May 07, 2013JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Marking its one-year anniversary in Atlanta, CanCare is celebrating with an outdoor jazz concert Saturday, May 11.
CanCare is a nonprofit cancer support organization that provides one-on-one personal support to cancer patients and their loved ones. Throughout the past year, CanCare has trained local volunteers to provide support to more than 50 recently diagnosed cancer patients and their families.
All CanCare services are confidential and provided without charge.
"In Harmony for Cancer" featuring the Dan Baraszu Trio with vocalist Laura Coyle will be on the grounds of Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, 10950 Bell Road, Johns Creek, and includes great food and a huge silent auction with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting CanCare. Tickets are $20 by email or at the door, $25. Information for this event can be found at www.jcpcusa.org/concert.
Local three-time cancer survivor Kay Royal, who used CanCare services while living in Houston, Texas, has been largely responsible for bringing CanCare to the North Fulton area.
"I benefitted tremendously from my relationship with CanCare. They paired me with an inspirational cancer survivor whose compassion and understanding gave me a renewed sense of hope that I could conquer this life-threatening disease," Royal said.
As a young mother and wife, Royal endured extensive treatment including two stem-cell transplants and relied heavily on the emotional support CanCare was able to provide.
After moving to Atlanta, Royal was saddened to discover that a friend experiencing a cancer recurrence could not find the same type of personalized support locally. Believing that no one with cancer should have to suffer alone, Royal met with her pastor, the Rev. Neal Kuhlhorst, to share her concerns. Together, they approached CanCare leadership in Houston, and were eventually joined by Dr. Stephen Szabo of Emory Johns Creek Hospital to explore the possibility of bringing these vital services to the Southeast.
Royal's dream has become a reality. Over the past year, CanCare has trained dozens of cancer survivors and their family members to help patients cope with a cancer diagnosis, give support during treatment and enable patients and family members to move forward with hope.
The next CanCare volunteer training session will be Aug. 23 – 25 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
With an estimated 330,000 cancer survivors in Georgia, Royal says becoming a CanCare volunteer is an extremely rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, their families and the community. To learn more about how to enroll in the upcoming training session or for more information on CanCare, contact Neal Kuhlhorst at 678-467-4909.