Category: Cancer Care News

Cancer Care News is about recaps on events, updates about staff/ the organization, and outreach efforts.

Help Stabilize Those Impacted by Cancer

Give for North Texas Giving Day 2023

You are the foundation upon which those impacted by cancer can thrive. Just like our clients rely on the unwavering strength of our social workers, we rely on you to ensure that no one has to cope with cancer alone.

Join others in giving help & hope on North Texas Giving Day.

This year, we are already seeing an increase in clients, similar to last year’s 17% increase. Here is a snapshot of the crucial cancer support services provided as of July 2023:

  • Over 101,500 miles in transportation to and from treatment
  • Over $267,000 in financial assistance
  • 276 emergency fund payments for utilities, groceries, and other basic needs
  • 644 cases of nutritional supplements
  • 592 medication copays covered
  • 11 community health screening events hosted in medically underserved communities

Your donation will directly bolster critical financial, emotional, and practical support programs that stabilize cancer patients and their loved ones in a time of distress.

Community screening partners pose outside of Cancer Care. Photo Credit | Krys Williams
Community screening partners pose outside of Cancer Care. Photo Credit | Krys Williams

Here’s how you can make a difference on North Texas Giving Day:

  1. Donate: Visit our North Texas Giving Day page and make a donation that fits your heart and budget.
  2. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Consider creating a personal fundraising page and inviting your network to contribute. You can inspire even more people to make a positive impact!
  3. ShareSpread the word about our campaign on your social media platforms and encourage your friends and family to join you in supporting those impacted by cancer.
With your support, we can prevent isolation and create a resilient support system for every person who comes our way.

Empowering children impacted by cancer

Group photo at CampCARE 2023

CampCARE 2023 Wrap Up

CampCARE was “out of this world” (this year’s theme)! 75 children, ages 5-12 who have a loved one with cancer, attended Cancer Care’s week-long day camp. We were thrilled to welcome 31 new campers this year!

The campers hiked, canoed, fished, swam, fed horses, tried archery, met Fort Worth firefighters, conquered the ropes course, and, most importantly – shared their cancer experiences with their peers and learned healthy ways to cope, thanks to our therapists on staff. By the end of the week, each child KNEW they were not alone in their cancer journeys.

One of our priorities during CampCARE is to provide creative ways for the children to express their thoughts and feelings. This year, every child decorated a t-shirt in honor or memory of their loved one with cancer. One of the campers honored her dad, who has cancer, by writing, “My dad is a warrior.So empowering for them both!

A young girl at CampCARE 2023 shows the front of her decorated t-shirt. A young girl at CampCARE 2023 shows the back of her decorated t-shirt.

Because finances shouldn’t mean that a child has to cope with cancer alone, CampCARE is always FREE to attend.

One mom shared, “I just wanted to say thank you so much for inviting our children to Camp Carter! It was such a blessing to be able to have them attend and there was no way we would have been able to send all 3 of them for a whole week. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much! They loved every minute of it and made some wonderful memories!”

CampCARE in the News

NBC 5 featured CampCARE in their #SomethingGood segment! Check out the video below or view the segment on the NBCDFW website.

Sharing Gratitude

Lastly, we would like to thank the many people who made CampCARE an out-of-this-world event. We are proud of our Camp Director and counseling team for making every child feel loved and heard! The CampCARE crew leaders did a fantastic job guiding their groups and encouraging bonding. We were blessed with many volunteers that decorated the retreat center, helped the camp run smoothly, and cleaned up. To the Sportsmen’s Club of Fort Worth and our donors – we could not bring help and hope to our campers without you! Thank you!

Empower Children Impacted by Cancer

If you would like to support life-changing programs like CampCARE, please consider joining our monthly giving club. The Hope Collective ensures that those impacted by cancer receive financial, emotional, and practical support all year round.

Cancer Care Services Wins Best of Fort Worth 2023

Best of Fort Worth 2023 logo overlayed on background of a mom and adult daughter hugging.

Best of Fort Worth 2023 – Service Organization Award

Best of Fort Worth 2023 Award

Cancer Care Services is honored to announce that we have been named the Reader’s Pick Best of Fort Worth – Service Organization for 2023! This award is a testament to the dedication of our staff, volunteers, and donors, who are committed to providing compassionate, quality care to our clients and their families.

