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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Health (General & Financing)

Mission: Founded in 1981, Cancer Hope Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families nationwide. We provide that support by matching cancer patients and/or family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience. Through this matching process, we strive to provide support and hope, to help patients and family members look beyond the diagnosis, cope with treatment, and start living life to its fullest once again. In short, we strive to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

Programs: Cancer Hope Network is a national non-profit that provides free one-on-one emotional support to adult cancer patients and their families. Each of CHN’s 400 volunteers is at least one year post-treatment or successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. Cancer Hope Network serves cancer patients in the United States and Canada.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors for several years. Over that time, we have seen first-hand the invaluable impact Cancer Hope Network has had on the lives of cancer patients and their families. The support and care given by the CHN staff and trained volunteers is second to none!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has an extensive volunteer component and the paid staff that I have met are truly caring people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for Cancer Hope Network for many years. The staff is dedicated, sincere, well trained & are all a pleasure to work with. They have the utmost concern for everyone they train and support. They love helping / supporting others and it shows.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for several years. I have recommended CHN to several of my friends who (fortunately) have survived various cancers. I know that CHN does a great job and provides a service that is so helpful to people in need of talking to someone that understands their specific circumstances.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a support volunteer for Cancer Hope Network since 2000. The particular concerns of each client are of the utmost importance to the staff when completing a match. They make every effort to fine tune each support visit so that those concerns are eased. Theirs is a very personal and caring approach in helping cancer patients and their families so that the volunteer can provide the best support possible. It has been my pleasure to volunteer for Cancer Hope Network.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

VERY THOROUGH IN THEIR TRAINING. ON TIME AND THE ORIENTATION WAS VERY PERTINENT

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most amazing programs for both the volunteer and clients. The clients get reassurance that wht they are feeling is completely normal. and the volunteer gets to have something positive come out of their personal cancer situation. Wonderful program that I reccommend to anyone who will listen to me

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organization with such a wonderful staff. Many of the staff members themselves either underwent a cancer diagnosis or took on the role as a caregiver as well so there is an element of empathy there. It is an honor to work alongside them and to help them spread hope to the people that call in every day.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was recently diagnosed with MMMT, so during my chemo, I filled out a form yesterday to be matched up with a survivor of my kind of cancer, and to my shock, today I got a call from a representative of Cancer Hope Network. The first shock came when after we had greeted each other on the phone, she wanted to know my type of cancer, and I informed her that mine was uterine cancer known as MMMT. She said she'd never heard of this kind of cancer so I decided to help her out with the full name of the initials. She said they were not aware of this kind of cancer, and later informed me within two minutes of talking to me that there was no survivor this group based in NJ had ever heard of. And shockingly, I asked her how this group could claim all they claim and not be aware of this kind of uterine cancer or to not do their research before contacting me. She then promised to send me an e-mail with two alternative organizations that could probably help me. I am sorry, but this is very discouraging and sad that a representative of a group that is to support and encourage victims of this grave disease could be the source of discouragement. How could she say there is no known person who had survived this kind of cancer to match me up with and how could she not know this cancer and how until now, several hours later, has she not sent me the two names yet? Wow!

Comments ( 1 )

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cancer hope network 08/12/2014

I am sorry we were not able to match you within our organization. Not being medical professionals, we are occasionally faced with a cancer diagnosis that is unfamiliar to a staff member. Our staff is very familiar with our volunteers and as such, it is possible that the staff member knew immediately there was no one in our network who was diagnosed with this type of cancer. As a network of survivors (despite dire diagnoses and predicted outcomes) it is always our goal to provide encouragement and hope. It may just be our misfortune that we do not have a volunteer in our network for a specific cancer type. Our practice is to query like organizations to determine if there is an appropriate match and if so, then make the referral or send that organization’s information to the caller. Please consider contacting our office for other resources that may be of help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Colon Cancer Survivor for 14 yrs. When I was first diagnosed I learned that I would be facing some physical challenges after my surgery. I needed to speak with someone who had gone through this. Cancer Hope Network had the resources of Volunteers that was able to help me prepare for the upcoming challenges that lie ahead. I have now been a Volunteer with Cancer Hope Network for 13 yrs and it's been an honor to give back to a wonderful organization that was there when I needed them. Paula G.