Skip to main content

Patient Support Programs ● Southern California - Hawaii

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Southern California - Hawaii Region offers a wide range of free educational and support programs for patients, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. 

Get Support!

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, please call us at (914) 535-0802.

LLS Community                                                                                   

Join a community of people who understand what you’re going through.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Community is an online community of people living with or supporting someone with blood cancer. LLS Community is a place for you to get connected and share your voice to drive change.
How can LLS Community help?
GET SUPPORT - Connect with others who have been through it. LLS Community is a place to talk with other people affected by blood cancers.
GET INFORMED - Get access to valuable information, education, and resources available to support you. The information on LLS community is accurate, up-to-date, and from a trusted source.
MAKE AN IMPACT - Too often, traditional research has excluded your voice, the voice that matters most. LLS Community relies on your experiences and insights to drive program development and research studies that address the needs and real-world challenges of patients living with blood cancer.
LLS Community is about participation. Our job is to translate the community’s voice into powerful, real-world research. By being a part of LLS Community, you contribute to:

  • a vibrant sharing of information
  • the discovery of trends and insights about blood cancer and the cancer experience
  • research that will help improve care and help find cures

LLS Community was created in memory of Michael Garil, generously supported by his parents, Bernard, National Board member, and his wife, Ethel.

Please visit to learn more or join.

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, please call us at (914) 535-0802.  Please click here for a list of all local Family Support Groups.

Online Chats

We know what you are going through. Let's chat with each other.
Our live, weekly online chats provide a friendly forum to share experiences and chat with others about anything from the initial phase of diagnosis to treatment and survivorship. Each chat is moderated by an oncology social worker.  For the disease-specific chats, dates and times, please see Online Chats.

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, please call us at (914) 535-0802.

Financial Support

All Patient Financial Assistance Programs

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. 

Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance program is available to blood cancer patients, with significant financial need, who may qualify to receive financial assistance for approved expenses which include: ground transportation (gas, tolls, car rental, taxi, bus, train, ambulance services, etc.), air travel, and lodging related expenses.

The LLS Patient Travel Assistance Program has been renamed Susan Lang Pay-it-Forward Patient Travel Assistance.
At a young age, Susan Lang was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). At a difficult time in Susan’s journey, the seemingly impossible happened. Her family received much needed financial assistance from friends, neighbors and even people she did not know. Unfortunately, Susan died at the age of 14. Since her passing, Susan’s family committed to “paying it forward,” and has supported LLS in their New Jersey community, to help other patients and families dealing with blood cancers. Now, through an act of great generosity, Susan’s family has made it possible to provide assistance to more patients through the LLS Patient Travel Assistance Program, which will now be named the Susan Lang Pay-it-Forward Patient Travel Assistance, in her honor. We are pleased that the compassion of Susan’s family will be extended to other families touched by blood cancer.

Program Eligibility Criteria
•    Applicants (patients) must be US citizens and permanent residents of the Central California, California Southland, Orange County/Inland Empire*, and San Diego Chapter areas, and
•    Applicants must have a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis. (Physicians signature confirming diagnosis is required), and
•    Applicants must demonstrate financial need: household income at or below adjusted 500% U.S. Federal Poverty Level (FPL), (Financial documents such as recent tax returns, 1099s, Social Security, benefit statements or W-2s will be reviewed to determine eligibility). 

*Orange County/Inland Empire Counties: Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino
Please click here to apply.

The LLS Patient Travel Assistance Program is provided and managed by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is supported through funding from Stater Bros. Charities for use within the Southern California chapters. All inquiries regarding the Patient Travel Assistance Program should be directed to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Information and Referral

Information Specialists
Speak one-on-one with an Information Specialist who can assist you through cancer treatment, financial and social challenges and give accurate, up-to-date disease, treatment and support information. Our Information Specialists are master's level oncology social workers, nurses and health educators. 
Please call 1-800-955-4572 or email

Healthcare Professionals—Patient Referral
If you are a provider and would like to refer a patient for any of the services listed, please complete the Patient Referral Form (available in English and Spanish).