The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Connecticut 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, call us at
Jennifer McGarry, M.S. - 321 Research Parkway, Suite 212, Meriden, CT 06450, 203-427-2046 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Patient Financial Aid Program offers up to $100 per year to help patients with significant financial need and who are under a doctor's care for a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis offset expenses. This program is supported entirely by public contributions. Patient Aid funds are subject to availability. Due to depletion of funds, applications from May 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 are no longer being accepted. The program will resume as of July 1, 2013
Receipts for expenses aren't required. To apply, you must be a U.S. resident and in active treatment or ongoing medical follow-up for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes or another blood cancer. Your physician must complete and sign the bottom portion of the application form. Patient Aid funds are subject to availablitiy.
Please contact LLS to find out if you are eligible for the LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program before applying for patient financial aid. For eligible patients, the Co-Pay Assistance Program may offer a larger amount fo financial suppport for select diseases toward the cost of insurance co-payments and/or insurance permium costs for prescription drugs. (see below about Co-Pay Assistance)
The program begins each July 1st and ends on the following June 30th. You must reapply every year after June 30. If you are in financial need please request an application by contacting your Chapter (contacts above):
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.
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.
Connecticut Clinical Trials Information
This site is intended to help cancer patients and their doctors find the trials that fit their needs and to introduce patients to the world of clinical trials and give them the tools to make informed decisions. ctcancertrials.org