What: CanCare’s National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon
Where: The Westin Houston
The scoop: CanCare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers, recently held their 24th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon. The organization hosts this inspirational luncheon to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money to train their volunteers.
These volunteers support individuals, caregivers, employers, and faith communities so they may in turn provide customized, confidential support to anyone impacted directly or indirectly by cancer. (It costs approximately $100 to train one support volunteer who could potentially serve four newly diagnosed cancer patients.)
This year’s luncheon proceeds exceeded this year’s goal, raising over $245,000 which will potentially help almost 10,000 Houstonians battling the disease. “I want to personally thank everyone who attended and donated to our organization, said CanCare’s president and CEO, Cristina Vetrano. “It’s our hope that we can continue growing our support network and to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”
Kevin Quinn, afternoon host at 104.1 KRBE, served as this year’s emcee, while Leonard Donaldson and Michael Wiesenthal served as luncheon co-chairs. Other special guests included Titus H. Harris, III who was recognized for his dedicated service to the organization, and rabbi Pamela Silk of Congregation Emanu El, who lit a commemorative candle that symbolized the love, respect and honor for those who have been touched by cancer.