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Cornucopia Closing on March 31, 2020

Dear Cornucopia Friends,

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Cornucopia will be closing its doors permanently on March 31st. After 25 years of providing essential support to cancer patients and their families, we can no longer meet the growing demand for our services and sustain Cornucopia at our current funding levels.

Over the past many years, Cornucopia has relied primarily on individual donations, fundraising event support from local businesses, various community groups and foundations. Some of our most generous financial assistance has come from our long-time, loyal supporters like Eisai, The Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation, Governors Club Women’s Golf Association, Triangle Acupuncture, UNC Men’s Basketball Autograph Basketball Fund, Strowd Roses, Business Insurers of the Carolinas and the Bertsch Family Charitable Foundation, to name a few.

We also worked closely with Duke and UNC. For many years, we had a common vision of our partnership, and together we shared the costs of some of our programs until 2014, when their new cancer hospitals instituted several support and survivorship programs just like Cornucopia’s. Since then, our partners have come to view us as more and more as competitors, although Cornucopia continues to be an oasis of hope and help for their patients at no charge.

Since 1995, we have served thousands of cancer patients and caregivers and provided over 175,000 unique services to anyone touched by cancer. Referrals of cancer patients and their families have grown considerably, outpacing our ability to now to meet the demand. We are proud that we provided every service free of charge to our participants.

Cornucopia helped cancer patients move from the darkest moments in their lives –when some participants we cared for told us that they felt that life was no longer worth living—to embracing futures marked by surviving, thriving and becoming mentors to others who faced cancer journeys of their own. Our expert knowledge, resources, tools, and direct assistance eased the burdens of this terrible disease.

Words cannot adequately express our deepest gratitude for you and others who have supported Cornucopia all of these years – our participants, donors, current and past staff and board members, volunteers, and especially our incredible service providers. It is because of you and others that Cornucopia became so beloved in our community over these past 25 years.

As we close our doors, we are proud knowing that Cornucopia’s unrivaled and stunning achievements in cancer support served as a blueprint for other local nonprofits and hospitals to follow. We nurtured and comforted those touched by cancer by caring for their mind, body and spirit – the pioneering and hallmark mission, indeed the priceless legacy — of Cornucopia.

Thank you for being our Friend.

With lasting gratitude,
Cornucopia’s Board of Directors and Olivia Stancil, Executive Director



Our Mission

To be a place where anyone touched by cancer can find support and resources to live life to the fullest. Cornucopia accomplishes this by supporting the mind, body and spirit of those journeying with cancer, their families and caregivers through complementary therapies, meal and transportation assistance, individual and group support, expressive arts, information and resources, all in a non-clinical setting. All services are provided free of charge to anyone touched by cancer.

What we Offer

Health Coaching

We offer individualized sessions with a certified holistic health coach who will work with you to define your health and wellness goals and to develop recommendations and strategies towards achieving them.

Respite Care for Caregivers

We provide temporary non-medical support at your home to relieve family members from the physical, emotional and spiritual stressors and demands of providing around-the-clock care.


Our Educational Forums cover a variety of topics related to integrative therapies and cancer support. They are ideal for individuals with cancer, survivors, families and caregivers.

Support Groups

We offer support groups to survivors and caregivers. If we do not have the group you are looking for, we will help you locate one locally.


We offers individual or family counseling as a gift. Our licensed counselors are available for adults and children journeying with cancer, and/or for the whole family unit.

Delivered Meals

Magnolia Meals at Home™ is an exciting initiative, developed to help meet the evolving needs of patients living with thyroid, breast, kidney, soft tissue sarcoma cancer and their families.

Complementary Therapies

Licensed oncology massage therapists, reiki, and acupuncture practitioners offer sessions to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to improve overall quality of life.

Cornucopia is the other part of my cancer team. These services are an intricate part of your care – they help you cope. Caring for the psyche is a very important part of your journey. Having these services available helps me fight cancer and beat it. – J. W.

Upcoming at Cornucopia

Annual Events

Weekly Events

  • Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
    3rd Mondays, 6pm-7pm at Caring House
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  • Metastatic/Advanced Cancer Support Group
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 3pm-4:30pm at Caring House
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Cornucopia depends on the community for support to provide essential cancer support programs, services, and resources. Cornucopia is 100% funded by individuals, fundraising events, community organizations, corporations, and foundations. Thank You for your support!!

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Cornucopia Cancer Support Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID# 56-1948608

Donor Spotlight

  • Strowd Roses
  • Lois Boynton
  • Joanne Zimmer
  • Governor's Club Women's Golf Association
  • The Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill Endowment Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
  • TriMark Digital