The Cancer Awareness Network for Children, Inc. (CAN) is a program birthed out of the pain and frustration of my siblings and I as we witnessed our mother’s untimely demise to cancer. As such, we decided to use our frustration and pain to help others. In 1997, we co-founded the Cancer Awareness Network for Children, Inc., a non-profit 501© 3 organization. The “for children” portion of the title in our name reflects my siblings and I as we searched for answers amongst the devastation we experienced. For the past twenty-three years, the CAN has served the community hosting annual quarterly free workshop luncheons at local churches and
community centers throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area.
The main goal of the Cancer Awareness Network for Children is to eliminate and diminish some of the fears associated with the diagnosis of cancer for people of all ages. The organization works closely with local oncologists who serve as presenters at each workshop. This partnership enables us to stay abreast of updates and clinical breakthroughs in research in the area of oncology. Since its inception, CAN has served over 500 cancer survivors and their family members, being empowered through our services. CAN is designed to inform, motivate, and educate individuals assisting in an effective and positive health care experience.
The volunteers and staff work hard to ensure that after participants attend the
Cancer Awareness Network for Children, Inc. workshop, they will be able to:
The theme of the Cancer Awareness Network for Children of all ages program is “Cutting Away the Fears”. The logo is symbolized by a pair of “open scissors” representing a cutting away motion. We are continually and actively involved supporting and enabling patients upon their request on a regular basis. In addition to educating, enabling and empowering caretakers and honoring survivors, we assist participants with transportation needs, house cleaning during treatment, direct them to appropriate agencies for financial support and healthcare, and guide them in networking with similar organizations for themselves and family members.
“Cutting Away the Fears”
We touch over 300 lives each year with our workshops/luncheons, stage play, and assistance program.