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Patient Support Programs

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


See below for LLS-sponsored or LLS partner support groups in your area:


For more information about those or any of the following programs, contact us at (312) 651-7353 or


Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program

Those recently diagnosed with a blood cancer often find it helpful to speak with someone who has been through treatment and learned how to manage the same disease. The First Connection peer-to-peer program connects newly diagnosed patients and their families with trained volunteers who have experienced blood cancer firsthand and understand the process. Trained volunteer survivors offer caring support and information as they share their special perspective on the recovery process. Contact us at (312) 651-7353 for more information.


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, chronic myeloid leukemia or myeloma, and for young adults living with blood cancer. Each chat is moderated by an oncology social worker and is password protected. 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 issues surrounding childhood cancer. Program videos and materials are available for students from preschool to high school. For more information, call us at (312) 651-7353.


Patient Financial Aid Program 

Following careful evaluation, LLS has decided to suspend the Patient Financial Aid program. Effective March 1, 2014, applications are no longer being accepted.

We encourage you to find out if you are eligible for the LLS Co-Pay Assistance program (see below). Support for the Co-Pay program is based on the availability of funds by disease diagnosis.

For information in Spanish, click here.

Health care providers and patients may register in the LLS Co-Pay Assistance program online portal and begin the application process. For more information, visit or call 877-557-2672 to speak with an LLS Co-Pay Specialist.  


last updated on Friday, October 31, 2014