Cancer Care Services is a non-profit organization that has been providing cancer support services to Tarrant County since 1946. We offer comprehensive financial, emotional, and practical support at no cost to those impacted by cancer. 

Thank you to the Fort Worth community for making us the Reader’s Pick for Fort Worth’s best service organization! We are committed to providing local cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors with help and hope.

A Special Thanks to Our Staff

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our entire staff for their commitment to the Cancer Care mission. Without them, this award would not be possible. A special thanks goes out to our Program Team, who provides compassionate and knowledgeable support to patients and families! 

Thank You, Fort Worth!

We are so grateful for the support of the Fort Worth community. Cancer Care is proud to be a part of this city, and we look forward to serving Tarrant County for many more years.

To learn more about ways you can support the mission of Cancer Care Services, please visit our website at

The Financial Impact of Cancer

A couple sits on the ground surrounded by bills due to the financial impact of cancer.

Cancer can cause financial distress for many already struggling to afford their basic needs. In 2022, 79% of our clients who reported their annual income made $42,000 or less, and 6% reported having ZERO income. Cancer Care Services exists, so no one has to choose between paying for their basic needs and cancer-related bills.

What does the financial impact of cancer look like?

The financial impact of cancer infographic in englishThe financial impact of cancer infographic in spanish 


Where can I find resources to reduce financial distress?

Cancer Care Services offers financial assistance for transportation, emergency needs, medication co-pays, and more for those who qualify. We also have a financial navigator who can look over medical bills, insurance, and budgets to reduce financial toxicity and distress for those impacted by cancer. Our online resources page contains many organizations and programs that provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families

How can I support those impacted by cancer?

There are three things you can do to support cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors.

  1. Volunteer your time! Cancer Care needs volunteers for Connect and supporting events, general office duties, and the infusion rooms at Texas Oncology. Start by filling out our online volunteer application.
  2. Spread awareness! Attend a community #CancerCareAWARE Tour or host your own (we will help you every step of the way) to learn more about our services and how you can help with our greatest needs. This is one of the best ways to spread the word about our free, wrap-around services for individuals and families impacted by cancer. Sign up for a #CancerCareAWARE Tour.
  3. Give a gift! Your donation ensures financial, emotional, and practical services to those impacted by cancer in our community. Your donation brings help and hope.

Introducing our 2023 Volunteer of the Month!

Jackie Gibbons poses with flowers for National Volunteer Month.

It’s National Volunteer Month, and we’re celebrating with a special recognition of Jackie Gibbons – volunteer extraordinaire and Cancer Care board member! You may have seen Jackie welcoming clients with a smile, heard her bring hope to a cancer patient on a phone call, or even eaten one of her delicious cookies at our events.

Jackie Gibbons poses with flowers for National Volunteer Month.

Jackie has shared her insight about volunteering at Cancer Care Services:

  • Tell us about yourself:

 I’m a mom of 2 high schoolers, a boy and a girl. I have been married for almost 19 years. I have 2 dogs, and I love to take them for walks/hikes. I love to bake.

  • What brought you to Cancer Care Services as a volunteer?

I wanted to do more than just donate money to the organization. I wanted to donate my time. I believe in the mission and don’t think that anyone should go through cancer alone.

  • What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Cancer Care Services?

Interacting with clients and seeing the changes in their lives that the services are providing. 

  • What has been one of your most memorable moments volunteering with Cancer Care Services?

During one of the luncheons, a speaker had the guests stand up based on their experience with cancer (personally going through it, a caregiver, a family member, a friend, etc.). There was not a single person left sitting when he was done. Cancer affects everyone.

  • How has your experience with cancer impacted your volunteering?

Every client that walks through the door, or calls on the phone, would probably prefer to be doing anything else. Nobody wants to deal with cancer, so when I am volunteering, I want to make sure the client feels special.

  • What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering with Cancer Care Services?

Donating time can be as much or minimal as you want. But seeing what Cancer Care Services can do for our community makes it so rewarding.

And to all our wonderful volunteers – the Cancer Care staff have some words of gratitude for all that you do year-round!

