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CancerCare was founded in 1944 in New York City with the mission of helping advanced cancer patients. The lampMore was chosen as the symbol for the organization because its light represented warmth, comfort and hope. From the very beginning, CancerCare has provided financial assistance for home care, as well as counseling by professional oncology social workers. By 1980, CancerCare was helping more than 25,000 people with its free counseling services, which to this day are the heart of the organization's work. During the 1980s and 1990s, technological advances like a toll-free counseling line, Web site and Connect Education workshops helped make the organization's services available to people across the country.

Today, CancerCare has 100-plus staff members who help more than 100,000 people each year. The organization's Web sites have grown to become leading online resources for cancer information, with more than 1 million unique visitors in 2009. The size and focus of the organization have grown tremendously since 1944, but the essential work is the same: caring for each individual, supporting their loved ones, and providing help and hope to anyone affected by cancer.

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