- Local Support Groups
Local Support Groups
If you are facing a major illness or stressful life change, you don’t have to go it alone. A support group can help. The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation works in partnership with providers to host groups where people can share personal experiences and feelings, chronic medical conditions, bereavement or caregiving. There is no cost to attend these groups, however, reservations are requested.
Young Women’s Support Group
Are you looking for emotional guidance and support from other women your age? We have created a special group tailed to women 50 years old and younger.Target audience are those diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.
Organizers: Nancy “Charlie” Swopes, Rachel Schaeffer Barraza
Meeting locations: RGCF classroom, 616 N. Virginia, Suite D
Meeting times: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 4th Tuesday of the month
Contact: Charlie Swopes (915) 577-7186; Rachel Barraza (915) 373-6115
Chia’s Silver Lining
A wellness and educational forum, the group is brought together by the misadventure that is cancer. Chia’s Silver Lining brings cancer survivors together to listen and talk, teach and learn, and most importantly to enjoy each other.Powerful things happen when people come together. By connecting, we change each other’s lives. We are each others Silver Lining.
Organizers: Chia Wollslager
Meeting locations: various locations throughout the community
Meeting times/dates: https://www.chiasilverlining.com/pages/hear-and-now-meet-ups
Contact: Chia Wollschlager, (915) 203-0808
In partnership with Elara Caring Network, this is a six-week program for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Sessions are not designed for minor aged children and it is not recommended that 2 members of the same family attend the sessions together.
Organizers: Sam Faraone, Chaplain
Meeting locations: Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N. Virginia
Meeting times: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Sam Faraone, CIMA Hospice (915) 778-1222 or RGCF (915) 562-7660 x 304
Faith and Grief
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you are invited to a Faith & Grief lunch to be strengthened by food, inspiration, prayer and conversation with others who understand.People of all faiths are welcome.
Organizers: Katherine Norvell, Carlos Clugy-Soto, Pete McMillan, Karen Sutton
Meeting locations: First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison Drive
Meeting times/dates: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Contact: (469) 251-9612 or RGCF (915) 562-7660 X 304
Wellness from Within
Organizers: Rio Grande Cancer Foundation and OLLI
Meeting Locations: Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N. Virginia
Meeting times/date: Saturday mornings; 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon (various dates)
Contact: Lynn Provenzano, (915) 747-6374 or (915) 449-0619,
Rio Grande Cancer Foundation (915) 562-7660 x 304,
Monica Gomez (915) 491-8681
A 12-week workshop for cancer survivors and caregivers with various topics related to healing and survivorship.Focus on active living after cancer and includes presentations on nutrition, spirituality and survivorship dialogue, the group is available in English and in Spanish.
Organizers: Cancer & Chronic Disease Consortium
Meeting Locations: Various, throughout the city
Meeting times/dates: various
Contact: Adriana Valdes or Pat Morales, (915) 771-6305
Children’s Grief Center
Children’s Grief Center offers grief education in a safe and caring environment to share issues of loss and help to give hope. Their services reduce the onset of serious mental health issues such as Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Behavioral Disorders. The goal is to help children, teens and adults reconcile their losses, thrive and move forward in a healthy manner.
Organizer: Laura Olague, Executive Director
Meeting location: 11625 Pellicano and School-based groups depending on school district being served
Meeting times: Groups are held weekly with half of families attending every other week and other half attending opposite week.
Phone Number: (915) 532-6004
JLV Memorial for Men’s Cancer Awareness
JLV encourages men for Early Screening – Colonoscopy/PSA Test combined. Education for early youth awareness on Testicular Self Evaluation. Assist with flight expenses to MD Anderson & Scholarship program for Men’s Cancer Survivor family members
Organizer: Luis J. Martinez
Meeting times: Please call Mr. Martinez for dates & various locations
Phone Number: (915) 478-0024
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