Why does southern Alberta need Wellspring Calgary?

While we all know the importance of cancer research and medical treatment, those who have heard the words “you have cancer” also know that recovery from cancer includes more. We have excellent medical resources to fight cancer, but people who have cancer and their loved ones often find they need emotional, informational, practical support and more. That is where Wellspring fits in.

In Calgary and southern Alberta, only Wellspring Calgary devotes itself exclusively to the unique non-medical needs cancer presents. At Wellspring, people living 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. A registered charity and part of a network of community-based support centres, Wellspring Calgary offers programs and services that meet the emotional, educational, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. All Wellspring Calgary evidence-informed programs, services and resources are offered free of charge and without referral.

As a result of our growing population base and aging population and thanks to medical advances, it is anticipated that more people will be living with and beyond cancer. Of those diagnosed with cancer, 30 – 70 per cent will seek our programs and services. According to projections and current cancer statistics, Wellspring Calgary cannot feasibly meet the increasing demand for cancer support services in Calgary.

Specifically, of the estimated 6,197 people in Calgary to be diagnosed with cancer in 2021, the average number of people seeking cancer support services in Calgary will be 3,099. By 2026, we anticipate 4,685 people could seek our services, including an estimated additional 1,294 from southern Alberta.

We have developed a thoughtful plan to respond to the needs of those impacted by cancer first in Calgary and surrounding area and then in southern Alberta (Red Deer south to the Montana border). Through environmental scans, pilots, and community feedback, we know that an additional centre is imperative to meet the projected increase in cancer incidences and answer the upsurge in demand for Wellspring Calgary’s services and programs. We have already started providing services to residents in south Calgary through a leased facility.

We cannot do this alone. We need your help.

Our Board of Directors and leadership, in consultation with members, volunteers, community partners, and others have developed a five-year strategic plan that includes opening a second location in south Calgary, near the new South Health Campus. It will serve residents of Calgary and southern Alberta. The new centre will be called Wellspring Calgary Randy O’Dell House.

This plan requires raising $12.9 million. Achieving this goal will fund:

  • Construction of Randy O’Dell House including land, furniture, fixtures, technology and equipment.
  • Development of a delivery platform to serve residents of southern Alberta through Randy O’Dell House
  • Increased program delivery: face-to-face, onsite and offsite, for people living in Calgary and southern Alberta
  • Growth of the existing endowment to sustain our operations into the future

How can you help?  You can play a vital role.

  • Funds directed to the construction, furnishing, and technological needs of Randy O’Dell House will bring resources to those living in Calgary and surrounding area and will serve as a platform for delivering support to those living across southern Alberta.
  • Funds directed to support member programs will enable Wellspring Calgary to expand the scope of its service delivery to immediately meet pressing needs through our temporary space at Fountain Court and eventually through our permanent site, Randy O’Dell House.
  • Funds directed to our endowment will provide vital predictable revenue to support our ongoing operational funding needs and sustainability.

Donor recognition will be negotiated with donors on an individual basis.