Orange County Inland Empire Chapter

Patient Support Programs

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's OCIE 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 Roxanne Garza, Community Outreach Manager at 714-481-5605.

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 714-481-5605.

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. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors Family Support Groups for all Leukemia, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Myelodysplasia patients, families, and friends. There is no fee to participate & light refreshments are served.

Myeloma Support Group

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month,3-5 pm, at the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221 Please call facilitator Alison Sachs, MSW OSW-C 760-834-3798 for more details.

CML Support Group

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 6:30-8 pm, of each month at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 760 The City Drive South, Suite 260, Orange CA 92868 Facilitators: Grace Mucci, PhD & Rebecca Gorban, MSW.

Blood Cancer Family Support Group

Meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, City of Hope National Medical Center at 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte CA 91010 Please call facilitator Terence Hung, MSW at 626-256-4673 (HOPE) ext. 62282 for more details.

Riverside County - Blood Cancer Family Support Group

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, Kaiser Permanente Hospital Center/MOB2 Auditorium MC1-A & 1-B (1st. floor) at 10800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA Please call facilitator Elvira Pan, LCSW at 951-353-4755 for more details.

San Bernardino County - Blood Cancer Family Support Group

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7 pm, Kaiser Permanente Hospital at 9961 Sierra Avenue  Fontana, CA 92335-6794 Please call facilitator Erlinda Patterson at 909-754-8392 for more details.

For further information, call Patient Services toll free at: 1-800-535-9300 ext. 5640,  714-481-5640 or email at

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. For more information, call us at 714-481-5605.

Patient Financial Aid Program*

The Patient Financial Aid Program offers up to $100 per year to help patients offset expenses. 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.

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. 

You can participate on several levels, including sharing your story, creating artwork, writing letters or attending fundraising events. For more information, call us at 714-481-5605.

 Patients who participate in the Patient Financial Aid program may also be eligible for the LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program. 

last updated on Thursday, August 29, 2013