Celebrating 70 Years of Service with our Founding Family
As CancerCare celebrates 70 years of providing help and hope to anyone affected by cancer, we feel it is important to reflect on where it all began and to honor the vision of our founding family.
Julius Jay Perlmutter, a lifelong philanthropist, experienced the devastating impact of cancer firsthand when his parents were both diagnosed and lost their lives thirteen weeks apart in 1938. In attempting to get quality care for his parents, Julius quickly learned that no facilities existed to help middle-class patients with advanced cancer.
This experience motivated Julius to create CancerCare, a nonprofit organization that would help people diagnosed with cancer and their families by accepting patient referrals and providing a low-cost private room and bath.
“It is so important for people to know that CancerCare is out there and that information is available, that help is available. CancerCare has helped millions of people financially,” said Julius’ daughter, Regina Goldstein.
All of us at CancerCare are grateful to Julius Jay Perlmutter and his family for their commitment to giving back to those in need. It is a testament to his long-term vision that CancerCare continues to expand our services as our clients are faced with new financial and practical challenges. Much has changed since 1944, but our mission remains the same: to provide help and hope to anyone affected by cancer.