The Cancer Assistance Program (CAP) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization offering free services for individuals and families affected by cancer, living in the greater region of Hamilton and surrounding communities.
The services offered by CAP are practical and tangible in nature. They have a focus on creating access and removing barriers, promoting personal safety, reducing or eliminating financial burden and offering individuals with cancer the opportunity to live more comfortably, with dignity and improved emotional health. The mission of CAP is to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.
Services include transportation to and from medical appointments, loans of home health equipment, limited access to parking for cancer-related appointments taking place at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC) and Juravinski Hospital, as well as monthly issuances of adult incontinence products and oral nutritional supplements. Wigs, breast prostheses and mastectomy bras are also available. All services are available free of charge for as long as needed.
Delivering these much needed services are compassionate and caring volunteers. Over 100 volunteers contribute their time every year to service delivery as well as Cancer Assistance Program planning, fund development activities and organizational governance, alongside four full-time and two part-time staff.
The Cancer Assistance Program is not in receipt of sustainable government funding. It relies greatly on the generosity of the community and the proceeds of special events held throughout the year.