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Foundation Guide - Cancer and Careers


The Cancer and Careers organization’s goal is to empower and educate people who have cancer to flourish in their workplace, despite their diagnosis.

Cancer and Careers operates across the United States but offers online resources available to people all around the world. The organization’s free publications and online resources are available in both English and Spanish.

Supported Causes

Cancer and Careers supports people who have cancer and features a range of initiatives such as interactive online tools, educational events, a database filled with useful information, and expert advice.

The topics covered are:

  • Legal and financial
  • Returning to work
  • Co-workers
  • Employers and managers
  • Seeking employment


Some of the projects offered by Cancer and Careers are:

  • Networking to help with job hunts
  • A resume review service
  • Assistance with preparing for interviews
  • Advice from a career coach

Event-based projects offered by Cancer and Careers include educational events geared for healthcare professionals, webinars about balancing work and cancer, a Midwest conference, a West Coast conference, a national conference, in-service training events for healthcare professionals, and job-search intensives. Regular events open to the public include:

  • The Beauty of Giving Luncheon and Live Auction – An event held in New York every year that attracts some of the top decision-makers in the cosmetic industry as well as high-ranking executives in design, publishing, media, and advertising.
  • Beauty with Benefits – An annual broadcast in which 80% of the proceeds from sales on QVC and HSN go to benefit cancer patients and survivors.
  • Beauty Editor’s Closet Sale – Held since 2009, this event has raised over $700,000. It involves fashion sales through various sponsorships from industry leaders like Bustle, Beauty Inc., Glamour, OK!, InStyle, and New Beauty.

There is also a comprehensive range of educational videos and publications available on the organization’s website.

The Foundation's History

Cancer and Careers was launched in 2001 as a program of the charity arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, the CEW Foundation. The idea was conceived when the company’s board of directors made the staggering realization that five of the 40 board members had been diagnosed with cancer. Some of them had mentioned it at work and others kept their diagnoses quiet. As all of them continued to go to work during and after treatment, they experienced similar problems, like how they would break the news to their bosses and colleagues or how they would balance work and treatment. The organization was founded because work doesn’t stop, even when you are diagnosed with cancer.