Communities of Hope
Would you like to connect with other patients and families in your own town?
AA&MDSIF is building Communities of Hope - volunteer led local support groups - to create an ongoing, local organization supporting patients and families, and raise awareness and support for AA&MDSIF programs that support them. Learn more.
Communities of Hope are built:
- To connect patients and families with each other to provide a local resource for peer support, information exchange, and education
- To connect patients and families with each other, and with us, as a means for carrying out AA&MDSIF’s mission
- To engage volunteers for generating awareness among the patient and health professional community, as well as the greater community in which you live
- To create advocates, raising support for AA&MDSIF
- To tap into geographic location to raise support for AA&MDSIF and to help carry out AA&MDSIF’s mission
Each community will look slightly different from another community. It’s up to the members of the local community to decide how they want their group to function. Each community will determine what activities they’d like to participate in – all with the help and support of AA&MDSIF!
Many of these active Communities of Hope function as an enhanced support group. These groups meet on a regular basis, and speakers are invited to talk on a subject of importance to the group members. If you live in one of these areas and would like to join your local Community of Hope support group, please contact the volunteer coordinator noted below by email.
More Communities of Hope are forming in cities across the U.S.!
We also have Communities of Hope forming in MInneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Dallas, TX. If you live in one of these areas and would like to participate or learn more, please contact Patient Educator, Leigh Clark by email or at (301) 279-7202 x140. Want to start one in your hometown? We can help!
|California||San Francisco Bay Area (MDS)
||Boise||Diane Hakes, LCSW|
||Chicago (MDS)||Kim Jensen|
||New York City||Melissa Diaz|
||Contact Leigh for more information|
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Support Groups
In conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), AA&MDSIF is pleased to let patients and families know about the LLS support group opportunities around the country. These support groups are facilitated by LLS, not AA&MDSIF. If you live in one of these areas and would like to join the support group, please contact the coordinator noted below by email or phone.
|Arkansas||Little Rock||Meg Boykon|
|Los Angeles County/Wes Side||Leila Evangelista|
|Oakland||Lauren Wilkerson Hall|
|Redondo Beach||Leila Evangelista|
|Sacramento||Lauren Wilkerson Hall|
|San Francisco (UCSF)||Julie Pater|
|Santa Cruz||Lauren Wilkerson Hall|
|Walnut Creek||Lauren Wilkerson Hall|
|Colorado||Colorado Springs||Lori Apple (800) 286-8159
|Denver||Lori Apple (800) 286-8159|
|Grand Junction||Lori Apple (800) 286-8159|
|Idaho||Boise (Bone Marrow
|Louisiana||Baton Rouge||Hillary Tallman (225) 927-2273|
|Marrero||West Jefferson Medical Cancer Center (504) 349-6360|
|Metairie||Debbie Schmitz (504) 456-5000|
|Maryland||Bel Air||Michelle Sobczyk@lls.org|
|Minnesota||Duluth and Robbinsdale||LIndsay Anderson|
|St. Cloud||Janelle Thoreson and Siri Spanier|
||Myra Davis-Alston, RN|
|New Hampshire||Concord||Gayle Bagley|
|New Mexico||Albuquerque||People Living Through Cancer (505) 242-3263|
|Santa Fe||Eileen Joyca (505) 428-0670|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma City (BMT Group Only)||Michelle Bycko or Crystal Gazaqay (405) 271-4022|
|Oklahoma City||Vicki Muir|
|Pennsylvania||Bethel Park||Angela Austin|
|South Dakota||Sioux Falls||Melanie Hericks|
|Texas||San Antonio||Adrianna Cole|
|West Virginia||Wheeling||Angela Austin|
Other Support Group Opportunities
AA&MDSIF is pleased to let patients and families know about other support group opportunities around the country. These support groups are facilitated by medical facilities, not AA&MDSIF. If you live in one of these areas and would like to join the support group, please contact the coordinator noted below by email or phone.
|Maryland||Columbia||Mary Dowling, LCSW-C (410) 964-9100 x5|
|New York||Glens Falls||Paul Miller, RN, OCN|
|Pennsylvania||Hershey||Teressa Novotny, MSW|
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