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Stories of Help and Hope

Caregiving: Stories from CancerCare Clients

Watch our latest video and meet a diverse range of caregiving clients and their unique experiences caring for their loved ones with cancer.

Merit’s Story

Meet Merit, a CancerCare client and recipient of a Young Professionals Committee scholarship. You can also learn more about the Young Professionals Committee at

Nolan’s Story

As part of our 75th Anniversary campaign, CancerCare client and cancer survivor Nolan shares his experience with leukemia and how our free services, including a gay men support group, helped him.

Thomasina’s Story

As part of our 75th Anniversary campaign, CancerCare client Thomasina shares her experience with metastatic breast cancer and how our free services, including counseling and co-payment assistance, helped her.

Aleksandra’s Story

As part of our 75th Anniversary campaign, CancerCare client Aleksandra shares her experience with breast cancer and how our free services, including a young adult online support group and wig clinic, helped her.

Cindy’s Story

Cindy is a theater enthusiast, a relentless lung cancer survivor for 21 years and CancerCare employee. When Cindy was diagnosed with lung cancer, she reached out to CancerCare and found the support she needed.

Willard’s Story

As part of our 75th Anniversary campaign, CancerCare client Willard shares his experience with cancer and how our free services helped him.

Seyna’s Story

As part of our 75th Anniversary campaign, CancerCare client Seyna shares her experience with breast cancer and how our free services, including counseling and in-person support groups, helped her.

Diane’s Story

Diane and her husband Larry talk about their experiences in trying to understand treatment options and how they would affect their quality of life and abilities to do the things they love.

Tani’s Story

After hearing the words “You have cancer”, and before starting treatment, Tani took a pause to examine her priorities. Listen to how she came to grips with her new reality and at the same time, let her oncologist know what she needed to do.

Miguel’s Story

Young and active, Miguel tells how he partnered with his medical team on treatment decisions to keep his life as normal as possible and his dreams alive, making sure his life defined who he is not his cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kathryn’s Story

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

Suriyah’s Story

Meet Suriyah! She utilized CancerCare’s free support group services while caring for her mother and coping with her mother’s cancer diagnosis.

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 Keeps Us Together - Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program

CancerCare’s Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program helps people living with cancer and their caregivers care for their pets. Since March 2020, the PAW Program has helped over 900 pet owners affected by cancer–and our clients' needs continue to grow. Thank you to Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and cancer advocate, for lending her voice to this important cause.

Coping With Cancer During COVID-19

CancerCare’s Sarah Kelly, LCSW, and colorectal cancer survivor, Amy Beaudet, discuss how to cope with cancer during a pandemic on @su2c’s Instagram Live. Sarah gives coping tips and guides a 2-minute meditation at the end.

CancerCare Celebrates 75 Years of Help and Hope

Watch highlights from CancerCare’s 75 years of providing help and hope. CancerCare has grown tremendously since 1944, but it has never wavered from its mission of providing help and hope to people affected by cancer.

How Do I Cope With Anxiety?

Claire Grainger, LCSW, teaches a breathing technique to help cope with anxiety

How Can I Practice Mindfulness?

CancerCare’s Women and Children’s Program Coordinator, Lauren Chatalian, gives mindfulness tips.

How Do I Incorporate Mindfulness Into My Life?

CancerCare’s Erin Murphy-Wilczek talks about the benefits of mindfulness and gives some tips on how to put it into practice.

Sarah Kelly discusses the impact of the “With Love, Me” program, with Katie Couric

CancerCare oncology social worker Sarah Kelly talks about the impact of the “With Love, Me” for people with cancer and their loved ones with Katie Couric.

Biden Cancer Initiative Hosted at WeWork

On March 27, CancerCare CEO Patricia Goldsmith attended an event hosted by the Biden Cancer Initiative. This event was held in partnership with WeWork and allowed individuals to discuss their experience with cancer and how to make progress against cancer. Thanks to all who were involved!

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 Financial Assistance Services

Vilmarie Rodriguez, LCSW, director of patient assistance programs, provide an overview of CancerCare’s financial assistance services for people affected by cancer.

CancerCare’s Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

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

CancerCare’s Caregiver Program

Andrew Chesler, LMSW, describes the unique and specialized services CancerCare provides to caregivers of people affected by cancer.

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

Stacy Chilton, LCSW, talks about our Women’s Cancers Program and how CancerCare’s Wig and Prosthesis Clinic helps people coping with cancer-related changes to their appearance.

CancerCare: Trust, Community, Hope, Compassion, Support and Resilience

Listen to our clients as they share their unique stories about how they have been helped by CancerCare.

CancerCare’s Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

In Puerto Rico, direct financial assistance provided through CancerCare helped more than 800 individuals coping with a cancer diagnosis offset the costs of paying for food, clothing, fuel, and bills.

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 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 Angelique Caba, LCSW.

CancerCare’s Mind/Body/Spirit Resources

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

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 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 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’s Sarah Paul, LCSW Shares Her Story

CancerCare’s Child and AYA Program Manager, Sarah Paul, LCSW recently spoke to SurvivorNet about her sister’s cancer diagnosis and its impact on her and her family.

CancerCare’s Sarah Kelly, LCSW Discusses Cancer’s Impact on Mental Health

Watch Sarah Kelly, Social Work Internship Program Director at CancerCare discuss the impact of a cancer diagnosis.

Tips for Those Newly Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer

CancerCare’s Women’s Cancers Program Coordinator, Lauren Chatalian, LMSW, gives guidance for women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Keys to Survival for Caregivers

Learn ways to support yourself as you care for a loved one with cancer.

Immunotherapy and Cancer

Learn more about how immunotherapy can be used to treat cancer.

Clavas De Supervivencia Para Cuidadores

Learn ways to support yourself as you care for a loved one with cancer. (Spanish version)

Immunotherapia y Cancer

Learn how immunotherapy is used to treat cancer. (Spanish version)

CancerCare Events

CancerCare’s Lung Cancer Walk for Hope 2022

On November 6, 2022, Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s chorus performed the national anthem at CancerCare’s 19th Annual Lung Cancer Walk for Hope in Woodbury, NY.

CancerCare’s 31st Annual Festival of Hope Gala Video Honoring Bayer

CancerCare thanks Bayer, our Presenting Sponsor and Honoree, at the 2019 Festival of Hope Gala.

CancerCare Celebrates 75 Years of Help and Hope

The 2019 CancerCare Gala took place on Wednesday, April 17, at New York City’s Ziegfeld Ballroom. The annual event brought together philanthropists, health care industry leaders, patient advocates and other supporters to raise funds for the organization’s free counseling, education and financial assistance programs. This video explains CancerCare’s history and how our services have evolved and grown since our founding in 1944.

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.

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