California Southland Chapter

Patient Support Programs

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's California Southland Chapter offers a wide range of free educational and support programs for patients, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals.


For more information about any of the following programs or upcoming educational programs, please contact Roxanne Garza, Patient Access, Education & Advocacy Manager, at 714.481.5605 or


Click here to view any upcoming patient/professional education programs.


Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program

If you've recently been diagnosed with a blood cancer, you may find it helpful to speak with someone who's been through treatment and learned how to manage the same disease. The Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program is a peer-to-peer program that links newly diagnosed patients and their families with trained volunteers who have experienced blood cancer firsthand and can understand your experience. Trained volunteer survivors offer caring support and information by sharing their special perspective on the recovery process.


Honored Hero Program

Our honored heroes provide inspiration and support for the LLS fundraising programs and are symbols of strength for others dealing with challenges in their lives. An honored hero is anyone who is being treated for, or is a survivor of, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. You can participate on several levels, including sharing your story, creating artwork, writing letters or attending fundraising events.

Patient & Family Support Groups

Open communication is critical for coping with the feelings that arise during illness. Family Support Groups feature sessions led by local healthcare professionals where you can share your concerns, fears, problems and experiences in a comfortable and caring setting.

  • Myeloma Support Group
    This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center (39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270). Please contact the facilitator, Alison Sachs, MSW OSW-C, at 760.834.3798 for more details.
  • CML Family Support Group
    This group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the LLS Orange County Office (765 The City Drive South, Suite 450, Orange, CA 92868). Facilitators are Jessica L. Kozuki, MSN, RN, AOCNP, NP-C, AOCNS, and Gail Munzing, BSN. Please contact Roxanne Garza, Community Outreach Manager, at 714.481.5605 or
  • Blood Cancer Family Support Group (Duarte, CA)
    This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City of Hope National Medical Center (1500 E. Duarte Rd, Duarte, CA 91010). Please contact facilitator Terence Hung, MSW, at 626.256.4673, ext. 62282 for more details.
  • Blood Cancer Family Support Group (Riverside, CA)
    This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Hospital Center/MOB2 Auditorium MC 1- A & 1-B (1st floor) at 10800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA. Please contact facilitator Elvira Pan, LCSW, at 951.353.4755 for more details.
  • LLS SoCal Cancer Connection Young Adult Group
    Events and meetings are posted on Facebook. Please contact Christine Magnus Moore for more information -

Online Support Groups

Our online support groups offer weekly sessions where you can share and receive support from the comfort of your home. Each session is an hour and a half and moderated by a trained professional. All sessions are password protected and provided in partnership with the Cancer Support Community. For more information, see Online Support Groups.

Online Chats

Our weekly two-hour online chats provide a friendly forum to share experiences and offer support for people living with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or chronic myeloid leukemia and for young adults (aged 18-39) living with blood cancer. Each chat is moderated by an oncology social worker. For more information, see Online Chats.

The Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer

Returning to school after cancer treatment can be a tough adjustment for young survivors. The Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer helps children and youth cope with life after treatment and teaches parents, classmates, teachers and healthcare professionals how to deal with the issues surrounding childhood cancer. Program videos and materials are available for students from preschool to high school.

Co-Pay Assistance Program

Dealing with cancer is hard enough without having to worry about the financial burden. The Co-Pay Assistance Program helps you pay your insurance premiums and meet co-pay obligations. We'll also help you find additional sources of financial help. For more information, see Co-Pay Assistance.

last updated on Monday, February 23, 2015