Optimizing the quality of life for all people living with cancer.
Cancer Lifeline Online Support Groups & Classes

Our Winter Catalog is out for January through April 2021. View it online to access a full listing of our classes, presentations, and support groups.

All online classes and support groups are FREE for patients, survivors, and caregivers. Check out our website for online access instructions and current program listings.
Here is a selection of featured programs scheduled this term:
Meditation for Stress Reduction Jan 19, 12:30-1:30 pm
Tools for Coping with Anxiety Feb 10, 12:30-1:30 pm
PTSD & Cancer- Mar 4, 10-11 am
The Importance of Self Compassion Apr 8, 6:30-7:30 pm
Cancer in the Time of COVID: Flip the Script
YES! Are we not thrilled to turn the page on the calendar and leave 2020 behind? While starting a new year is symbolic of a NEW start, there was, of course, no magic wand that passed over the world at midnight on December 31st that made COVID-19 disappear, cured cancer, and ended social injustice. While 2021 offers us many things to be hopeful about, we have a long way to go before our daily lives return to even some semblance of normal. 

For many, living with a cancer diagnosis creates feelings of grief, anxiety, fear, anger, stress, isolation, and uncertainty. These feelings vary in intensity as time passes and we find ways to manage and deal with our reactions and emotions. There is no question, however, that last year provided many opportunities for these feelings to resurface and feel even more intense. What is interesting to think about is in addition to all that emotional upheaval and torment, people also began talking about positive and life-changing responses to the events of last year. Words like gratitude, connection, resilience, and self-compassion were popping up in conversations, internet posts, and support group comments. 

In this regular blog post about Cancer in the time of COVID with Mary Ellen Shands, RN, we dive a little deeper into some of those reactions we may be experiencing and discuss strategies to help deal with them.
“It may not get me to the top of any mountains, but it's going to get me to the base, which is the first step to getting to the top!"
~ Vital Moves Exercise Class Attendee
Save the Date - Mar 14 - Apr 17
Our annual Breakfast with Friends fundraiser will be held online this year from March 14 through April 17. Celebrating Cancer Lifeline's role in supporting the local cancer community since 1973, this event raises funds for our Patient & Family Support Fund, thus assuring that ALL of our programs remain free and accessible to people living with cancer. We hope you will join us!
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Find the Support Group You Need
Cancer Lifeline’s Support Groups work to meet the following needs of patients, survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information.

Here are just a few of the more than two dozen support groups that meet online monthly:

New! Spanish-speaking Support Group

NUEVO Viviendo con Cáncer

contacte: (206) 832-1279 o ayudarenespanol@cancerlifeline.org

New to Cancer Lifeline, Weston facilitates our New Men's Cancer Support Group.

What do you see as the benefits of participating in a Support Group?
"Through such group work, we can lean on the support of others while also offering our support to those in need. Support groups tap us into the healing power of community and remind us that we are not alone in our journey." Read more.
Meet Cancer Lifeline Volunteer Lorelle Del Matto

How did you first learn about Cancer Lifeline?
I saw notices of Cancer Lifeline participation at health fairs and became curious!

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
Giving back to the community is important to me. I was looking for a volunteer position with an organization that aligned with my interests and where I could engage directly with people. Cancer has impacted my family in many ways, so the mission of Cancer Lifeline was perfect.

What’s the best part about answering/making calls on the Lifeline/Lifeline Chat?
I have learned a lot working on the Lifeline. I’m inspired by the passion and the dedication of the staff - they take their work seriously and put the Lifeline clients’ interests first. Most rewarding is when I can “be there” for a caller and leave them feeling better in some l way!

Our Sponsors Make It Possible

We want to thank our generous sponsors who stood by us as we took our fundraisers online in 2020. Thank you for helping us optimize the lives of people living with cancer.
Swedish Cancer Institute has been a steady sponsor of Cancer Lifeline's events for several years. Cancer Lifeline has worked alongside Swedish to help advance the field of emotional support for people living with cancer. Our thanks for their continued sponsorship.
A longtime sponsor of our Breakfast, The Commerce Bank of Washington has been supporting Cancer Lifeline since 1995. Several bank staff members have served on our board, including Ben Hicks, our current board president, and Susan Finneran, who now sits on our Advisory Board. We are grateful for the Bank's ongoing partnership.

Reaching as far back as 2006, Cornerstone Advisors (now Pathstone) has been a steadfast sponsor of Cancer Lifeline's events, most recently as a sponsor of Resources for Hope 2020 Online.
For the third year in a row, Jennifer Evans and her Farmers Insurance agency have sponsored our annual Fall Fundraiser, Resources for Hope. We are grateful for Jen's support.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, and UW Medicine. We are grateful for their support of our programs and for our current SCCA board members Tiffany Courtnage, Andy Peet, and Cathy Taketa.
Cancer Lifeline's relationship with the University of Washington goes back to 1973 when members of the UW faculty sat down with our founder Gloria Gutkowski to talk about the lack of emotional support programs for cancer patients and what might be done about it. Cancer Lifeline salutes UW Medicine for their ongoing support of our events.
We began our formal hospital partnership with Overlake Medical Center in September of 2017, but our relationship reaches back to 2004 when Cancer Lifeline had office space in Bellevue. We are grateful for Overlake's ongoing support of our events.
Over 15 years ago, Cancer Lifeline was invited to host a support group at EvergreenHealth. That was just the beginning of our strong partnership. Cancer Lifeline thanks Evergreen for their continued support.

Lilly has been a long-time sponsor of Cancer Lifeline's Breakfast with Friends, starting back when it was still a Luncheon. We are grateful for their steadfast support of our fundraising events over the years and look forward to many more.
Dedicated to promoting the economic benefits of life science business and research for Washington state's economy and patients around the world, We Work For Health seeks to educate our elected leaders, the news media, and the communities they serve about these key contributions. Cancer Lifeline welcomed We Work for Health Washington as a new sponsor for our 2020 Resources for Hope online fundraiser.
We are grateful for the Alhadeff Foundation joining us again in 2020 as a sponsor of our annual Resources for Hope fundraiser.
One of Cancer lifeline's newest hospital partners, Virginia Mason Cancer Institute has locations in both downtown Seattle and Federal Way. Cancer Lifeline is grateful for Virginia Mason's sponsorship of our events.
We have counted on ROI Technology Inc. to keep us safe, secure and active on the internet since 2015. Cancer Lifeline salutes ROI Technology for their ongoing support of our events in 2020.