About The Center
Let’s Walk This Journey Together
The Cancer Support Center is here to give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. We do this as a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization. Our programs, resources and services are always delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and experts; and are provided in a warm, welcoming and nurturing setting at no cost to participants.
In 1992, Joan Hopkins and Judy Svancarek faced the challenges of cancer, and realized the need for emotional support for themselves, their family and friends. They experienced examples of support centers and were inspired by survivors that attended the educational lectures and support groups. Joan and Judy listened to doctors and nurses and researched reports that attested to the positive effects that support centers had on the immune system.
In an effort to gather community support and make this dream a reality, Joan and Judy banded together with Judith Hanzelin, an oncology nurse, Carol VanTuyle, who worked in hospice, Jennifer Fallick and Patricia McDonald, who had lost husbands to cancer, to become the driving force behind what is now known as The Cancer Support Center.