Gateway Chapter

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Patient Support Programs


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Gateway 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, contact Meg Boyko, Patient Services Manager, at (314) 590-2239 or meg.boyko@lls.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. For more information, call us at (314) 590-2266 or request a First Connection online.

Family Support Groups

The Gateway Chapter offers support groups for adults, children with cancer, parents of children with cancer, and siblings of children with cancer.  Volunteer oncology professionals lead groups to encourage the discussion of feelings and concerns during and after the course of treatment.  Speakers often present information related to cancer.  These groups offer information and encourage communitcation among patients, families and care givers and are held regularly.  For more information, call us at (314) 590-2266 or see our list of Support Groups in the Gateway Chapter.

Online Support 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. For more information, call us at (314) 590-2266.

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.

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. 

More Information on our Honored Hero Program

Patient Organizing Notebooks

The chapter offers a professionally designed binder to assist patients and their families in understanding and organizing the sometimes overwhelming care and information related to treatment of a blood cancer.  The journal provides information and education material on LLS as well as forms and folders to track and retain all necessary information on their disease in an orderly fashion for future referance.

Advocacy

With more than 50,000 advocates throughout the country, our voice is being heard by those responsible for legislation to fund blood cancer research and education programs.  Your help is needed to day.  Visit Call For Cures for more information.

last updated on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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