CANCARE, a local ministry at First Pres provides hope and encouragement for cancer patients and their caregivers from both inside and outside the church. Trained volunteers, who themselves are either cancer survivors or caregivers are now prepared to support patients and their caregivers who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Being understood by someone who has lived with cancer can give Hope for living. While friends and family members can be caring and compassionate, no one can truly understand the challenges of having cancer like someone who has been there. CanCare volunteers have experienced cancer and provide one-on- one, long term emotional support to cancer patients and their families. CanCare volunteers are matched with individuals according to type of cancer, treatment method, age, gender and family situation. The unique relationship, strengthened through compassion and respect, allows the patient to talk openly, share concerns and express fears without hurting or overburdening loved ones.
CANCARE SERVICES include:
1. One-on-one emotional support for cancer patients and family members. Individuals are matched with a trained volunteer who have experienced the same type of cancer or similar circumstances.
2. Outreach visits at local hospitals. CanCare volunteers regularly visit cancer patients, helping cancer patients and their families feel cared for beyond their medical needs.
3.Volunteer training and continuing education. CanCare's intensive 17 hour training is designed to prepare volunteers to help their referrals cope with the physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of their cancer experience. The training is interactive and led by a professional psychologist. Other training leaders include oncologists,clergy, experienced volunteers and CanCare's professional staff.
4. Community Outreach. CanCare participates in local community health fairs and health related events, and welcomes speaking opportunities to reach cancer patients and helth care providers.
For more information on becoming a CanCare volunteer, or to arrange a match for a cancer patient or family member, or to speak with a CanCare volunteer call.
Caring Ministry Office, FPC, 884-6145
To find out more about the CanCare national organization, go to cancare.org.