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Who We Are

Our Mission

The Cancer Support Center exists to provide strength, guidance, and support to anyone impacted by cancer - whoever and wherever they are.

Our evidence-based programs and services are created and delivered personally, virtually and in ideal settings by professional therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and healthcare experts and our resources are available and accessible to all through many communities, channels, and tools.

We are able to provide all of this at no cost to our participants near and far because of the dedication of our donors, benefactors, volunteers, and friends who know how critical this depth of support is for people to not just survive, but to thrive.

Our Vision

To be THE source of hope, help, and strength that changes the lives of every person impacted by cancer.

Our History 

In 1992, Joan Hopkins and Judy Svancarek faced the challenges of cancer and realized the need for emotional support for themselves, their family, and friends. They visited other support centers and were inspired by the educational lectures and support groups. Joan and Judy listened to doctors and nurses and researched reports that attested to the positive effects that support centers had on the immune system. In an effort to gather community support and make this dream a reality, Joan and Judy banded together with Judith Hanzelin, an oncology nurse, Carol VanTuyle, who worked in hospice, Jennifer Fallick and Patricia McDonald, who had lost husbands to cancer, to become the driving force behind what is now known as The Cancer Support Center.

Today, The Cancer Support Center provides comprehensive support and wellness programs to thousands of people annually.  Everyone who comes to The Center is cared for – we do not have strict geographic limits and we do not limit how frequently individuals can come to The Center for support. We are here to ease the burden of the cancer journey – from the beginning with diagnosis through treatment and well after someone is “cancer-free."

For many of our participants, they experience the emotional burden of their diagnosis and care well after their physical care is provided.  If you know of someone who is struggling with their cancer journey or loved one is in need of support, please encourage them to stop by and meet with one of our program navigators so that they know that they are not alone.  If you need us, please come on in and let us work with you to find hope, help, and healing!

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“Eleven years ago when the doctor told me that I had breast cancer…that was a fearful, unknown circumstance that you don’t want to think about. When I got to The Cancer Support Center, I was welcomed with open arms, big kindness, lots of love and patience. Also, they gave me the courage to fight this battle – and that I have for eleven years.”

– Dorothy, Cancer Survivor

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