Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter

Patient Support Programs

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Upstate New York/Vermont 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 1-866-255-3583

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 1-866-255-3583.

Want to Talk With Someone Who Has Been There? Request a First Connection via the internet at


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. For more information, call us at 1-866-255-3583.

Volunteer Facilitator:

MSW or RN looking to volunteer?

We are seeking a support group co-facilitator for our young adult cancer survivor support group  in Latham.

Call Michael, 438-3583, !


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 1-866-255-3583.

Patient Financial Aid Program

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help patients with significant financial need and who are under a doctor's care for a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis. This program is supported entirely by public contributions and patient aid funds are subject to availability.

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 of financial support for select diseases toward the cost of insurance co-payments and/or insurance premium costs for prescription drugs. Please visit the Co-pay Assistance Program for more information or to apply.

The Patient Financial Aid Program provides $100 a year to help patients offset expenses. Receipts for expenses are not required. To apply, you must be a US resident or US military personnel stationed abroad and in active treatment or ongoing medical follow-up care for a blood cancer. Your prescribing healthcare provider must complete and sign the bottom portion of the application form.

The program begins each July 1st and ends on the following June 30th. You must reapply every year after June 30th in order to receive assistance.

How to Apply

If you are in financial need:

Contact your chapter to request an application

Print, complete and return the online application: color or black and white to your chapter. For more information about the Patient Financial Aid program, contact your chapter.

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 1-866-255-3583

last updated on Wednesday, July 10, 2013