Optimizing the quality of life for all people living with cancer.
Cancer Lifeline Online Support Groups & Classes
All online classes and support groups are FREE for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Check out our website for online access instructions and current program listings.
Here is a selection of featured upcoming programs:
Cancer & Nutrition: Mindful Eating July 15, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practicing Meditation & Mindfulness Series *Starts July 21, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Cancer & Family Dynamics July 22, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Coping with Cancer: Managing Anger July 27, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
COVID-19 & Cancer Blog:
Tools for Emotional Health
It is not unusual while living with a cancer diagnosis to feel anxious, fearful, angry, isolated, and at times a bit teary and depressed. Treatment side effects, worries about recurrence, and simply having your life turned upside down, can create stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. These are NORMAL responses and for most of us, trying to deny they exist doesn’t work out very well. However, there are things we can do to lessen the negative impact they have on our emotional wellbeing.  Read more.
Welcome New Lifeline Volunteers!
We welcomed 8 new Lifeline Volunteers this month! They all just completed the 3-day Active Listening Training via Zoom. Each new volunteer has committed to a 4-hour shift once a week where they will offer emotional support and engage with our clients through our telephone Lifeline and online Lifeline Chat. To learn more about the Lifeline, including hours, click here.
Introducing our Healthcare Provider
Renewal Series
Last summer Cancer Lifeline launched a pilot project entitled Healthcare Provider Renewal Series, aimed at providing oncology healthcare providers tools to recognize the importance of self-care in their journey of caring compassionately for others. Providers in this field not only spend physical hours caring for patients but also provide endless hours of emotional support. This series is focused on supporting oncology providers who are dealing with compassion fatigue – which is the pouring out of empathy to support someone else’s pain. This in turn causes us to feel drained of energy, overwhelmed, anxious as well as many other symptoms.  Read more.
Meet Marcia Robbins,
New Support Group Facilitator
"I have found that Support Groups offer a unique opportunity to feel accompanied by others in similar situations. Hearing people speak of their struggles and joys helps us both connect more deeply to our own experiences and also feel part of something bigger. Illness and care-taking for loved ones can be isolating experiences and support groups help to break that isolation. As a participant and as a leader, I have found sharing and receiving both help me feel more connected and held during difficult times."

Marcia Robbins leads the Bosom Buddies group for Evergreen & the Caregiver group for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Learn more.
Resources for Hope
Save the date Saturday, October 2
for this year's online fundraiser, Resources for Hope. Now in its 8th year, Resources replenishes our Patient Financial Assistance Fund, which helps low-income cancer patients with basic necessities to enable them to stay in treatment.
If you are an Amazon user, you can make a difference while you shop on Amazon! Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products. On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, simply select Cancer Lifeline as your charity beneficiary before you begin shopping. Learn how to select a charity here.
Our Sponsors Make It Possible
Cancer Lifeline is grateful for the leadership and support of the following 2021 Sponsors.
Swedish Cancer Institute has been a steady sponsor of Cancer Lifeline's events for several years. Cancer Lifeline works alongside Swedish to help advance the field of emotional support for people living with cancer. Our heartfelt thanks for their continued sponsorship.
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 and welcomes them back for 2021.
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 Steven Gerlock, Cancer Lifeline board member, and Susan Finneran, who now sits on our Advisory Board. We are grateful for The Commerce Bank of Washington's ongoing partnership.

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 the guidance and leadership of our current SCCA board members Tiffany Courtnage, Andy Peet, and Cathy Taketa.
Over 16 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.
For the fourth year in a row, Jennifer Evans and her Farmers Insurance agency have been a sponsor of our annual Fall Fundraiser, Resources for Hope. We are so grateful for Jen's ongoing support.

Reaching as far back as 2006, Pathstone (formerly Cornerstone Advisors) has been a steadfast sponsor of Cancer Lifeline's events. Our thanks to Cancer Lifeline Advisory Board Member Dave Drews and Pathstone for their continued leadership.
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 welcomes We Work for Health Washington back as a 2021 sponsor.
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.
One of Cancer Lifeline's newest hospital partners, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has locations in both downtown Seattle and Federal Way. Cancer Lifeline is grateful for Virginia Mason's sponsorship of our events.

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.


Thanks to the leadership of Ben Hicks, our current board president, Cancer Lifeline welcomes Soundmark Wealth Management as a new sponsor in 2021.
Cancer Lifeline welcomes AAA Fire Protection as a new event sponsor in 2021. AAA Fire Protection helps ensure the safety of Cancer Lifeline's headquarters, the Dorothy O'Brien Center.


On the recommendation of our board member Sue Drummond, Michael Weichbrodt with Morgan Stanley joins Cancer Lifeline's group of 2021 Sponsors.

This year's Breakfast with Friends is sponsored by HomeLight, an innovative online real estate company dedicated to providing equitable solutions for all people interested in buying or selling a home.
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.