How Wellspring Helps
Hearing the words “you have cancer” can be debilitating. Six hundred Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every day, and 80% have significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges that go well beyond the important medical treatments they receive in hospital. That’s where Wellspring fits in.
“The medical community treats the patient. Wellspring treats the person.”Ian Robinson, Wellspring member
Wellspring is the Canadian leader in cancer support programming, devoting itself exclusively to the unique non-medical impacts of having cancer. At Wellspring, people living with cancer, their families and friends can exchange information, develop a support system and create a sense of hope in a warm, caring community. A network of registered charities, Wellspring offers programs and services that meet the emotional, social, physical and practical needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. All Wellspring’s evidence-informed programs and services are free-of-charge and available without referral.
Across Canada in 2021, Wellspring served over 10,000 individuals with members noting improvement to their health, wellbeing and overall quality of life.
At Wellspring, our members sometimes share a bit about their cancer experience and how Wellspring impacts their lives.
Wanda Farkas: I am so much more than my scars
John Nyholt: It’s wonderful to be considered unremarkable
Lynn Kinsman: A help to my whole family
Bella French: Finding hope
Bruce Cooke: Swimming in a Murky Sea
Kathryn Phillip: Things get better with love, support and time
Andre’s Story: Finding the hope you need, when it’s needed most
Sharon Arsenault: Thank you with all my heart
Karla Stephens Tolstoy: Finding help and giving back
Steve’s Story: Learning to think differently
Centre of Innovation – Our Program Creation, Learnings & Quality Assurance
The Centre of Innovation is Wellspring’s way of realizing its commitment to those who seek support. It is an investment in research and development to create programs based on current knowledge, with defined goals, expert leadership and high quality outcomes.
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“Legacy building helped him understand how he wanted our daughter to remember him.”
– Elise, whose husband, Jay, learned his cancer was terminal and turned to Wellspring for programs like the Oasis Advanced Cancer Support Group for Parents