Cancer CAREpoint in the News



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Jan Willoughby, left, Sarah Schlitz, Julie Lin-Friss and Bonnie Fox pose in Cancer CAREpoint’s wig boutique at a Feb. 29 open house at the nonprofit’s new offices in San Jose’s Cambrian neighborhood. Willoughby, a Los Gatos resident, co-founded Cancer CAREpoint in 2009 with Saratoga resident Gay Crawford. (Photo by Anne Gelhaus)

San Jose Mercury News | By Isha Trivedi | March 5, 2024

While Cancer CAREpoint is still serving many of its clients virtually in the wake of the pandemic, the nonprofit now has all of its free services for for adult cancer patients, survivors and their families under one roof.

Co-founders Jan Willoughby of Los Gatos and Gay Crawford of Saratoga welcomed visitors to Cancer CAREpoint’s new offices  at an open house on Thursday, Feb. 29. The nonprofit moved on Jan. 2 from its old location in San Jose’s Cambrian neighborhood across the street to 2512 Samaritan Court, a space they designed as a refuge for people dealing with cancer.

Margaret Caldwell, Cancer CAREpoint’s director of development and marketing, said that while the new digs are smaller, there are advantages to the consolidation, as she and other staff used to have their offices in a separate building from the one that housed client services.

“It’s nice to be able to see who comes through the door,” Caldwell said. “You feel more connected to the clients.”

Those clients include cancer patients who come in for wig fittings, but many clients still avail themselves of online counseling, support groups, mind/body programs and nutrition seminars and consultations.

Caldwell said the nonprofit served over 2,000 clients in 2023, and doesn’t restrict its offerings to people with a certain type or at a certain stage of cancer. Since its founding in 2009, Cancer CAREpoint has offered free personalized support services, resources, education and assistance to more than 10,000 cancer patients and their caregivers and families.

Caldwell said the organization serves clients from the Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. The office is located close to medical facilities including Good Samaritan Hospital, and to public transit stops near the Los Gatos border.


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By Sal Pizarro  |  September 2, 2023

Success Story: Nestldown, in the Santa Cruz mountains overlooking Los Gatos, is a popular wedding venue, but it also turned out to be the perfect spot for Cancer CAREpoint’s annual Garden Party fundraiser last Sunday. Nestldown owners Mark and Barbara Beck donated the use of the beautiful property for the nonprofit event, which had a sold-out crowd of 350 people and raised more than $1.1 million to provide non-medical support services for cancer patients and their families.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian provided updates on legislation for breast cancer screenings at a sponsor reception, but it was keynote speaker Ruth Slyngstad who captured the crowd’s hearts with an emotional talk about how valuable time is to someone like her with a terminal breast cancer diagnosis. Slyngstad, who has been a volunteer with Cancer CAREpoint for a decade, received her diagnosis less than a year ago.

“When you hear something like this that is life changing, all you want to do is hug your family and spend precious time with them. Time became a precious commodity to me,” Slyngstad said. “Cancer CAREpoint gave me more time to spend with my loved ones.”


KTVU Fox2 News | Posted October 25

There are roughly 10,000 individuals diagnosed with cancer each year in Silicon Valley. Cancer CAREpoint serves approximately 2,000 of them, at no cost. KTVU spoke with the Executive Director of the non-profit as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.



Cancer CAREpoint’s 2020 Virtual Garden Party in the News:

Los Gatos Living August 2020
Saratoga Spotlight August 2020

Cancer CAREpoint Has a New Executive Director:


Breate Together News Article

Get Involved with Cancer Survivorship with Cancer CAREpoint

Breathe Together Online / by Lindsey Kolb
October, 2019

Survivorship Needs Highlighted in the WSJ with a Cancer CAREpoint mention (See page 8 of PDF) & Opinion-Editorial published in the San Jose Mercury News:

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You’ve Survived Cancer. What Comes Next? (PDF)

Wall Street Journal / by Laura Landro
September 16, 2019

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Opinion: Bay Area Cancer Survivors Aren’t Getting the Help They Need

San Jose Mercury News / By Jen Landes
September 4, 2019

Cancer CAREpoint Raises $1 Million for 2nd Consecutive Year at Annual Garden Party:

Reunions, Fundraisers Draw West Valley Residents

Saratoga News and Los Gatos Weekly Times / by Debby Rice
September 13

Big Day for Cancer CAREpoint

San Jose Mercury News / By Sal Pizzaro
September 2, 2019

Cancer CAREpoint Garden Party

Silicon Valley Business Journal
September 13, 2019

Caroline Lee, finalist at the Junior League Volunteer Award Luncheon for her work with Cancer CAREpoint

April 10, 2019


Cancer CAREpoint Raises $1 Million at Annual Garden Party:

Cancer CAREpoint Raises ONE MILLION DOLLARS for Cancer Patients and their Families

Los Gatos Living Magazine / By Dawn Hogh—Deputy Director and Rob Tufel—Executive Director
October, 2018

Cancer CAREpoint raises $1,000,000 at 2018 Garden Party

Silicon Valley Business Journal
October 12, 2018

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Cancer survivor series comes to El Camino Hospital next week

Los Altos Town Crier / By Sarah Feng – Town Crier Editorial Intern
June 13, 2018


Community Impact Award

Cancer CAREpoint was awarded the 2017 Community Impact Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal!  Check out the article featured in their Giving Guide all about our work!

Cancer survivors learn to pick up the pieces

Eight-week workshop teaches mental and emotional recovery following cancer treatment

Mountain View Voice / by Kevin Forestieri

Sept, 15, 2017

Kimberly Bailey