Volunteer to Help People Facing Cancer

Our Breast Cancer Volunteer Page

Providing a survivor by the side of anyone facing cancer.

*If you are in need of financial support please see our resources. CanCare offers emotional support to cancer patients and their families.

Become a Breast Cancer Volunteer

A breast cancer diagnosis marks the beginning of a journey. If you are a survivor who has been down the same road, you know better than almost anyone else what it takes—and you are uniquely positioned to help others just beginning their breast cancer journey.

If you’ve struggled with cancer and come out even stronger on the other side, you might find yourself wanting to give back. Maybe you were helped by a survivor when you were undergoing treatment, and you want to pay that forward. Maybe you want to pass along the practical lessons you’ve learned in your cancer journey. At CanCare, we want to help you do just that.

Breast Cancer Volunteer Opportunities

However you’re comfortable supporting people just beginning their breast cancer journey, there are breast cancer volunteer opportunities for you. You could work directly with people who need your support the most by volunteering your time and experiences on a one-to-one basis or in a cancer support group or similar program, or you could take a more indirect support role.

All of the following are great choices for those looking to work closely with those facing cancer:

  • Share your cancer experience with those who have recently been diagnosed—even though every individual’s cancer journey is different, your story can provide valuable insight as to what others can expect
  • Volunteer your expertise to help people with breast cancer in other areas of life
  • Driving a fellow survivor to their doctor appointments, or back home again
  • Performing errands for someone facing breast cancer, like grocery shopping, picking up meals, or taking care of pets
  • Visiting individuals dealing with cancer while they’re recuperating from surgery at the hospital
  • Lead, co-lead, or participate in a cancer support group
  • Take notes for someone facing a breast cancer diagnosis during their doctor’s appointments

If you’d rather take a more behind-the-scenes role, you could consider one of the following:

  • Volunteer with a breast cancer support network to distribute care packages to people undergoing treatment
  • Helping with administrative tasks at a local cancer charity or event
  • Donating to an organization like CanCare or participating in a fundraising drive

Breast Cancer Volunteer Training Dates

Our exceptional training program is led by seasoned CanCare volunteers and trainers. Our training provides pancreatic cancer volunteers with techniques to sharpen their active listening skills and the opportunity to work through diagnosis, treatment, or caregiving issues in order to best support their clients. 

Online/Virtual Training Classes

• June 22-23
• August 5-6
• October 7-8
• November 16-17

How Much Time Can I Volunteer with CanCare?

As a volunteer with CanCare, you decide how much time you can devote to supporting those facing breast cancer. Our organization pairs survivor volunteers with clients recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Our volunteers are crucial to the process, as they can provide a unique perspective and emotional support because they have been on a similar journey.

Whatever brings you to CanCare, we’re here to welcome you to our community of breast cancer volunteers. Our mission is to ensure that anyone facing cancer has a survivor they can count on, who understands what they’re going through, and who is there for them when they need someone. If you’ve had breast cancer and want to help, reach out to us today.

How to Become a Breast Cancer Volunteer with CanCare

When you’re ready to make a difference for another person facing breast cancer, reach out to CanCare to see how you can help! 

We offer Online/Virtual training classes throughout the year to become a member of the CanCare Volunteer Survivor team. 

If you want to become a breast cancer volunteer with CanCare, we can use you! Signup online to be a volunteer, email us, call us, or attend one of our events today.

See What Our Volunteers Say


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

Ron & Ina

"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


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


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 and serve others that are just beginning their journey; however, I had no idea the blessings the Lord would put in front of me while I shared my story and reached out to give them hope. This is not a story of how I helped cancer patients; this is a story of how they helped me!!


"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."


"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."