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We’re Featured in Charleston’s HealthLinks

The September October 2021 issue of HealthLinks includes an article about CanCare Charleston. Written by Cindy Landrum, the article gives readers an understanding of what we do and why. Charleston’s CanCare organizer Lynn Joye was interviewed for the article and provides insights into what and why the organization exists.

 

 

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“Meeting actual survivors on the other side of their cancer journey is reassuring to newly diagnosed patients…”

“The beautiful thing about CanCare is that you continue to heal as you help others,” she added. “It is helpful for us, and it gives the newly diagnosed and their loved ones the hope they may not have even known they needed.”

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CanCare Charleston Patrons Jerry and Susan Brown

Invested Volunteer donates seed money

We recently invited one of Charleston CanCare’s first donors to write a letter explaining why he decided to contribute seed money to our new CanCare affiliate and we share his note with you to thank and applaud him for his philanthropy and caring.

 

 

“I am an 18-year survivor of multiple myeloma, a lethal blood cancer. For most of those years, I have looked for ways to use my story to encourage other people with cancer. Two years ago, I realized that CanCare could enable me to help people with the same kind of cancer I recovered from. I currently support six cancer patients, four with multiple myeloma.

As I became more invested in helping develop the structure and leadership of CanCare of Charleston, I saw an immediate need to build revenue to both support and expand our local program. I also knew that contributions from within our organization would encourage outside donors to offer us gifts and grants.

My wife Susan and I are committed to tithing — giving 10% of our income to Christian ministries. Most of that tithe goes to the church, but we also give to more than a dozen other nonprofits, especially those in which we are personally involved. Naturally, we felt the need to make a gift to CanCare. We hope that this “seed money” will support training, videos, brochures and other goods and services that will help us reach people who so desperately need survivors by their side.”

CanCare Charleston's second volunteer training class

Our Volunteers have lived through Cancer

This is a photo of our second CanCare class (#87).

In this class we had 13 volunteers who survived the following cancers:

  • stage 2 bladder
  • stage 1 ER+ breast
  • stage 2 ER+, PR+, and Her2+ breast
  • stage 2 triple negative breast
  • stage 2 lobular breast
  • Paget’s disease
  • stage 2 and stage 3 colon
  • stage 2 kidney
  • stage 1 lung
  • stage 1 melanoma
  • stage 3 multiple myeloma
  • stage 2 and stage 4 prostate
  • stage 2 renal.

And in this class we had caregivers to loved ones who had had the following cancers:
brain

  • breast
  • melanoma an
  • prostate.
Cancare Charleston's first volunteer training class
Our Volunteers have Been on the same Cancer Journey as you and your loved one

Do you know the types of cancers our volunteers have experienced?

At our first training class, we had 12 volunteers attend who had survived the following cancers:

  • stage 3 ER+ breast stage
  • 2 HER2+ breast
  • stage 3 colon
  • stage 3 esophageal
  • acute myeloid leukemia
  • stage 3 lymphoma,
  • stage 3 stomach
  • stage 3 tongue.

We had caregivers whose loved ones had had the following cancers:

  • stage 2 breast
  • stage 4 colon
  • stage 4 lung, an
  • stage 4 pancreatic.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please go to this page to get more information.

Cancer patients can get help from a licensed counselor

Jeannine M. Harrell, MA, a licensed professional counselor associate with offices in Mount Pleasant, is offering a complimentary session to local cancer patients, or caregivers, or CanCare volunteers.

Jeannine Harrell, MAMs. Harrell says, “Human beings are naturally resilient, but it’s also natural to feel overwhelmed at times.” She notes on her website that counseling helps as you explore the emotions you have related to the issues in your life. 

How does counseling help cancer patients?

According to Cancer.net and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, getting counseling can help you:

  • Learn ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis and feel less overwhelmed and more in control.
  • Explore what your cancer experience means to you.
  • Manage depression and anxiety.
  • Manage cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, such as pain and fatigue.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with the health care team.
  • Address relationship issues with family and friends.
  • Discuss financial concerns and identify helpful resources.
  • Explore options and get feedback about important decisions.
  • Consider workplace issues and strategies to manage them.
  • Discuss your concerns about what comes after finishing treatment.
  • Learn how to help your family understand and adjust to changes in routine.

 

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.

Don and Mary Wilbur
Don and Mary Wilbur are very active members of Charleston CanCare’s team of trainers. Volunteer trainings are now available on Zoom every month!