The New Jersey office of this priceless organization has supported me through my 6 plus years (three cancer recurrences) of conquering Ovarian cancer. They are at the ready to provide various means of support to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer in any way. My counselor is an angel on earth, who provides me a safe place to express the trials of my journey and to build emotional strength . I am continually impressed by their efforts of out reach to the community. I am grateful to be able to donate to CC and be a small part in supporting the good work they do.
My CancerCare experience was started just after my wife was diagnosed. She went one-on-one with Sonia and I went one-on-one with Claire. My wife loved Sonia and I so with Claire as counselors. When my wife passed, I became very sad - then a group started in early Spring. I felt as though I could speak with Cindy and the group members. I felt safe. Then another group started and I felt confident my grief lessened and the one-on-one with Claire helped me tremendously to get me through.
My husband was diagnosed with cancer in November 2008. He was only 45 years old and our child was just 5 years old. Our entire world was shattered in a moment. To say that we were lost and scared would be an understatement. Our first thoughts were how do we help our child her through this? I searched the internet for resources to help us and Cancercare was the only one that had social workers for children.
From the first phone call I made, I knew there was help for us. Everyone at the Cancercare in Ridgewood were kind and compassionate through our journey. There was support for my child and for me throughout my husband's battle. Sadly my husband passed away shortly after his diagnosis and the grief support we received from Cancercare was so critical to our healing. We have attended the Healing Hearts Camp and many other functions. We share our grief and healing with the other families there. Nothing will ever take away the pain of our loss but knowing that we are not alone in our struggle makes a world of difference.
This is an amazing organization that helped restore hope in our lives.
I can't say enough good things about Cancer Care. When my oldest son died at 9 years old from leukemia, I didn't know how to breathe let alone live. Cancer Care was like a life preserver. It was so helpful to meet with my grief counselor each week to just talk. She helped me to navigate my daily life and cultivate healing tools. My youngest son also met with a social worker at Cancer Care for play therapy. I've since become a volunteer at Cancer Care and continue to see what a difference this wonderful organization makes in the lives of families who've lost a parent, child, sibling. Cancer Care helps us to learn how to smile again.
I was blessed with finding my way to CancerCare upon my first diagnosis of ovarian Cancer in 2010. As a BRCA I carrier, I have since had a prophylactic mastectomy. I was diagnosed with a recurrence of ovarian cancer in 2012. I continue to receive ongoing maintenance treatments with the hope of avoiding another recurrence. My relationship with CancerCare is in its 6th year and I consider it to be a priceless gift for which I am extremely grateful. My counselor Claire and the CC staff provide me with a safe and comfortable place to express the challenges and concerns that I have living “my new normal”. They continually impart valuable information and resources that inspire hope. The journey is long, but faith, the love of family and friends, and the continued support that I receive from CancerCare empowers me to live my life happily, beyond the fear of a cancer diagnosis.
I've attended the Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp in 2015 with my teenage son. My mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer, so sudden that I tried my best to cope with the grief. I then was introduced of the retreat by my wonderful sister, and I have to say I had such a great experience. I was able to learn how to cope with such a great lost with other wonderful families who have gone through the same experiences. My son have made new friends, and together we've enjoyed the events the Ranch, and the staff have prepared for us. I learned how to make a necklace with a pendant with my mother's picture, created a awesome piece for the quilt. So much fun, and a great way to keep the memory of a loved one alive.
Since, I have been able to move past the grief, and more towards acceptance.... Thank You My Cancer Care Family!
CancerCare staff are nothing short of "lifesavers". I refer to them as grief "EMT's". When my 19 year old son died of Ewing sarcoma, Kathy Nugent and her staff helped my family learn how to live again. I remember telling Kathy how I felt hopeless. She said she would help me redefine hope. I could not believe that was possible, With seemingly bottomless patience and empathy Kathy helped me find a path to find peace. Sadly, other friends have experienced loss from cancer, and I have sent them to find hope at CancerCare. They too credit this wonderful organization with restoring hope.
I was given Cancer Cares information at the Cancer Center my husband was being treated at for Glioblastoma brain cancer. I was welcomed at the organization very quickly and have been going for counseling and attending support groups provided. This organization has been a life line for me as my husband has passed away from his cancer and if was not for cancer care the difficult times would of been unbearable. I am so thankful and feel so blessed to have found this amazing and giving organization.
CancerCare is dedicated to ensuring that all people who contact us receive our services. As a national organization, we make every effort to accommodate everyone in a timely manner, as we did in this case. Our experts – professional oncology social workers – conduct an assessment of every individual seeking counseling in order to direct them to the most appropriate counseling method. Everyone deemed appropriate for a support group is assigned to one. Our website clearly states the waiting period as 5-7 business days. While results of the assessment process may sometimes not meet a person’s expectation, this process is clinical best practice.
Review from Guidestar
I contacted this organization to seek support as a caregiver during my wife's cancer ordeal. I filled out the surveys but was never added to a support board. I contacted the COO, John Rutigliano, as well as the Program Director of Online Client Services, Erin Columbus. They both apologized for the lack of service and stated that they take 5-7 business days to process. Still, I was never added to a group. This organization may at one time have been very good, but they are now not worthy of your donations. Stay away.
Review from CharityNavigator