CaringOn is a non-profit organization that provides a way for patients with advanced cancer to say “thank you” to their primary caregiver.

Our Story


Judy Davanzo
Founder & President

I am a mother of two, a wife and a second time breast cancer fighter. In August 2001, at the age of 32, and after my first child turned 1 year, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. I went through a double mastectomy and 8 rounds of chemotherapy. After about a year, hair loss and medically induced menopause, I became a survivor. 5 years later I was deemed cured! Having worked in marketing with Whole Foods Market while ill, I decided to take time off to spend with my daughter and husband and figure out who I now was and what I wanted to do. I graduated from college with a degree in teaching and had taught in the Baltimore County Public School System for 6 years before going into marketing and events.

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Our Mission

faviconCaringOn was founded by Judy Goldberg Davanzo and Lee Kappelman to give caregivers an opportunity to “recharge, refresh, and renew” and take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Patients now have a way to express their gratitude to their caregivers by gifting them with time to themselves. This can include anything from a few hours to sleep in a hotel to spa services, dinner and a show. Let us help you customize your gift so that it is personal and special.

The support structure CaringOn developed allows caregivers to accept this special gesture free of worry, stress and financial cost. Through donations from individuals and corporations, CaringOn is able to provide the necessary support and services needed so the caregiver has peace of mind while they enjoy their gift, step away and take care of themselves. This time/respite provides the Caregiver with time to refresh, renew, recharge and come back rejuvenated and with a new energy.

Your support is important to the CaringOn programs. Only through your donations are we able to mindfully provide the gifts you send, through us, to caregivers. Help support our mission today!

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What We’re Saying

Empathy vs. Sympathy

By |November 19th, 2015|

“What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown […]

Judy Interviewed by WMAR – ABC2 News – Cancer fighter gives back to caregivers

By |October 9th, 2015|

By: Nick DiMarco – WMAR Baltimore –

Judy Davanzo was on the cusp of 40 with a newborn son when […]

CaringOn Newsletter – October 2015

By |October 8th, 2015|


“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or […]

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What We’re Doing

For Jillian

By |November 24th, 2015|

Jillian Gillece was nominated by the nurses at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital for taking care of her father, the late […]

CaringOn Fundraiser with Silpada Designs

By |November 23rd, 2015|

Beat the crowds and get your holiday shopping done early this year all while supporting a great cause. CaringOn is […]

For Tara and Geraldine

By |November 18th, 2015|

Susan and Lee of CaringOn gave a gift of 4 Ravens football tickets to caregiver Tara Mack at Medstar Union […]

Get Involved

Nominate A Caregiver

Do you have an exceptional caregiver that you would like to show your gratitude for? CaringOn provides you with a way to say thank you by having us send your caregiver a personalized gift in your name.

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Become a Volunteer

CaringOn depends on volunteers to help fulfill its mission. By becoming a volunteer you are helping a person with advanced/life threatening cancer give their caregiver the gift of taking care of themselves.

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Send us Your Picture

Do you have a caregiver that goes above and beyond? Show your appreciation and tell the world how much you care! Send us a picture of you and your caregiver and we will feature you on our Facebook page.

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Help support our mission to provide caregivers with the recognition and respite that they deserve.

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