A Good Idea
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs – including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help – are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. CancerCare was founded in 1944 in New York City with the mission of helping advanced cancer patients. The lamp was chosen as the symbol for the organization because its light represented warmth, comfort and hope.
Goal / Mission
The goal of CancerCare is to provide free support services to anyone affected by cancer.
Results / Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2007-2008, CancerCare served 108,500 people with counseling, financial support, fact sheets, or telephone education workshops. More than 21,000 people received nearly $4 million in financial assistance. Over one million people visited CancerCare websites, and more than 1.5 million copies of free publications were distributed to patients, health care providers, caregivers, and others.