UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
Caregiver Newsletter
Greetings Caregivers,

Here at the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program, we strive to offer resources and programs to help you cope with the unique challenges of being a caregiver for a brain tumor patient. We encourage you to explore the educational resources and support options available to you from both UCSF and the community.

We are very excited to announce our annual Caregiver Retreat! Please see the first listing below for details about it, and we hope to see you there!

We would also like to share a free online resource: three guided meditatiion audio recordings created by integrative physician Marty Rossman, MD, especially for caregivers, for the PBS show The Healing Mind. They vary in length from just four minutes to 25 minutes, and we have found them to be deeply relaxing. We hope you do, too.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our program team if you have any questions or feel you could benefit from additional resources.

We are here if you need us!

Warm Wishes,
The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program team

2023 Brain Tumor Caregiver Retreat
Saturday, May 20
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
UCSF Faculty Alumni House, 745 Parnassus

Join us for a restorative day where current caregivers of brain tumor patients can connect and learn practical information to manage the challenges that can arise from supporting their loved ones, in a warm and nurturing environment.
Presentations include:

The day also includes:
  • Discussion groups
  • Delicious breakfast and lunch
  • Complementary chair massage
  • Free validated parking

NBTS NorCal Brain Tumor Walk
Saturday, June 10
9:00 - 11:00 am
San Francisco Zoo

Join the National Brain Tumor Society for this fun event experience for the Northern California Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, June 10, 2023! We will honor those touched by brain tumors, as we gather together as a community at the wonderful San Francisco Zoo.
All are invited to join (or donate to) either Team UCSF, organized by UCSF, or Team UCSF Survive and Thrive 2023, organized by our fantastic Thriver, Dan! We hope you can join us for a day of community, exercise, and fun!

Online Community Event

Reimagine Series: From Suffering to Spiritual Growth
Wednesday, April 19
5:30 - 6:45 pm
Online, via Zoom

Drawing from their professional expertise and personal experiences as chaplains, caregivers, and spiritual leaders, Rev. Jen Bailey, Caitlin Breedlove, Sensei Chodo Robert Campbell, and Mati Esther Engel discuss how to create space for others to process grief while addressing larger systemic inequities that may impact one's bereavement journey. Additionally, they'll share insights on navigating personal grief when tasked with ministering to the needs of others. Discover the power of spiritual support and resilience in times of loss and transformation.
Support Options
Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Support Group
Monthly on the 2nd Wednesday
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Online, via Zoom

Our caregiver-only support group is an emotional support group facilitated by our neuro-oncology social worker and allows caregivers to focus on their own experience. Open to caregivers of UCSF brain tumor patients.
Also available is our patient & caregiver support group, open to all brain tumor patients and family members.
Peer Caregiver Support
On your own schedule!

Our peer support program matches a current caregiver of a brain tumor patient with a former caregiver volunteer who can provide emotional and practical support as needed. Caregivers are matched as best as possible on age, diagnosis, family situation and more.
Camp for Kids
Camp Kesem
Various Dates

Camp Kesem is a free, week-long overnight summer camp experience designed for children ages 6-18 who are impacted by a parent's cancer. The camp focuses on creating fun experiences that help children forget about - even if for a short time - the challenges of coping with a parent’s cancer diagnosis. Campers find adventure and creativity, build trust in themselves, and create new friendships.
UCSF Neuro-Oncology
Gordon Murray Caregiver Program

(415) 514-5674