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

Registration begins December 15th for Winter Programs (January through April, 2021). Meanwhile, Cancer Lifeline programs continue online through December 2020.

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 coming up in December 2020.

Healthier Holiday Cooking - Dec. 10, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Caregiver Support for the Holidays - Dec. 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Coping with Loss - Dec. 16, 12:30-1:30 pm

Managing Emotions During the Holidays - Dec. 16, 5:30-6:30 pm

Healthy Holiday Foods - Dec.16, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Open Studio Process - Dec. 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Cancer in the Time of Covid: Get Ready for the Holidays
This year the holidays will look and feel quite different for us.

As a result of the COVID-19 virus we are being compelled to not gather in numbers and to make an effort to reduce exposure to others. What…no massive holiday dinners to prepare or parties to attend, no shopping ‘til we drop??? Might we really be able to follow through on our annual commitment to not become exhausted and overwhelmed?

Granted, we will be doing our best, despite our imposed limitations, to create an environment that allows us to celebrate and “connect” with the important people in our lives, so here are some tips to help us stay healthy and sane!

Connect, connect, connect - Just because we can’t hug and touch doesn’t mean we can’t “be with” those we love. By now we have all probably figured out the wonders of the internet, Zoom, Facetime, etc. MAKE A PLAN and set a date and time to “be with” family and friends over the holidays. It is more important than ever this holiday season to combat isolation and loneliness.

Conserve your energy - Cancer and treatment are a HUGE energy drain. PLAN your activities so that you have the energy to do what is most important to you. Be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do.

Attend to your own self-care - You know what you need to do to take care of yourself and it is critical to not let those things slip off your plate. Get in a walk each day or whatever form of exercise you have been doing, take that afternoon nap and keep eating a healthy diet. If you practice meditation or mindfulness, be sure to continue with your practice. All of your efforts toward self-care will BOOST your energy level!

On-line shopping - Accomplish in a few hours what usually takes days to do! You won’t be putting your health at risk, stressing out over lines at the register, traffic or parking.

In this regular blog post about Cancer in the time of COVID, we dive a little deeper into some of those reactions we may be experiencing and discuss strategies to help deal with them.
“I couldn’t have survived this pandemic isolation, the bad air quality week, and the election as sanely as I have without the Cancer Lifeline exercise, nutrition classes and presentations. When I see my oncologist in December for follow up, I will be sure to sing praises of this essential organization for cancer patients so he makes sure to encourage his patients to look into cancer lifeline to enhance their treatment and recovery."

~ Cancer Lifeline Client
Please join us for GivingTuesday, an online day of international giving. All gifts made online on Tuesday, December 1 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
Get Connected - 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

Benefiting Cancer Lifeline's Patient Financial Assistance Fund for cancer patients in need, this year's Resources for Hope rolled out the red carpet virtually to help cancer patients who are faced with choosing between treatment and meeting life's necessities.

"You all stepped up in the midst of a pandemic to make sure that Cancer lifeline could continue to support cancer patients in need and we raised over $500,000!," said Resources for Hope Chair Monica Adams. "Because of your generosity we are on track to distribute these critical safety-net funds to cancer patients. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!"
Our Sponsors Make It Possible
We want to give a shout out to our generous sponsors who stood by us as we took our fundraisers online this year. 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, this year rejoining as a sponsor of Resources for Hope 2020 Online.
For the third year in a row, Jennifer Evans and her Farmers Insurance agency has been a sponsor of 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 14 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 welcomes We Work for Health Washington as a new sponsor of this year's Resources for Hope online fundraiser.
We are grateful for the Alhadeff Foundation joining us for the second year in a row 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.