Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$12,834 raised by 19 donors

100% complete

$12,000 Goal

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.

We are steadfast in our belief that social and emotional support are essential in the face of a cancer diagnosis. At Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado, we offer programs and services that include education, emotional support, resource and supportive care 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 no matter where they are in the cancer continuum. All programs and services are offered at no cost to cancer patients, survivors and families impacted by cancer in Southwest Colorado.  

We need your help! Donate today to give hope and support to people living with and beyond cancer in our Southwest Colorado communities.


"Most people would never understand how difficult it is to learn they have cancer and then realize that the treatment they need could not be given in the place they live. I needed to have surgery in another state, 10 hours from my home, and I live alone. My family lives overseas. Without the help of the nurse navigator, this would have been so much more difficult. Finding support in the place I was treated, a place to stay until the surgeon released me, and someone to care for me when I returned home seemed insurmountable. I am so grateful for the support I received from this organization." - the nurse navigator's patient

“I come to yoga every week. I am still coming back into my body and into myself again after treatment, so it is very important for me to remain involved in this community and committed to my health & well-being while I’m continuing to heal.” –  yoga program participant

"I can't believe I have found someone who has also been through ovarian cancer treatment. I was feeling so alone. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to exchange contact information, because she has offered to help support me through my treatment." - Hike for Hope participant


Our mission at CSC is to uplift and strengthen people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care. Our vision is that everyone impacted by cancer receives the support they want and need throughout their experience.

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 2023, Blueprints of Hope became a full network partner of Cancer Support Community, the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, and was formally 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 Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado, 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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cancer Support Community Southwest Colorado

other names

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

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Human Services, Education, Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Small Organization


1701 Main Ave., Ste. C - P.O. Box 941
Durango, CO 81302


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


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

Service areas

La Plata County, CO, US

Archuleta County, CO, US

Dolores County, CO, US

Montezuma County, CO, US

San Juan County, CO, US



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