A Brief History on how YANA began:
The vision for YANA (You Are Not Alone) was born when three cancer survivors John Gronnel, Bill Lange and George Lambrakus were asked to consider how a small church could practically demonstrate the love of Jesus to others living and battling cancer. The three met at a coffee shop and the idea to send comfort packages to cancer patients was born. The three founders wanted the packages to be deeply personal and encouraging. The content of the comfort package would develop over time as the organization grew. The comfort packages include hand tied fleece blankets, handmade caps, a daily devotional and a personal note of encouragement from a cancer survivor.
During the early years, YANA went through many thrilling and challenging times, including the passing of one of our dear friends and co-founders George Lambrakus, to cancer. The first version of YANA abruptly ended after only a couple of years. It gave rise to the current version, birthed by the relentlessly committed family of volunteers from around the country. The volunteers loved what YANA stood for and saw the great need to provide comfort to cancer patients; they just wouldn’t let YANA end.
YANA-Cancer Comfort began in one of the founder’s garage, with only $400.00 and no way to raise money to fund the making and delivery of comfort packages. The volunteers rallied, and YANA-Cancer Comfort (YANA) was formed as a non-profit Christian organization. Our mission is to provide God’s faith, hope and love (based on 1 Corinthian’s 13) to anyone living and battling cancer. It is only because of God’s amazing grace and the family of volunteers, made up of all denominations, religions and beliefs from around the country that YANA was re-born and thrives today.
Based on the three founder’s vision YANA-Cancer Comfort was incorporated on November 7, 2014, and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Christian organization. YANA is headquarter in Southern California. Daily cancer comfort packages are delivered throughout the USA and internationally because of the loving support of the family of volunteers. YANA will send cancer comfort packages to anyone living and battling cancer anywhere in the world, any time, free of charge.