About Circle of Hope

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, Colleen Shaffer had a dream of helping other women with breast cancer and in 2004 Circle of Hope was founded. In her own struggle against metastatic breast cancer, Colleen decided she would do everything she could to bring hope to individuals battling the devastating disease. “I founded Circle of Hope because I found so many people having trouble focusing on getting well because of the bills associated with their illness” she said. “Survivorship is expensive. We provide hope so cancer patients can focus on recovery.” Having founded the organization to aid in financial assistance for breast cancer treatment, Colleen’s dream and vision grew over the years to meet the needs of a growing Santa Clarita Valley. Today, Circle of Hope is still located in Newhall, Ca in expanded office space and provides educational, emotional and financial assistance to men and women in Santa Clarita living with all forms of cancer. In 2017, Circle of Hope opened a cancer wellness center called Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center. The cancer center offers over 36 wellness therapies to all those going through cancer, cancer survivors, their caregivers, families and friends. At Circle of Hope, all services are free. Colleen Shaffer remains active in the organization today as an advisor and facilitator of Circle of Hope’s support group. At Circle of Hope, we believe in making a difference today for a brighter future tomorrow.


Our Mission

Located in Northern Los Angeles County, California, Circle of Hope Inc. was established in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity whose mission is to provide emotional, educational and financial assistance along with supportive wellness therapies to the Santa Clarita Valley cancer community.

Circle of Hope strives to provide financial assistance to uninsured, underinsured and low income individuals fighting all forms of cancers along with a wide range of supportive programs and classes so that they may have a brighter future tomorrow.

Circle of Hope helps clients access and understand the treatment process and provides financial assistance for medications, co-pays, second opinions, COBRA premiums and cancer treatments to qualified individuals*.

*Please note that for financial assistance, applicants must live, work or receive cancer treatment in the Santa Clarita Valley and qualify for this program.


Our Vision

We believe with all our hearts that no one should fight cancer alone, and we envision a time where every hand will be held, and every fear addressed.


Our Values

Circle of Hope’s core values reflect an organization of volunteers dedicated to providing support for our local cancer community of patients, caregivers and survivors. These core values place the highest regard on respect and compassion for cancer patients, their families, our benefactors and our volunteers.


We believe in

  • Integrity: Fighting cancer and helping those afflicted with sincere volunteers who are unconditionally committed
  • Compassion: Showing kindness and consideration for those we serve
  • Professionalism: Characterized by objectivity, fairness, creativity and pride
  • Dedication: Committed, persistent and loyal to our cause
  • Impact: Above all else, we believe in making a difference by relieving the burden of disease now and for the future through our financial, emotional and educational support.