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August 2023 News

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!