“Volunteers are the lifeblood that keep non-profits running and moving forward. All the things you do make it easier for us to spend time with the clients, and we couldn’t do it without you! Thank you!”

– Amy Laude, LBSW | Clinic Social Worker

“Thank you for your commitment to Cancer Care Services and our clients. You are often helping behind the scenes but your help does not go unnoticed. It is both seen and felt whether that’s covering the reception desk, assisting/donating to our Connect events, assisting in the infusion room at Texas Oncology, decorating our building for the Christmas season, or a number of other ways you fill in the gaps where we can’t. This week, we celebrate you but hope that you’ve felt our appreciation all year because we understand your service comes from the heart and not a paycheck. Thank you from the bottom of our heart.”

– Christi Jackson, LMSW | Clinic Social Work Manager

“I appreciate that the volunteers provide a needed refreshment for the front office staff, while also supporting the program team in directing calls and checking in on how we are doing. Their care for the clients is an encouragement to me also!”

– Joy Rong, LMSW | Community Social Worker

Visit our Facebook and Instagram to see our National Volunteer Month posts happening all month long. You can thank Cancer Care’s volunteers in the comments!

Cancer Care could not serve the community without the hard work of our volunteers! If you would like to become a Cancer Care volunteer, fill out our Online Volunteer Application to start bringing help and hope to those impacted by cancer.

2022 Highlights and Impact

2022 was a big year for Cancer Care! Thanks to supporters, volunteers, and advocates like you – over 3,500 individuals impacted by cancer received financial, emotional, and practical support at no cost to them.

Service highlights of 2022:

  • 186,121 miles in transportation assistance to get to and from treatment
  • $371,000 in emergency funds and financial assistance
  • 47,649 action to help our clients lessen their financial burden

“I had a cancer patient who canceled all his appointments after finding out what his total cost was going to be. I was able to help find a lot of resources to cover those medical expenses so that he was comfortable rescheduling his cancer treatment without accumulating as much debt as he would have had.”

– Cancer Care’s Clinic Social Work Manager

Read Cancer Care’s 2022 Impact Report

Click here to discover how cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors received HELP & HOPE in 2022. Also, don’t forget to scan the QR Code on the second page to learn about the financial distress cancer often causes (or click to view the English version or the Spanish version)!

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Reducing Cancer Disparities in Tarrant County

A Cancer Care Services staff member talks to a woman at a health fair with a goal of reducing cancer disparities in Tarrant County.

Cancer Care Services is unique, relevant, innovative, responsive, equitable, and inclusive. We are undertaking a significant DEI project in 2023, expertly facilitated by Dr. Emily Spence. Dr. Spence and Cancer Care’s staff have recruited a Design Team of researchers, community health experts, and individuals with lived experience. The aim is to identify and implement long-term solutions to reducing cancer disparities in Tarrant County. 

“Cancer Care Services has a long history of providing wrap-around support for individuals and families who are impacted by cancer. They are deeply invested in addressing the multi-level factors that sustain inequities in cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. As a local non-profit organization, they’ve committed sizable resources toward co-creating a health equity outreach plan in partnership with community members. Their leadership and authentic interest in reducing cancer disparities is reflected in their intentional methods of eliciting guidance from best practice research, community residents, and experienced practitioners to design, develop and implement effective health equity strategies.”

– Dr. Emily Spence, Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Health Equity, University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Our Community Outreach page also shows how and why our Outreach team is helping reduce cancer disparities in Tarrant County.

Raising Awareness & Support for Colorectal Cancer

Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth graphic.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month! 

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month promotes the importance of colorectal cancer screenings and lifestyle habits to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer Society found that “when excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.” While colorectal cancer is a common cancer diagnosis in the United States, the death rate for colon and rectal cancer has dropped over the past few decades.

Screenings often find colorectal polyps or growths before they develop into cancer, which is why consistent preventative screenings are so important! Colon and rectal cancer treatments have also seen improvement over the past decades.

Cancer Care Services Partners with Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth/ Colon Cancer Coalition

Our partnership with Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth/ Colon Cancer Coalition helps bring awareness of colorectal cancer to the community and meet the needs of those diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer.

