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Local Support Groups

Local Support Groups

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


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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:

Contact: Chia Wollschlager, (915) 203-0808



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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


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Classes

In partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP (OLLI), the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation sponsors classes to enhance the enjoyment, meaning and direction of mature lives, to stay connected and to support the well-being of adults. OLLI classes, lectures and tours are held either at RGCF offices, UTEP, virtually or on-site and seek to develop a community of older learners to share knowledge, spark ideas, inspire new thinking and forge friendships. No tests or pressure... just the sheer joy of learning and camaraderie.

Organizers: OLLI

Meeting Locations: see OLLI catalog

Meeting times/date: see OLLI catalog

Contact: Lynn Provenzano, (915) 747-6374 or (915) 449-0619,

Rio Grande Cancer Foundation (915) 562-7660 x 304,



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


Supporting the whole patient means meeting their emotional needs as well as their physical ones. Even better: doing so is also shown to improve treatment outcomes. We work 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.

Are You Interested in Organizing a Support Group?

At the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, we support and fund new and existing cancer support groups of the following types:

  • Specific cancer type support groups (such as breast cancer support groups and prostate support groups)
  • Spanish language cancer support groups
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Grief and loss support groups
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyle support groups
  • Young adult support groups
  • Therapeutic writing or creative arts support groups
  • Living with cancer support groups
  • Cancer survivor support groups

Cancer support groups are the living, breathing embodiment of the mission of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation. Funding is available to groups that meet the following criteria:

  • They have a 501(c)(3) charitable organization status
  • They operate in and serve El Paso County, Texas
  • They create a proposal including meeting locations, dates and times; target audience; focus; methodologies; key objectives; and measures of success, then receive approval by the Foundation
  • They include the written acknowledgement “funded by the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation” on all related announcements, promotions, and materials
  • Funding is limited to $2,500 per support group and may be used for:
  • Honorariums for speakers and presenters
  • Refreshments
  • Materials and supplies
  • Meeting space costs

Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief are also invited to apply.

To be considered for funding, email a proposal including meeting locations, dates and times; target audience; focus; methodologies; key objectives; and measures of success, and email it to

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