CanConnect Mission and History

CanConnect’s mission is to bring together local cancer survivors and community partners through a shared vision and innovative online collaboration.

CanConnect currently covers the middle Tennessee/greater Nashville community. Our goals include:

  1. Connecting cancer patients, survivors, and any individuals who are touched by cancer through personal shared stories, experiences, and wisdom.
  2. Increasing awareness and participation in cancer-related events, news, resources, and programs through a community-driven network.
  3. Producing multimedia content (video, articles, etc.) that highlights the people and programs in our local community.
  4. Connecting partners in health-care and community organizations to collaborate and share strategies and knowledge.

CanConnect recognizes the cancer survivorship community includes all people living with cancer (from diagnosis to beyond treatment), their family, friends, and co-workers, as well as the health care and community professionals, fundraisers, and volunteers.


CanConnect is based on the work of a collaborative design project starting in December 2007. The project was initiated as part of Jacob Weiss'doctoral research in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University.