Cancer Survivors Support Group Helps Patients and Families With Basic Needs

Gift cards lighten burden for patients in treatment.

Cancer Survivors Who Can volunteers provide therapy dogs and other support services to survivors. Photo courtesy of Cancer Survivors Who Can

Cancer Survivors Who Can is a volunteer-run charity that helps survivors cope with their diagnoses through filmmaking and other creative outlets. During the strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit turned its attention to supporting the basic needs of patients receiving cancer treatment.

Using a Small Grant awarded in 2020, Cancer Survivors Who Can gave away grocery store gift cards to cancer patients and their families at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven.

"It made it easier for cancer patients to not worry about their income for food. We wanted to make their lives easier,” said Brian Smith, founding member of Cancer Survivors Who Can.

The core mission of the organization is to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and help them regain confidence and purpose. The volunteers offer support groups, therapy dogs and creative classes that teach filmmaking and other arts.

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