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 Katie Petersen at email@example.com or call (914) 821-8979. 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.
Family Support Groups
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 - Myeloma
- Memphis - Myeloma
- Chattanooga - Myeloma
- Chattanooga - Parents and Caregivers of Children with Cancer
- Johnson City - Myeloma
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.
- Memphis - First Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
- Memphis - Myeloma - Third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
- Knoxville - Second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.
- Chattanooga - First Thursday of the month at 3 p.m.
- Chattanooga - (Myeloma) - Second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.
- Chattanooga - Parents & Caregivers of Children with Cancer - Second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
- Johnson City - Third Saturday of the month at 12 noon
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.
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 Power of Compassion
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 Katie Petersen at Katie.Petersen@lls.org, or call the Tennessee Chapter at 615.331.2980 or 800.332.2980.
Dealing with cancer is hard enough without having to worry about the financial burden. The Co-Pay Assistance program helps qualifying 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 co-pay or other newly available programs, contact Katie Petersen at Katie.Petersen@lls.org, 615.331.2980 or 800.332.2980, or go to www.lls.org/copay where you can also apply online. To call our co-pay department for an application, call (877) 557-2672, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 & 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.
Healthcare Professionals—Patient Referral
If you are a provider and would like to refer a patient for any of the services listed above, please complete the Patient Referral Form.
Spanish Patient Referral Form