Optimizing the quality of life for all people  living with cancer.
Cancer Lifeline Support Groups & Classes
Now Online through June
Upcoming Programs
Check out our Spring Catalog! View it online to access a full listing of our online classes, presentations, and support group meeting times.

Online registration is ongoing. All classes and support groups are FREE for patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Upcoming Featured Online Classes
Anti-Inflammatory Foods  - June 12, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sponsored by EvergreenHealth


Gentle Movement for Stress Reduction  - June 2, 2020 - 5-6 pm Sponsored by Highline Medical Center

Nutrition in Survivorship  - June 3, 2020 - 10-11 am Sponsored by Overlake Medical Center

The Benefits of Laughter - June 20, 2020 - 9-10 am Sponsored by SCCA Proton Therapy Center

Avoiding Common Pitfalls When Faced with Cancer  - June 3, 2020 - 6:30-7:30 pm Sponsored by UW Medicine Northwest Hospital Campus

Addressing Fears of Recurrence  - June 17, 2020 - 1-2 pm Sponsored by Valley Medical Center

Examining Grief & Loss  - June 22, 2020 - 11 am-12 pm Sponsored by Virginia Mason Cancer Institute

Instructions on how to access online programs are provided on each class and support group page on our website.

Please continue to visit our website for updates about Cancer Lifeline programs and services and other offerings we have moved to an online format. Feel free to share the information.
Support Group Spotlight: Hope in your Heart
Surviving cancer is huge! However, survivorship can also raise new questions and concerns. Will my side effects from treatment go away? Will my PCP know what to look for if my cancer came back? Will I ever stop being anxious when I have a scan scheduled? Join us for education and discussion about these concerns and more. Open to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, whether in treatment or post treatment and caregivers. If you have questions or would like to talk with someone before you attend, please call (206) 297-2500 .

Now held via Zoom.

Facilitated by: Trenecsia Wilson, MAEd LMHCA CDPT NCC

4th Thursdays; 6:30-8 pm
May 28, June 25, July 23, Aug 27


Celebrating Mary Ellen Shands
On April 30th in a Zoom meeting disguised as a staff Happy Hour, Joseph Yurgevich, Cancer Lifeline's Executive Director, presented Mary Ellen Shands with this year's Barbara Frederick Award.

Here are Joseph's remarks:

"Since 2005, the Barbara Frederick Award for Vision & Leadership has been bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the outstanding qualities which Barbara brought to Cancer Lifeline during her exemplary tenure as the Executive Director --- especially her passion for service to others and a keen insight into what cancer patients and their families really need to prevail. Since 2016, we have given this award to extraordinary individuals at our annual Breakfast. But this year is different on so many levels.
"Mary Ellen has embodied these wonderful qualities and so many more during her 25-year tenure at Cancer Lifeline and she always did so with humility, grace, kindness, and by listening carefully and gently guiding the heart of our organization forward. 

"Thirteen years ago, as I began my work at Cancer Lifeline, I was fortunate to go through the Lifeline training and learn directly from her. I continued to learn so much from her through those years---lessons that proved invaluable in approaching the work we do at CL. Thanks to her kind approach to educating, her passion, and dedication, I have no doubt that Cancer Lifeline is a better organization. 

"Thank you, Mary Ellen, for dedicating the last 25 years of your professional work with Cancer Lifeline. There are so many who are better off thanks to your efforts---it’s an amazing legacy to this community." 
Mary Ellen (center) with CL staffers Brenna Driver (L) and Basha Brownstein (R)
Mary Ellen (R) at last year's Breakfast with Friends with former CL board member Jane Repensek
Mary Ellen (center) with Karl (L) and Ellen Zahlis (R) at the 2018 Resources for Hope Dinner
In her own words, an interview with Mary Ellen Shands:
"...When I first learned about the four needs that Cancer Lifeline built all their programming around, I was thrilled. From my experience, needing solid, evidence-based information about cancer, having someone to talk to who could just listen to you sort and talk, feeling included and not isolated, and above all feeling some sense of control were indeed the needs that patients and families needed! I loved delivering the “Four Needs” lecture during Lifeline training or out in the community when asked to talk about Cancer Lifeline’s programs and services!"

Fireside Chat with Pamela Krueger & Mary Ellen Shands
Pamela Krueger, LMFTA, MCP, MFA, JD, recently joined the Cancer Lifeline staff as our new Clinical Program Manager, assuming many of Mary Ellen's duties, including the Support Group and Therapist Referral programs. In this Zoom video , Pamela and Mary Ellen talk about what makes Cancer Lifeline's emotional support programs so effective.
Support Group Spotlight: Lung Cancer Networking Group
Join us for educational speakers and open discussion in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Group is open to those diagnosed with lung cancer and their family and friends.

Sponsored by EvergreenHealth – Halvorson Cancer Center

Now ONLINE via Zoom.

Facilitated by Sandra Johnson, MSW, LICSW

1st Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4

Thanks to you, we met our GiveBig Goal & Match!
On May 5 & 6, GiveBig2020, a Washington State-wide day of online giving, combined forces with GivingTuesday, a global campaign to raise contributions for the work of nonprofits for 48-hours of online fundraising.

Thanks to the support of nearly 80 donors, we were able to meet our goal of $15,000 which was matched dollar for dollar for a total of $30,000. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone!
Art Cars + Street Dance Party = Perfect Birthday Celebration
When one of the members of Cancer Lifeline's Writing for the Moment class mentioned that she had a birthday coming up, instructor Peggy Sturdivant knew just what to do. She called up members of Seattle Art Cars Blowout and organized a parade. Wending its way through a Magnolia neighborhood on a particularly glorious sunny day, five art cars and five or six members of the Writers' group drove by the birthday girl's house. Of course, a dance party then ensued with everyone dancing at least six feet apart!