The Colon Cancer Coalition raises awareness, education, and funding for local nonprofits through their yearly “Get Your Rear in Gear” runs. Over the past six years, Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth and the Colon Cancer Coalition have raised over $78,000 to support Cancer Care’s programs for those impacted by cancer!

Blow up colon at Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth.

When is Fort Worth’s next Get Your Rear in Gear run?

Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth’s next run is March 19th, 2023! Online registration for participants closes on March 15th. If you want to volunteer, you can sign up online for race day volunteer shifts. 

Cancer Care Services will be cheering on the racers and spreading awareness about our free cancer support services! We hope to see you there!

Welcome Our New 2023 Board Members!

Bill and Cindy join the 2023 Board of Directors for Cancer Care Services.

Meet our new 2023 Board Members – Cindy Coffin and Bill Fairley!

Cindy Coffin joins Cancer Care Services' Board of Directors.
Cindy is the Coordinator of Office Services of the Donor Relations department at Texas Christian University.

Why did you say “yes” to being on the Board of Directors for Cancer Care?
Because it matters!

Which area of the Cancer Care mission impacts you the most?

What do you hope to accomplish through your Board service with Cancer Care?
I’d like to participate fully in making sure the incredible services provided continue and to share what is being done with others, especially as I learn more and more.


Bill Fairley joins Cancer Care Services' Board of Directors.

Bill is the owner of Fairley Wealth Management.

Why did you say “yes” to being on the Board of Directors for Cancer Care?
My wife and I love this organization, and we have been supporters for years and know folks that have benefited from Cancer Care’s services. Being asked was, and is, an honor in my mind, and I am flattered to be invited. I want to help this organization however I can.

Which area of the Cancer Care mission impacts you the most?
While I haven’t been impacted directly, I know many who have and believe the care and support of caregivers is an area that I am most interested in.

What do you hope to accomplish through your Board service with Cancer Care?
Support the mission of the organization, provide advice and/or direction on initiatives, encourage others to get involved and hopefully donate, and help raise the profile of Cancer Care Services.

We are so excited to have Cindy and Bill join Cancer Care Services’ Board of Directors! Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise with us!

View our Board of Directors here.

Where to donate your wig or hair to help people with cancer

Portrait of a smiling young woman holding up her cut ponytail after getting her hair done at a salon.

Donating a wig or your hair can help a cancer patient facing hair loss gain confidence and comfort. We have put together a list of organizations to help you choose where to donate your wig or hair.

Choosing where to donate your wig or hair can be overwhelming with all the different options. We suggest to carefully review each organization’s requirements to determine the best fit for you!

What causes hair loss during cancer?

Certain chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and hormonal therapy treatments may cause hair loss, which you can read more about in our Resource Post

Where can I donate wigs?

Texas Health Resources Women’s Boutique in Fort Worth accepts donated wigs. They carry wigs, camisoles, and other items intended to make cancer treatment a little easier.

  • Contact Person: Carolyn Bell
  • 817-250-1488
  • Located in the THR Hospital, Downtown Ft. Worth (Klabzuba Tower)

EBeauty has an online wig exchange program. Simply fill out their wig donation form and ship the wig to their office. Please keep in mind that EBeauty does not accept shampoo and other hair cleaning products, hair wraps, partial wigs, and wig heads. 

Where can I donate hair?

While Wigs and Wishes does not accept donated wigs, they do accept donated hair.

Hair Requirements:

  • 12″ or longer
  • braided
  • free of hair products

The Survivor Gals Cancer Boutique in the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth also accepts donated hair. They also have a location in Plano, TX.

Hair Requirements:

  • Hair must be at least 10″ long
  • Bleached hair cannot be used
  • Dyed or permed hair is acceptable
  • Must be bundled in a ponytail or braid

 Please call to schedule an appointment at 817-924-8800.

Where can I receive wigs?

In addition to the above organizations, check out our resource posts for organizations that provide wigs, head coverings, and cooling caps to cancer patients. Many of the organizations offer these items at free or reduced costs.

Why should I donate a wig or my hair?

Hair loss can be another challenge a patient has to face during cancer treatment. Your wig or hair donation can help a patient cope with the emotional and physical impact of cancer!