Cancer Recovery Foundation of America’s mission is to “Help all people prevent and survive cancer”.  Our award winning programs and outreach are national and international in scope, people focused and rooted in the ideas of “educate, empower and encourage”.  We advocate healthy diets, daily exercise, optimism, positive faith and leading a joy filled life.

To execute this mission, we offer a variety of programs for children and adults.

Children’s Project

The programs for this project took shape around a simple idea; find a need and fill it; find a hurt and heal it.  Execute simple acts of compassion that helps children and their families.  There are 3 major facets to this project:

Bear-Able Bags Program:  Cancer is depressing to both children and their families.  Through generous donations of gifts, Cancer Recovery Foundation provides many of the things to hospitals that children and teens love – board games, hand-held games, dolls, cards, coloring books, crayons, markers, cars, trucks, puzzles, stuffed animals… all sorts of gifts that make them smile and take their minds off cancer treatment.  Cancer Recovery Foundation works with over 200 oncology centers nationwide, distributing gifts to approximately 10,000 children last year. That makes us the largest supplier of gifts to children with cancer in North America.

Helping Hands Fund:  Cancer is expensive - in many ways.  Through our emergency intervention assistance programs we try to help prevent cancer from being financially devastating to families.  Cancer Recovery Foundation helps families in need by assisting with rent eviction and utility bill shut off notices.  This year, Cancer Recovery Foundation provided $17,700 in financial assistance.

Camp Scholarships:  Cancer isolates a child from the simple joys of their childhood; play, laughter and the wonderment of life.  Through our camp scholarship program, those in treatment can be free to be a child – just one of the gang!  Cancer Recovery Foundation provided $1,535 in scholarship assistance this year, helping children to experience therapeutic riding, music, art, skiing and other types of camps and activities.

Adult Programs

Currently, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will get cancer in their lifetime.  Cancer Recovery Foundation provides a variety of award-winning resources to educate survivors, caregivers and health professionals on how to not only survive this terrible disease, but thrive and lead meaningful lives.

Our Founder, Greg Anderson, is a 24 year Stage 4 Lung Cancer survivor.  In December of 1984, he was given a 30 day to live diagnosis by his surgeon.  Mr. Anderson not only beat the cancer, but he is alive and thriving today.  He and his wife, Linda, have dedicated their lives to helping all those who are touched by cancer.

Books:  Mr. Anderson has authored 11 books on cancer.  Topics have ranged from his personal journey, to a practical guide of what to do if diagnosed, to achieving and sustaining wellness in one’s life.  These resources are available for purchase by the general public and also distributed for free to newly diagnosed patients through Cancer Recovery Foundation’s Survival Kits.

Counseling:  Cancer Recovery Foundation offers individual and small group counseling sessions to survivors and caregivers.  Weekly telephone support groups are available for free to the public and personal counseling is available through our nationwide 800 number.

Seminars:  Cancer Recovery Foundation offers individuals and caregivers the opportunity to talk with the Founder firsthand in a few select locations each year.  These one day seminars focus on how to have healthy diets, find enjoyment in daily exercise, and lead a life filled with optimism, positive faith and joy.

Website:  The Cancer Recovery Foundation website;, offers a robust amount of information to the public for free.  There, individuals can guide themselves to their areas of interest in an easy to use format.  The cornerstone of this information is our award winning pyramid.  Users can drill down into each portion of the pyramid, accessing valuable information on treatment and survivorship.  Also available for email opt-in are monthly e-newsletters and daily devotionals.  Finally, users can research information on the Foundation’s latest IRS 990 Form and contact key staff on questions they have.

International Relief:  The Cancer Recovery Foundation is committed to supporting people around the world with their cancer journey.  To that end, the Foundation makes a substantial gift of medical supplies and medicines each year to a developing country.  Previous countries receiving aid have included Vietnam, Liberia and Kenya.  This year, $1.85 million dollars worth of humanitarian medical supplies and medicines were donated to Guatemala. 


The management team of Cancer Recovery Foundation is committed to the best stewardship possible of each donation.  Last year was a challenging one financially, but Cancer Recovery Foundation is proud to announce a 73.9% allocation to program services in 2009.  Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning your donations.         


In an effort to better promote the services of the organization to the public, as of January 1, 2010, Cancer Recovery Foundation of America will be reorganized into two separate organizations.  Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation will serve children and their families living with cancer while Foundation for Cancer Research and Wellness will serve adults living with cancer. 

Both organizations will operate with independent Executive Director’s, Boards of Directors and websites.  A separate EIN number and 501(c) 3 will be established for Foundation for Cancer Research and Wellness, while a legal name change will be executed for Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, keeping the same EIN number and 501(c) 3 tax status that was previously established. 

In Summary

Cancer Recovery Foundation of America strives to touch the lives of those living with cancer with a positive, uplifting message.  To our supporters, thank you.  We could not have done it without you.  To those who have utilized our services, we hope that our message has inspired you to not only survive, but thrive.

Anyone with questions regarding the organizations can reach us at:

Physical Address:  6380 Flank Drive, Suite 400
                            Harrisburg, PA  17112

Toll Free Phone:    800-238-6479

Local Phone:         717-545-7600


Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday, 9AM to 5 PM EST

Cancer Recovery Foundation of America is an IRS recognized 501c (3) non-profit charity.  Donations to the Foundation are fully deductible, subject to IRS regulations.  Please consult your tax advisor for more information on how your donation affects your individual tax situation.


Douglas A. Runkle
Executive Director




2010 IRS 990 Form