Why We Exist
No one has to face cancer alone.
“From the moment you walk through the door, there’s just an overwhelming feeling of knowing you’re safe, you’re not alone, you’re with people who totally get it.”
“Wellspring Calgary helped me to climb out of hopelessness. I learned how to take charge of my situation and reach a place of peace and acceptance out of hopelessness… I cannot express in mere words how much this means to me. It has meant my life.”
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It brings countless life-altering moments and events for people who receive the diagnosis and for those who love them. People with cancer are compelled to find a new ‘normal’ before, during, and after treatment. Priorities shift, relationships change, life is… different.
At Wellspring, people living with cancer tell us what helps them the most – having access to information, receiving support, and learning new ways to cope. They also tell us the cancer journey has two roads: medical and emotional.
Albertans have excellent medical resources to fight cancer, but people who have cancer need so much more than medical care. Individuals and their loved ones often have difficulty finding the emotional, psychological and practical support they so urgently require.
In Calgary, only Wellspring devotes itself exclusively to the unique non-medical needs that cancer presents. The Wellspring Calgary community of support provides a vital complement to medical treatment. Wellspring helps heal the body, mind, and spirit. It is a place where people with cancer, their families and friends can exchange information, develop a support system and create a sense of hope, in a warm, caring and welcoming atmosphere.
The beautiful, uplifting surroundings make Wellspring Calgary accessible and extraordinary. Programs and services take place at two locations. In the north, Carma House, a warm and welcoming 4500 square foot home, nestled in trees on a lot meters from the Bow River. Large windows provide views of hills across the water and tranquil woods, and it is minutes from the walking paths by the river. In October 2016, a second leased location opened behind the Blackfoot Inn. Ample parking and a welcoming environment provide easier access to the same programs for those living in south Calgary and area.
Wellspring charges no fees. Programs are available free to anyone coping with any type of cancer at any stage. Programs include individual and group support, coping skills, expressive therapies, energy work, educational workshops and presentations. A lending resource library provides a range of information on the social, emotional and psychological aspects of cancer.
Wellspring receives no core government or United Way funding. Programs and operations are made possible through the generous donations of our community.
To understand how our programs make a difference – see some of Wellspring member’s comments on our YOUTUBE channel.