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Stories of Help and Hope

Chiara’s Story

Chiara is a blogger, model, event planner and fundraiser who didn’t let her triple negative breast cancer diagnosis sideline her from advocating for others affected by cancer. Watch Chiara share how she found support through CancerCare, and visit Chiara’s blog at to learn more about her story.

Debbie’s Story

Debbie is a breast cancer survivor who describes herself as a “Superwoman” advocate for herself and others affected by cancer. Still, she found herself grappling with difficult emotions brought on by her diagnosis. She came to CancerCare for counseling and learned that everything she was feeling was completely normal, which gave her the strength to keep wearing that “S” on her shirt.

Dana’s Story

When Dana was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she took control of her diagnosis by doing her research to learn about treatment and emotional support options. She came to CancerCare to connect with others in a similar situation, and has found the lasting connections she’s made have made a huge difference in her life during and beyond cancer.

Lynn’s Story

Lynn’s multiple myeloma diagnosis came as a shock, as did losing her hair from her intensive treatments. She made an appointment at CancerCare’s Wig and Prosthesis Clinic, and came away from her visit with a free wig that helped her look and feel less self-conscious about her appearance. Lynn also received financial assistance and participates in various CancerCare programs.

Miguel’s Story

Miguel is a young adult who came to CancerCare after going through treatment for two cancer diagnoses. He found connection and support through the organization’s Young Adult Patients Support Group, and keeps in touch with many group members today. Watch Miguel’s video to learn about what he’s found helpful while living through and beyond cancer.

Shirley’s Story

Shirley was diagnosed with cancer just a month after she was married…and ended up spending her honeymoon at her treatment center. She contacted CancerCare for financial assistance and a breast prosthesis, and today is a fixture at CancerCare programs and events. Watch Shirley’s video to learn about what inspires her in the face of cancer.

Allison’s Story

Allison had just graduated from college and was ready to pursue her career when her father was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. After struggling with her father’s diagnosis, Allison contacted CancerCare to learn about the organization’s services for young adult caregivers—and found the support she needed.

Alfredo’s Story

Alfredo, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma and is currently in remission, shares his story and how support groups and counseling at CancerCare helped him adjust to life after cancer.

Jonah’s Story

CancerCare honored Jonah, a young adult coping with a melanoma diagnosis, at our Annual Spring Gala.

Kathryn’s Story

Kathryn, a young adult caregiver, talks about the challenges of caregiving and how she found support through CancerCare.

Stories of Help and Hope: I Needed Support, I Found CancerCare

Watch CancerCare clients share their personal stories and what support services they have found most helpful.

Valerie Shares Her Story for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Awareness Month

Listen as Valerie shares her inspiration story as she copes with an AML diagnosis.

Learn About Our Services

CancerCare’s Financial Assistance Program

For many people coping with cancer, financial concerns are top of mind. Watch Jane Levy, LCSW-R, director of patient assistance programs, provide an overview of our financial assistance services for people affected by cancer.

CancerCare’s Counseling

William Goeren, LCSW-R, director of clinical programs, provides an overview of our counseling services for patients, caregivers, friends, loved ones and the bereaved.

CancerCare’s Educational Programs

Director of Education and Training Carolyn Messner, DSW, MSW, OSW-C, LCSW-R describes our free educational programs, including Connect Education Workshops that provide listeners with the latest cancer information straight from leading experts.

CancerCare’s Online Support Groups

Watch Online Support Group Program Director Caroline Edlund, LCSW share how online support groups help people affected by cancer connect with each other and share their experiences.

CancerCare’s Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps people afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. Learn more from the Foundation’s director, Michele McCourt.

CEO Patricia J. Goldsmith Discusses CancerCare’s Services and Resources

Watch Ms. Goldsmith share her impressions of the organization and impart why CancerCare’s free support services are so essential for people affected by a cancer diagnosis.

CancerCare’s Women’s Cancers Program and Wig/Prosthesis Clinic

Allison Nilsen, LCSW talks about how CancerCare’s Wig and Prosthesis Clinic helps people coping with cancer-related changes to their appearance.

CancerCare’s Children’s Program

Our children’s program provides free, professional support services for parents, adolescents and children affected by cancer. Learn about our services for children and families from Children and AYA Program Director Angelique Caba, LCSW.

CancerCare’s Caregiving Program

Caregiver Program Coordinator Carly O’Brien, LCSW describes the unique and specialized services we provide to caregivers of people affected by cancer.

CancerCare’s Mind/Body/Spirit Resources

Men’s Cancers Program Director Richard Dickens, LCSW-R shares his story of his own cancer diagnosis and talks about how people coping with cancer can benefit from mind/body/spirit exercises including meditation and guided imagery.

CancerCare’s Young Adult Program

Children and AYA Program Director Angelique Caba, LCSW discusses how our Young Adult Program addresses the unique concerns of young adults affected by cancer.

CancerCare’s Older Adult Program

Watch Sarah Kelly, LCSW describe her role as older adult program coordinator and the challenges older people face when coping with cancer.

CancerCare’s Pancreatic Cancer Program

Watch Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW describe CancerCare’s free support services for people affected by a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

CancerCare’s Regional Programs

Director of Regional Programs Kathy Nugent, LCSW describes some of the unique services provided by CancerCare’s regional offices in New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island.

CancerCare’s Bereavement Program

Bereavement Program Coordinator Glenn Meuche, LCSW describes how CancerCare helps people coping with grief and loss.

CancerCare’s Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp

Claire Grainger, LCSW shares her own personal story and describes our Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp, a weekend retreat in the Poconos for families coping with the loss of a loved one from cancer.

CancerCare: How We Can Help

Win Boerckel, LCSW-R, CancerCare’s director of social service, Long Island office and lung cancer program coordinator, shares what makes his work with people affected by cancer so rewarding.

CancerCare Events

In Community, We Heal

Watch our video that premiered at CancerCare’s 2016 Gala and learn more about what we do and who we help.

First Annual CancerCare Greenwich Walk/Run for Hope

For the first time, CancerCare hosted its Walk/Run For Hope in Greenwich, CT at Tod’s Point. More than 350 participants raised $35,000 to support CancerCare’s free professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. Senator Richard Blumenthal attended and offered words of encouragement to the participants.

CancerCare’s 9th Annual Lung Cancer Walk For Hope

CancerCare’s 9th Annual Lung Cancer Walk for Hope was a fantastic success, raising more than $237,000 in support of our free services—a new record! More than 1,100 supporters came out for the walk, which took place in Long Island on Sunday, November 6 at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury, NY.

Laura Linney at CancerCare’s 2011 Spring Gala

CancerCare presented its Help and Hope Award to television writer, producer, and breast cancer survivor Jenny Bicks, whose work on the hit series “Sex and the City” and Showtime’s “The Big C” brings awareness of cancer’s impact on people’s lives to mainstream audiences. Actress Laura Linney, who stars in “The Big C” as a suburban mom facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, was on hand to personally present the award to Bicks.

CancerCare Longest Day of Golf

Watch this news segment featuring golfers who raise money to support CancerCare’s free, professional support services for people affected by cancer in Connecticut.

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