Taking Care Portland Creates a World of Wellness for Cancer Survivors

Combining sound therapy with massage, acupuncture, and healing foods, this local nonprofit delivers donation-based healing for life.

By Allison Jones February 26, 2015

According to Taking Care Cancer founder Daniel Miller, when most cancer survivors reach remission they are congratulated by their oncologist and sent out into the world with little to no support network for continued recovery.

Miller believes healing is a lifelong process that should be a community act available to everyone who has been impacted by cancer—which is why he created the inspiring donation- and volunteer-based multi-modality healing model of Taking Care Cancer, a program that connects cancer survivors with massage therapists, acupuncturists, holistic oncologists, nutrition therapists, and sound therapy practitioners for day-long events.

The magic of Take Care Cancer—and its local branch Taking Care Portland—lies in its radically collaborative approach.

Cancer survivors, people currently living with cancer, caregivers, and family members are paired up with healers for the full day, forming relationships and a personal touch through complementary practices that can truly make healing accessible for anyone, regardless of economic status or ability level. Each event features lectures from holistic practitioners with a focus on survivorship, guided meditation and body work during live sound therapy, and an immune-boosting meal prepared by volunteer chefs. 

Want to lend a hand to the cause? If you are a licensed massage therapist, licensed acupuncturist,  musician, or would like to help prepare the shared meal, click here to find out more about volunteering. Taking Care Portland is always accepting donations to support their efforts. $100 can support a day of healing and community support for 4 of our neighbors.


  • The next full-day event will take place at TaborSpace on March 29 from 2 to 6 pm, featuring a seminar from Dr. Dave Allderdice of Sage Cancer Care. For more information, visit the Taking Care Portland website. Volunteers are welcome to help prepare the meal for this event during the Open Kitchen: Food as Medicine Workshop on March 28 from 4 to 7 pm in the TaborSpace Kitchen.
  • Starting April 6, Taking Care Portland will be hosting Music for Healing gatherings the first Monday of the month from 5-7 pm at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont St). Everyone is welcome, donations accepted but not required.
  • May 30 marks the date of Taking Care Portland's Sound Therapy Concert at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont St) with a community guided meditation, music, food, and a silent auction fundraiser.
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