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 patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Check out our website for online access instructions and current program listings.
Here is a selection of featured upcoming programs:
The Importance of Self Compassion Apr 8, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Meditation & Sleep Resilience  Apr 10, 10 - 11:30 am
Earth Day: Create an Indoor Garden Apr 22, 10 - 11:30 am
Cancer in the Time of COVID:
Welcome Spring, a time of renewal
Blue sky, sunshine, and 54 degrees…spring is definitely in the Seattle air! For many of us, the coming of spring signals new beginnings. That may mean cleaning out and de-cluttering your home, joyfully digging in the soil and nurturing your garden, or simply stepping outside and taking a huge, wonderful breath of fresh air! There is also the less obvious, but very powerful internal “house cleaning” that many of us feel a desire to pay attention to as this season of renewal seeps into our bones.

For those living with a cancer diagnosis, this idea of renewal or a new beginning can be bittersweet. On one hand, there is joy and happiness about moving through or completing treatment and feeling a sense of gratitude and sometimes, a renewed purpose in life. If nothing else, “I have survived” and can have a life again! At other times, those feelings may get tempered a bit when we wonder, “will I be here next year, or the year after that to enjoy the beauty and wonder of spring’s arrival?” The uncertainty of "if or when" a recurrence may happen along with the challenges many people have of living with short and long-term treatment side effects, can sometimes get in the way of fully embracing that sense of renewal. 

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.
Catching up with Volunteer Tsering Yuthok
"The best part about volunteering is after being on the Lifeline with a distraught caller, and when the caller has calmed down and is now laughing and he/she thanks you for being there for them." Read more.
Meet Ryan Garcia, Cancer Lifeline's Newest Program Intern
"I will always be grateful for the time I spent in support groups during times cancer was impacting me personally if for no other reason, to simply have a space with people who were willing to sit with my grief, joy, pain, hope, and every single morsel of emotion I experienced during those times. Not to fix them, not to save me from them, simply to sit and experience them alongside me. The friends I made in those groups were a huge bonus for me as well! " Read more.
Now Online! Breakfast with Friends 2021
When it comes to telling our story, no one does it better than the clients, patients, survivors, caregivers, volunteers, facilitators, board members, and staff who create Cancer Lifeline every day. Check out this short video about the power of our programs.

Since 1973, Cancer Lifeline has been supporting our local cancer community. Your gift today helps us keep all of our programs free and accessible to all people living with cancer.

Help us meet our $250,000 goal by April 14. Learn more.
"Instructor Marilyn Walls gave us useful information in a fun and memorable way. I'm looking forward to more from her. Thank you! PS, the online format is great. I can participate much more often than I could if classes were held onsite. I hope online classes continue even after the pandemic is over."

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.

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 Cancer Institute 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.




With 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 20201. 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.