Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$19,791 raised by 29 donors

Living with and beyond cancer takes an entire community. The effects of a cancer diagnosis are life-changing and call for a community of strength, hope, support, encouragement, and guidance. Donate today to give hope and support to people living with and beyond cancer in our Southwest CO community.


"If you ever need anyone to testify about how much your organization has helped me, I would do it in a heartbeat. I would shout it from the rooftops - I mean it! I am so happy. You have really helped me come to a place where I feel comfortable and safe before I have my next chemotherapy treatment! Finding a safe place to live, a place to call my home, was my biggest worry! I can't thank you enough."

~ CSC-SWCO Community Navigation Client

"I am so thrilled about the help you gave me to relieve some of my financial burden. The stress of having to manage the complex issues I am facing after treatment for my brain and breast cancers seem almost too much to handle because of the lack of financial resources. It seems to affect every part of my life."

~ CSC-SWCO Community Navigation Client 

"Blueprints of Hope [now Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado] has been my saving grace. In a kind and compassionate manner, the nurse navigator guided me in the direction of wonderful providers and a wealth of information. She was and continues to be my sounding board and encouragement to move forward with my clinical trial. This support included locating resources that paid for my transportation and lodging so I was able to participate in a clinical trial offered across the country. I hold Blueprints of Hope so very near to my heart."

~ CSC-SWCO Community Navigation Client -

"Being close to so many who are experiencing cancer or who have been lost to cancer gives me great admiration for the courage and strength it takes for those who are facing the tremendous barriers to move forward with and in spite of this disease. With this admiration comes the desire to help Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado serve others, and in doing so making a difference by helping those in our rural communities to live well with and beyond cancer."

~ CSC-SWCO Board Member

Giving Activity


Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Social and emotional support are essential in the face of a cancer diagnosis. At Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado (CSC-SWCO), we provide free programs and services that include education, emotional support, resource navigation, healthy lifestyle classes, social connection, and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. We support all people experiencing cancer in our communities to become healthier and live better lives. We offer all programs and services free of charge to cancer patients, survivors and families impacted by cancer in Southwest Colorado.

We believe that Community Is Stronger Than Cancer.

Background Statement

In 2014, the nonprofit Blueprints of Hope sprang to life in Durango, Colorado. Living in a rural, under-resourced community, we recognized that supportive care services for people with cancer were fragmented, if they were available at all.

We began seeking ways to remove barriers to timely access to cancer care and pinpointing resources that would meet the needs of the people we serve. Soon we realized these services could be readily accessed through a community-based nurse navigation program. The staff and volunteers of Blueprints of Hope felt strongly these services should be available to people who were experiencing any season of the cancer journey. As an adjunct to our navigation program, Blueprints of Hope envisioned a simple, interactive website - a connecting point - which would provide local and regional cancer information. This website would be an easily accessible link complementing cancer and post-treatment survivorship care for individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and their care providers in Southwest Colorado.

In 2021, Blueprints of Hope became a network partner in development of Cancer Support Community, the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, and was renamed Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado. Though we have partnered with Cancer Support Community, we continue as a local independent nonprofit, and all monies raised go toward providing programs and services to the communities we serve.

Since 2014, first as Blueprints of Hope and now as the Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado (CSC-SWCO), we have served as a cancer support organization working to improve the quality of life for individuals facing cancer in Southwest Colorado. All services offered are completely free of charge for anyone, at any age, facing any type or stage of cancer, and are for the entire family.

From the beginning - through navigation, education, supportive care programs and advocacy - we have aspired to help improve the lives of individuals living with and beyond cancer. As an organization, we have grown to improve our mission by ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado

other names

Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado, CSC-SWCO, Blueprints of Hope

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Human Services, Education


1701 Main Ave., Ste. C
Durango, CO 81301


1701 Main Ave., Ste. C
Durango, CO 81301


P.O. Box 941
Durango , CO 81302-0921

Service areas

La Plata County, CO, US



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