The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Gateway 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, please contact Josh Bollam, Patient & Community Outreach Manager at Josh.Bollam@lls.org or 914.821.8409.
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 (800) 955-4572.
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 https://communityview.lls.org to learn more or join.
Family Support Groups
The Gateway Chapter offers support groups for adults, children with cancer, parents of children with cancer, and siblings of children with cancer. Volunteer oncology professionals lead groups to encourage the discussion of feelings and concerns during and after the course of treatment. Speakers often present information related to cancer. These groups offer information and encourage communication among patients, families and care givers and are held regularly. For more information, call us at (800) 955-4572 or see our list of 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 young adults (aged 18-39) living with blood cancer. Each chat is moderated by an oncology social worker. For more information, see Online Chats.
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 (800) 955-4572.
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. For more Information, see Honored Hero Program.
Patient Organizing Notebooks
The chapter offers a professionally designed binder to assist patients and their families in understanding and organizing the sometimes overwhelming care and information related to treatment of a blood cancer. The journal provides information and education material on LLS as well as forms and folders to track and retain all necessary information on their disease in an orderly fashion for future referance. To request a patient notebook, please call (314) 590-2230 or (800) 264-2873.
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.
Patient Travel Assistance Program
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Patient Travel Assistance programs are 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.
Gateway Chapter Patient Travel Assistance Program
Please note that patients can only receive travel assistance once per fiscal year. If a patient received assistance through a local travel program, they will not be eligible to receive assistance nationally.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors. Program continuation is dependent on the availability of funds and the program could be modified or discontinued at any time if funding is limited or no longer available. Please visit our website in the future to become aware of new funding.
Information and Referral
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 email@example.com.