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.

 

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.

All CanCare training classes, no matter where in the country they take place, are numbered so our graduates can proudly refer to the class they attended.  CanCare began in Houston, TX and  now has affiliates in Colorado Springs, CO, Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC. 

Class #96 was trained in Mt. Pleasant, SC and had survivors of the following cancer types:

  • stage 2 ER+ and PR+ breast
  • stage 1 lobular breast
  • Paget’s disease
  • basal cell skin
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • multiple myeloma.

This class had caregivers to loved ones who had had the following cancers:

  • breast
  • acute leukemia
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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

Tri-County Cancer Survivors-National Cancer Survivor Day

Tri-County Cancer Survivors Event 2019

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 2, Lynn Joye, Louise Harvell and Jean Anglin attended the National Cancer Survivors Day event which is hosted each year by the Tri-County Cancer Survivors Organization. The event honors survivors and their caregivers and includes guest speakers, music, information tables, food and other activities.

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