Carley’s Angels is creating access to integrative cancer care for all patients by partnering with our community and world class cancer centers to fund equitable and accessible programs to put the human touch back in cancer care. In honour of our namesake and forever angel, Carley Allison, we aim to break down every barrier with innovative and targeted programs.
Carley’s Angels was founded by Carley's Parents Mark & May Allison, Carley's Sisters, Riley & Samantha Allison and Carley's Boyfriend John Servinis in honour of the girl they all loved, Carley Elle Allison. She was a strong and courageous young woman who battled a very rare form of cancer with contagious positivity that she coined "always smile". Due to the rareness of Carley’s disease, traditional medicine alone was not enough. Instead, Carley’s family, with the help of Toronto’s outstanding medical community, committed themselves to search for a combination of traditional and holistic treatments for Carley. The holistic treatments proved to be especially effective during Carley’s difficult journey. However, these treatments were not available in hospital and were very difficult to access in general. The combination of these holistic treatments and traditional medicine such as chemotherapy and surgery is now called integrative cancer care. Carley’s Angels is working create access to integrative cancer care for all patients. And we do this all while spreading Carley’s contagious message of "always smile".
| Carley's Angels Funds Worlds First Cancer Experience Program |
At Carley’s Angels, it’s always been about access. Access to the integrative cancer treatments that patients need, when they need them and where they need them. Every patient's journey is unique and so every patient's access to treatment is different. We are determined to ensure that all cancer patients have access to the integrative cancer care they need.
Introducing the Cancer Experience Program at The Princess Margaret Cancer Center, funded by a $300,000 gift from the Carley's Angels Foundation.
Remembering Carley Elle Allison
Carley Elle Allison our namesake, was a strong, courageous and vivacious young woman who battled a very rare form of cancer. She was a beautiful singer, talented figure skater and thoughtful friend. But she was all this before her cancer diagnosis. It was her unwavering strength that allowed Carley to live her life to the fullest even as her cancer progressed and her unshakable positivity that gave birth to her blog "always smile". Carley shared every facet of her journey, the good and bad, with her followers and her blog gained attention. She quickly became a hero and advocate for all those facing adversity because, although her battle was unimaginable she always found a reason to smile. This inspirational attitude gave way to Netflix film "Kiss and Cry", novel "Always Smile: Carley Allison's Secrets to Laughing, Loving and Living" and inspires us every day at Carley's Angels to fight for those battling cancer so their outcomes can differ from our Carley.