CancerCare Celebrates 75 Years of Help and Hope on May 4, 2019

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

CancerCare®, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer, celebrated 75 years of providing help and hope on May 4. Since 1944, CancerCare’s commitment to offering help and hope to anyone affected by cancer has remained constant. Every program developed strives to better serve clients with services such as free counseling, support groups, educational materials and financial assistance programs.

Earlier this year CancerCare launched a new campaign, “If It Matters To You, It Matters To Us.” The campaign declares CancerCare’s pledge to holistic, patient-centered support services and celebrates a legacy of comprehensive care for people living with cancer. The heart of the campaign features distinct, personalized stories from CancerCare clients.

“For 75 years, CancerCare has championed the importance of addressing what matters most to patients and their families through free, direct services to help cope with the emotional, practical and financial challenges of a cancer diagnosis,” said CancerCare CEO, Patricia J. Goldsmith. “Despite the dynamic changes in medicine and the health care industry, CancerCare’s growth and evolution has always been guided by the needs of patients, caregivers, loved ones of the bereaved and survivors.”

With a mayoral proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio, May 4, 2019 was recognized as CancerCare Day in New York. This proclamation honors three-quarters of a century of service to the cancer community in the five boroughs and beyond.

In addition to the mayoral proclamation, 10 buildings and monuments lit up blue across the country on Saturday evening, including the Helmsley Building, Bloomberg Tower, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Wrigley Building, US Bank Tower and the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge.

Throughout the coming year, CancerCare invites anyone impacted by cancer—whether as a person living with cancer, a caregiver, a loved one or a friend—to celebrate by sharing what matters most to them. To learn more about CancerCare’s history and legacy, visit, or join the conversation on social media by following #CancerCare75.

About CancerCare® Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

To learn more, visit or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).