Dr. Silas Charles
In 1990, Radiation Oncologist, Silas J. Charles, M.D., started the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard, Inc. In keeping with the mission of assisting and treating any cancer patient, regardless of their ability to pay, an uninsured young man diagnosed with head and neck cancer was seen at the office. Dr. Charles assured the young man he could be cured. The young man had a very real problem that many patients faced; he was an hourly-waged employee. If he came for daily treatments for eight weeks, he would be unable to pay his basic living expenses. Dr. Charles proposed to pay the patients house bills if he would agree to have the treatments and the patient agreed.
After a few years it became evident there was a great need in the community to assist patients like this young man and in 1993, the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation, Inc. (CCCF) was created to provide comprehensive patient/family support services, community outreach and education.
CCCF received Florida Today’s Volunteer recognition Award in 2004 as the “Organization of the Year” and continues today to assist thousands of families in their battle against cancer. In 2011 the Evelyn Foster Endowment Fund in honor of Hope Charles, mother of Dr. Silas Charles was created. Building a permanent, revenue-producing endowment was one of the best ways for CCCF to ensure sustainability and build a stable financial future.
In the fall of 2015 CCCF hired the first paid Executive Director and moved into its own office space the next year. Grant eligibility guidelines were established and the Foundation continues to financially assist an average of 200 families per year.
In July 2017 the Space Coast Cancer Foundation joined forces with CCCF in the fight against cancer by donating $300,000. This support was instrumental in the Foundation increasing grant awards from $1,000 to $1,500 to eligible patients as the Foundation positions itself to move into its next 25 years of caring.