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Patient Support Programs


Family Support Groups are based on the idea that communication is important throughout the cancer journey. With professional guidance, patients and family members can discuss their anxieties and concerns with others who share the experience. This sharing strengthens the family bond and enhances everyone's ability to cope with cancer.  There is no charge for meeting attendees.

The Tennessee Chapter conducts monthly family support groups in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City for patients, friends, caretakers and family members affected by a diagnosis of leukemia, myeloma, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative disorders. 


Nashville - (Myeloma) - Third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. 

Nashville - Second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Nashville - (Stem Cell Transplant) Third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m.

Memphis - First Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Knoxville - Second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Chattanooga - First Thursday of the month at 3 p.m.

Chattanooga - (Myeloma) - Third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Johnson City - First Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.

 For additional information, contact Patient Services Manager Mary Winslow, LCSW, at mary.winslow@lls.org, 615.331.2980 or 800.332.2980, extension 1743.


The Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program is a free service of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) that enables patients and their loved ones to connect with a trained peer volunteer who has gone through a similar experience. 

LLS First Connection peer volunteers are in a unique position to provide support and community resource information to others facing a similar cancer diagnosis.  Patients and their family members are matched with peer volunteers.  The match is based on diagnosis, age, gender and other factors that might create a mutual understanding and ease of communication between participants and volunteers.  The programs makes an average of 6,000 first connections each year.

If you are a blood cancer patient or a family member of a patient and wish to speak with someone who has been treated for a similar diagnosis, you can request a First Connection match by contacting Mary Winslow at mary.winslow@lls.org or call (615) 331.2980 or (800) 332-2980, extension 1743.  Your peer First Connection volunteer will then arrange for one or two phone calls or meetings with you at a mutually convenient time and place.  The information shared between a trained peer volunteer and a patient or family member is strictly confidential.


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 proviced in partnership with the Cancer Support Community.  For more inforamtion, 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 your adults (ages 18-39) living with blood cancer.  Each chat is moderated by an oncology social worker.  For more information see Online Chats.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society inspires volunteers and donors to give back in honor and remembrance of local cancer patients.  The Hero program helps us motivate Tennesseans to contribute over a million dollars annually towards a cure.

You Can Help:  If you or a relative are interested in participating as an honored or remembered hero for any of our programs, please contact Barbara Burk at Barbara.Burk@lls.org, or call the Tennessee Chapter at 615.331.2980 or 800.332.2980. 


The Patient Financial Aid program offers up to $100 per year to help patients offset expenses.  Receipts for expenses are not required.  To apply, you must be a U.S. resident and in active treatment or ongoing medical follow-up for leukemia, Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes or other blood cancer.  Your physician must complete and sign the bottom portion of the application form.

The program begins each July 1st and ends on the following June 30th, depending upon the availability of funds.  You must reapply every year after June 30th.  For more information, call us at 615.331.2980 or 800.332.2980 and ask for Patient Services Manager Mary Winslow (ext. 1743) or Patient Aid Coordinator Barbara Burk (ext. 1741). 

New applications will be e-mailed or mailed automatically to our existing patient database during the month of July.


Dealing with cancer is hard enough without having to worry about the financial burden.  The Co-Pay Assistance program helps qualifiying patients pay their monthly health insurance/Medicare premiums and meet co-pay obligations.  Approval is based upon diagnosis, income, and cost of living index.  For more information about the program, go to www.lls.org/copay.  To apply, call (877) 557-2672, or e-mail copay@lls.org, or go to www.lls.org/copay.


In addition to our programs and services for blood cancer patients, families and caregivers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is pleased to offer an extensive directory of national and international resources. These organizations can help with cancer-related issues like financial assistance, support and counseling, assistance with transportation, summer camps, insurance, and much more.  For a full listing, visit our Resource Center.

INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER  (Speak with Information Specialists)

The Information Resource Center (IRC) is manned by Master's level oncology professionals who help callers navigate through the treatment, financial and social challenges facing people living with cancer.  The IRC offers the most accurate and current information on blood cancers.  IRC information specialists educate patients, families and caregivers on how to communicate with their healthcare teams - and connect with community and national resources - to expedite receiving quality treatment and support services.  Language services are available for IRC calls

Call (800) 955-4572 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET), or chat online at www.lls.org (click on "Live Help").  During evenings and weekends, callers can leave a message for call back 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - or they can e-mail infocenter@lls.org.

last updated on Monday, February 09, 2015