregivers who are ready and willing to speak to the new caregiver about how to take care of their loved one."

Sharon is a fierce champion of the CanCare mission, and we are blessed she is a volunteer for our clients. Thank you for all you do!

UPCOMING: Virtual Information Session

Welcome Volunteer Class 117

Last month we welcomed 16 new volunteers from class 117 to the CanCare family! Welcome new volunteers to the CanCare Family!

If you are interested in joining us, click HERE to apply and register for one of the upcoming training dates.  

Online Support Groups

We offer online support groups for cancer survivors and caregivers every month.

Find the right group for you on our events page. Click the link below for more info:

Support Group Info

April News from Cancare

Hello CanCare Family!

As we celebrate CanCare's 33rd Birthday, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you for being a part of this incredible journey. Your unwavering commitment, dedication, and hard work have made CanCare a beacon of hope and strength for countless individuals and families who have been affected by cancer.

For more than three decades, CanCare has provided support, care, and comfort to those who needed it the most. Your tireless efforts have helped to ease the burden of cancer and have made a real difference in the lives of so many people, and for that, we are forever grateful.

Thank you for all that you do, and for your continued commitment to our mission. Together, we will continue to work towards our mission - to provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer!

Darcie Champagne Wells
President and CEO
CanCare Caregiver Volunteer

CanCare 2023 Hope Survivorship Luncheon

At CanCare's Annual HOPE Survivorship Luncheon, we're reminded of the power of community and support in the face of cancer. Let's come together to celebrate and uplift our survivors and their caregivers, as well as those who courageously faced cancer and are no longer with us. We hope you will consider joining us on Wednesday, May 10th at River Oaks Country Club in support of CanCare’s mission of providing a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer!

For more information on sponsorships and ticket prices click HERE!

Candle Lighting Ceremony

Every year at CanCare's annual Survivorship Luncheon, we light Candles of Hope in honor of those who have been impacted by cancer.

Please help us make this year's candle lighting ceremony special by lifting up the name(s) of those impacted by cancer you would like to honor. Their names will be scrolled during the candle lighting ceremony on May 10, 2023.

To submit your names, click HERE!

CanCare: Celebrating 33 Years

This month CanCare Inc. celebrated 33 years of serving the cancer community!

Founded in Houston in 1990, CanCare has provided personalized, emotional support to more than 25,000 cancer patients and caregivers; conducted more than 200,000 in-person visits in healthcare facilities; and trained more than 2,000 cancer survivors to provide personalized support to cancer patients and caregivers.

On April 12th we joined together with some of our wonderful volunteers, donors, and staff to celebrate the incredible impact and mission of CanCare to provide a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer! Thank you to all who were able to join us as it made the event even more special and memorable. We appreciate your unwavering support and commitment to our cause of helping cancer patients and their families.

CanCare Volunteer Information Session

We are growing and looking for people to join our CanCare family. If you, or someone you know is a caregiver (loves someone who has cancer) or is a cancer survivor who is 6-12 months post-treatment, we would love for them to become a CanCare volunteer. We will have our next CanCare Information Session for people interested in learning more about volunteering at CanCare as a celebration of Survivor’s Day, on Monday, June 5 at 5PM Central time. Click HERE for more information and to RSVP!

Our next training is scheduled for July 20-21. Please click HERE to complete the volunteer application to find out more.

National Volunteer Appreciation Month

By: Kris Kerlin

Across this country April is celebrated as National Volunteer Appreciation Month. Established in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush who launched the 1000 Points of Light campaign, April is a celebration of the joy of people helping people and people giving of their time and talents to make a difference in the community.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to you, our CanCare family. CanCare is a special volunteer community because we are a survivorship community of people who have experience with a cancer journey. Not only do our volunteers have experience with cancer, but they freely and generously choose to offer that experience to others who are newly embarking on their own journey. When you’ve dealt with cancer, you don’t owe anyone anything and yet, our volunteers pay it forward and make something good come from something life changing. You are making a difference in the lives of people. Thank you so very much!

What started with one volunteer, one woman, Anne Turnage, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, wanting to lessen the despair of the people she met while she was going through cancer, has become a national support to hundreds in its 33-year history.

It was an absolute delight to celebrate CanCare’s birthday at the place that it all began, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on April 12. Our first in-person volunteer event since the pandemic began, we had volunteers from class number 2 all the way through to the most recent class 116 represented among the guests. Thank you for coming together!  

Volunteer Spotlight

by Daniella Martinez

This April, in honor of testicular cancer awareness, we are highlighting our volunteer, Scott Ruse. He is a 24-year testicular cancer survivor who is new to the CanCare family and is always willing to take on a new client. Scott shares a little more about his background and what makes him such a special part of us.

"I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I graduated from the University of Colorado and I am currently the Chief Financial Officer for a global forestry company managing land and manufacturing in 8 locations around the world supplying wood products globally.

When I’m not volunteering for CanCare I love spending time with their kiddos. I have a son who is a recent college graduate, a 14-year-old boy, and an 8-year-old girl. Aside from family, I love playing golf, mountain bike riding, and traveling.

I stumbled into CanCare because I had served as a client mentor for Boulder Community Hospital's Oncology wing 20 years ago and perhaps with the onset of Covid, it was heavy on my heart to again give back, support, and just be with so many that needed it. I had to wait for Covid to pull back before I could start looking around. I was drawn to CanCare by their mission and the staff dedication. That stood out to me. Just the sheer amount of love and care that comes from the entire organization. The approach that they are there to serve drives their efforts. The resources and volunteer staff bring out the best in CanCare's mission, vision, and values.

A gift that cancer gave to me was that I was able to step back and really examine who I was and who I wanted to be - personally, professionally, and spiritually. The realization that this battle was a clear reminder no one is guaranteed tomorrow. It's what you make of right now that shapes who you will be because of this journey and what powerful impact you can have with others."

Thank you Scott for all that you are and do for our clients! You are wonderful and we are lucky you are a part of the CanCare family.

In Memory and Celebration

Beloved Cancare volunteer, Shirley Ebow passed away on March 5, 2023. Shirley joined CanCare in 2014 as a stage 4 breast cancer survivor. During her time as a CanCare volunteer she supported many through 1:1 support and the Stage 4 Support group.

Shirley will be remembered for her sweet disposition and gentle spirit. She will be deeply missed.

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