Lynn Joye CanCare Charleston organizer and leader

lynn joye

 

Lynn is a former teacher, mother of three and proud wife of Todd Joye. She is a survivor of breast cancer and was a caregiver to her father with terminal lung cancer. Realizing how important personal connection is while navigating cancer, Lynn was inspired by Anne Turnage, who founded CanCare in Houston, and Kay Royal, who started a CanCare affiliate in Atlanta, to bring the convenience, compassion and quality of the CanCare ministry to the Charleston area. 

Lynn’s family was blindsided  in 2000 when her father was diagnosed with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer and heartbroken when he died only 4 months later.

Since her own cancer diagnosis in 2015 Lynn has been a passionate advocate for peer to peer cancer support.  In 2017 Lynn convinced CanCare, Inc. in Houston, Texas to make it possible for other cities across the country to use CanCare’s successful volunteer training program AND its efficient peer matching database.   She believes it should be the standard of care to connect those facing a cancer diagnosis with a compassionate survivor of the same or similar type of cancer. 

Louise Harvell is a member of the CanCare Charleston leadership team

Louise Harvell

As a homemaker and mother of 6 children, Louise has spent many hours volunteering with various nonprofits.

A survivor of breast and colorectal cancer and a caregiver to her husband, she has experienced both sides of the cancer journey and knows that sharing her story can bring hope to those who are beginning their own cancer walk.

Louise says, “I realized that my journey could be a way to help others who were facing a cancer diagnosis. Caring, encouragement and support is something we all need when life hands us a challenge.”

Ken Alexander Featured Image for CanCare Charleston

KEN Alexander

 

 I grew up on the plains of Texas. When I was ten, my father became a cotton farmer. I learned the fine art of hoeing (which I hated), irrigation, plowing and harvesting.

The Lord called me into the ministry of the Methodist Church when I was a junior in high school. I graduated from McMurry College, Duke Divinity School, and many years later, American University.

At Duke I met a lovely Sophomore, named Janet. We dated for three years, graduated at the same ceremony, got married the next day, and moved to Maryland where I served as a minister in the Baltimore Annual Conference of the Methodist Church.

We have three children, nine grandchildren, eight great grand children and more on the way. We were married for forty-nine years until Janet went to be with the Lord.

I was a Methodist minister for thirty-five years—twenty-three of those years as an Army Chaplain. I retired in 1992 and we moved to South Carolina.

In 1996, I became an Episcopal minister and later entered the Anglican Church of North America, and am now retired. Although retired, I am an assisting priest at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, where I was on staff for six years.

Occasionally, I enjoy splashing watercolors on watercolor paper.

Donald Wilbur, MD CanCare Charleston volunteer

DONALD WILBUR, MD

 

I am a Professor Emeritus at MUSC, where I graduated and taught for 30 years. I am also a former FIFA Inspector/Assessor and have traveled to most, if not all, North and Central American countries as well as the Caribbean nations in the role as a teacher to people of different races and cultures. I am a Stephen Ministry Leader and have taught the curriculum to train Stephen Ministers. I have had multiple skin cancers and am presently being treated for them. My wife, Mary, has had breast CA twice. I believe these experiences have prepared me to be a compassionate, caring and experienced teacher for CanCare.

Mary Wilbur CanCare Charleston leadership team member

Mary Wilbur

 

I have been an oncology nurse for twenty plus years. I also have experience in inpatient hospice care. I am a certified end of life counselor and have been at the bedside of hundreds of patients. I am also a Stephen minister, presently not active as our church does not have a program at this time. I am a breast cancer survivor times two and frequently provide support to friends and neighbors with cancer. Throughout my long nursing career (42 years!) I have done lots of teaching from one on one to very large groups at national meetings.

December 2019 Volunteers Cheri & Henry Coleman in the spotlight

Facts About Cheri & Henry:

 

Henry is a native of the Lowcountry who spent his childhood in the Old Village. Cheri is also a native, growing up west of the Ashley. She and Henry met by happenstance when she was spending time one weekend with her cousin, who lived in Mt. Pleasant and happened to be a friend of Henry’s. They were both 16 at the time and have been together ever since. They were married in 1972 at St. Andrew’s Church, where Henry has been a member all his life. Cheri and Henry both worked for the U.S. government. Cheri worked in accounting while Henry worked in the Department of the Navy, testing the safety of submarines following repair work. Henry also served in the Air Force Reserve for 21 years and his missions included Panama and Desert Storm. They are now both retired. Henry has discovered a passion for repairing antique automobiles and Cheri loves taking care of their two pups. They have both been involved in various ministries at St. Andrew’s throughout the years and are currently active in a Life Group there that is very dear to them.

Diagnoses & Treatments:

In 2009, Cheri and Henry were each diagnosed with different forms of cancer. Henry was diagnosed first with prostate cancer. He had surgery for the cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Two weeks after Henry’s diagnosis, Cheri was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy followed by radiation. In 2013, Cheri was diagnosed with a different type of breast cancer in the opposite breast. She had a double mastectomy in December 2013.

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November 2019 CanCare Charleston volunteers

Newest CanCare Volunteers Complete Training

On Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, the third local class of CanCare volunteers completed their training which was held at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant. This was the first time that the training was done entirely by local trainers: Ken Alexander, Louise Harvell, Lynn Joye, and Mary Wilbur. In addition, Dr. Elizabeth Christian, a retired oncologist, gave a talk to the volunteers. The training was also attended by Teresa Doyle from the Houston CanCare organization who observed and provided feedback to the trainers. Women from St. Matthews Lutheran Church provided lunch for the group on Saturday.

We extend congratulations and a warm welcome to the newest certified CanCare volunteers!

Meet Charlie Kroeger CanCare Charleston's August 2019 Volunteer Spotlight

Where are you from originally and what brought you to the low country?

 

I was born in St. Louis Missouri, and lived in Toronto Ontario, Amherst New Hampshire, and Cincinnati Ohio before moving to the Low Country. While in Cincinnati, I was CEO of a company that was acquired by another; shortly thereafter, I was free of the corporate world and my wife had a lot of history in Charleston…so we ended up moving here and are very happy that we did. Read more >

Meet Jim Johnston CanCare Charleston July 2019 Featured Volunteer

Meet Jim, one of our first volunteers

Jim Johnston was a volunteer in the first CanCare training class in March 2018. Jim’s journey through his cancer diagnosis and treatment was not one for the “faint of heart.” I recently had the opportunity to interview Jim. He doesn’t really think of himself as being extraordinary. But, when you hear his story, I think you’ll agree with me, that there’s not a better word to describe this man and the fight he waged against an incredibly formidable opponent.

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