The Cancer Assistance Program (CAP) was established back in 1994, stemming from a recognized need for practical support for individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer and their families. Launched by Don Muir and a group of dedicated volunteers, the CAP is located on 569 Concession Street in Hamilton and providing services that are beyond beneficial.
Currently operating with less than four full-time equivalent staff, the CAP provides all of their services at no charge to their clients. Some of these include but are not limited to things such as transportation to and from cancer related medical appointments, personal care and comfort products, home health and equipment loans, and much more. It is also important to note that all of this is done without government funding – it is completely dependent upon support from the Hamilton Community.
The CAP relies heavily on their volunteers for a wide range of things including planning to service delivery. Did you know that they have over 100 volunteers? Each year, these volunteers not only devote their time to delivering CAP’s services, but they also help plan for and run fundraising events!
One of CAP’s upcoming events is their exciting Annual Gala. This year, “Dream Beyond the Stars” will be taking place at the Michelangelo Banquet and Convention Centre on Friday, November 4th. One ticket to this event not only includes dinner and a drink ticket, but there will be live entertainment, a silent auction, envelope draws, and much more!
This week on the MorningFile we spoke with Bobby Jo Smith, Executive Director at CAP. Bobby Jo told us a bit more about the program and their services, all about the upcoming gala and how YOU can get involved as a volunteer for CAP. For more information and to check out our full length radio interview, be sure to listen to the SoundCloud clip below: