Cancer Resource Alliance

The Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA), an outreach arm of Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, was established in 2006 to empower cancer survivors and their loved ones to be active partners in their healing journey - inspiring hope through education and support. This team of volunteers, cancer survivors and healthcare professionals, has developed programs and services to help cancer survivors and their families find support during and after diagnosis and treatment. Since 2006, the CRA has developed and supported services including community outreach, exercise programs and regular support groups.

For more information, call (828) 262-4332.

Cancer Survivors Needed. "Connections" is a volunteer peer support program where recovered cancer survivors to mentor newly diagnosed individuals.  For more information, contact Melanie Childers at (828) 266-1178.

Application for Connections Cancer Caregiver Guide

Application for Connections Cancer Survivor Guide


Current programs offered through the CRA:

Massage Therapy
Complimentary hand and foot massage is offered by a certified cancer massage therapist while patients are receiving treatments. Reduced rates for cancer massage also are available at the Wellness Center for patients and caregivers. Contact Morgan Winkler at 828-266-1060.

Art Cart
Incorporates the creativity and self expression of art making into the healthcare environment. Research has demonstrated that these activities can reduce stress and anxiety. No artistic skill required. Specially trained volunteers work with patients and family members. This is a developing program of Seby B. Jones Cancer Center and the Cancer Resource Alliance.  For more information, call Melanie Childers 266-1178 or Beth Andrews (336) 877-9317

Caregiver Support
The Family Caregiver Support Program offered in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging and local community-service providers offers periodic workshops for caregivers. A monthly session at Seby B. Jones Cancer Center provides assistance to caregivers on topics such as community resources, self-care, respite, and problem-solving. For more information, contact Brenda Reece, BSW, at or 828 265-5434, x 128.

Lymphedema Education
Lymphedema is a chronic swelling disorder caused by an accumulation of lymphatic fluid within the body's tissues. It most often occurs in the arms or legs as a result of damaged or surgically removed lymph nodes. Certified lymphedema therapists from Blue Ridge Physical Therapy provide a free educational session once per month at the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center to explain lymphedema services and treatment, which include manual lymphatic drainage, edema reduction through compression therapy, aquatic and range of motion exercises, pneumatic compression through the FlexiTouch System, and fitting of upper or lower extremity compression garments. Contact Michelle Forrest, OTR/L, CLT, or Shirley Faw, OTR/L, CLT, at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy, 828-268-9043.

Download the Cancer Resource Guide

Download the Cancer Resource Brochure

The Cancer Resource Alliance is supported completely by donations. Your tax-deductible gift helps ensure that cancer patients and survivors have access to a wide range of enriching and supportive programs and services to facilitate healing. To make a contribution to the Cancer Resource Alliance, click here or send your check, payable to Appalachian RegionalHealthcare Foundation, with the memo marked "Cancer Resource Alliance," and mail it to:

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation
PO Box 2600
Boone, NC 28607

For more information about CRA programs, volunteering or making a donation, contact Angie Shoemake, MSW, at (828) 262-9170 or send an email to