Debbie Turner Cancer Care Center

$315,000 FCLF Loan
Acquisition of 2 buildings
Total 4,652 sq ft
Serving 185 families weekly

“With the help of Florida Community Loan Fund we are able to continue services to cancer families and children – those who struggle with any type of cancer, and individuals of all ages. Thanks for your help.” – Debbie Turner, Founder / Executive Director

Those who struggle with cancer need all the help they can get. While medical needs are handled by doctors and hospitals, day-to-day needs may sometimes be overlooked. Cancer survivor Debbie Turner was surprised at the lack of support, resources, and information during her struggles with the disease and its treatment.

To address this lack of services, Turner established the Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center nonprofit organization in Apopka, Florida. The center is a place for families in need, and services are focused on uninsured, under-insured, and low income families – to fill a need for those who don’t have anywhere else to turn. At the center, patients and families receive counseling and education. In addition, a licensed volunteer hair stylist helps with wigs, hair and makeup. A play place offers a safe spot for children of cancer patients to play, read a book, do homework, or just hang out; and they are encouraged to take home the toy or book of their choice. Volunteers provide transportation to grocery shopping, pharmacy, and treatments.

From its beginning in 2009, the Debbie Turner Center has grown; and now helps 185 families weekly across 5 counties. In 2016, services reached more than 1200, 25% of whom were new clients. With financing from Florida Community Loan Fund, the Center is purchasing its current building as well as a building next door. The new building will allow the Center to expand its services, as well as generate income through office space available to area small businesses.

FCLF financing will help the Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center continue to reach their mission in Central Florida: To diminish or eliminate suffering of cancer survivors, caregivers, children and families through community involvement and resources to establish and maintain hope.

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Hi, Debbie! You do not know me

Hi, Debbie! You do not know me, however I feel like I know you & your husband, Tom. I was just going to continue praying for you guys in secret however right now I feel like scouting from the roof tops….thank you God for once again being there with Tom & bringing him through this latest set back with his cancer. Anyone who is a Christian knows if you don’t know the person or persons you are praying for it’s O.K. because God knows who they are & that’s all that really matters. I have been a member of the Apopka “Rants & Raves” sight for a while now. That’s where I originally learned about your cancer center in Apopka. I love that sight, it is so informative. Anyway, it may seem like I’m rambling but hopefully you will know at the end that I am not some fruitcake. For some reason, I felt a strong attachment to you & Tom as I started hearing about his journey with cancer. I have followed every post since last year when he went in the hospital. I loved how you kept us all so well informed & I wondered how in the world you were able to be with him, be his messenger, run your own business, etc. You are quite an “Angel” yourself, you have done what every wife would do if it were her own husband or loved one. We just do what we have to do & rest & cry later. I was devastated when I recently saw him, much lighter in weight & frail than the pictures I’d seen before & getting ready to return to the hospital. Please tell him, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this journey. I would love to meet both of you when he feels better & I know he will because our God is an awesome God… Thanks Linda Hall

Lori N Scott Stevens recommends Debbie Turner’s Cancer Care and Resource Center

I mean where do I start?! This woman (& her Husband) know first hand what it’s like to scramble on all aspects of resources, treatment, support and everything else that goes along with being struck by this horrible disease. With that being said they have devoted their hearts & souls into helping others down these dark paths proving that they are not alone and that there is help along the way!!!! Debbie & Tom are more than AWESOME ❤️ and the DTCCR proves it 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Proud to Celebrate 10 Years of Service

The Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resources center is proud to celebrate 10 years in business today We have served over 6000 families have 226 families per week and 126 kids use the center I can not tell you how much I love my board of directors sponsor volunteers and this community who has helped make this all work please continue to sponsor us so that we can continue to provide FREE SERVICE FOR CANCER FAMILIES. THESE PICTURES ARE WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP.