The Gathering Place's

The Impact of The Annual Fund

“I began to feel calmer just pulling into the parking lot. I felt better as soon as I walked in the door. I’ve always been the strong one in my family taking care of everyone. I don’t know how to ask for help and I never wanted to. But coming here has shown me that it’s OK to take care of myself. I felt crushed and now I feel lighter and more hopeful. I know that I need to do things for me. I can do that here. I’m starting with yoga, meditation and a support group. This place is a life saver.” ~ Mary G.

Without you, there is no us.

The support that we receive from our Annual Fund Campaign allows The Gathering Place (TGP) to improve the quality of life for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as their loved ones. TGP’s cancer support services address needs from the time of diagnosis through survivorship or grief.

Annually, over 3,200 individuals from throughout Northeast Ohio will turn to TGP for support and address their mind, body, and spirit as well as build community with others who are on the journey.

Your gift to the 2024-25 Annual Fund Campaign will ensure that TGP is able to continue to create a caring community that supports, educates, and empowers individuals and families currently coping with the impact of cancer.

Together, we can ensure that TGP’s programs and services remain available, free of charge, to individuals & families who are on a cancer journey, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or income level.

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This year, over 25,000 individuals in Northeast Ohio will receive a cancer diagnosis.

Elle's Cancer Journey

"I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer in March of this year," said Elle Macknin. The 42-year-old Solon mom of two says at times, it still doesn’t seem real. She was healthy, thriving, and keeping up with yearly mammograms since age 39. The diagnosis admittedly rocked her, and immediately her heart went to her little girls. “My first instinct was mom guilt. You just feel bad… Like, what have I done to the family?” said Elle.

In that time of darkness, a social worker at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center suggested going to The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place would ultimately help her find the light.

The Gathering Place exists to support individuals and families as they learn to cope with the emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and financial impact of cancer.

Our Annual Fund Campaign exists to ensure that all of our programs and services are available free of charge to those currently on the cancer journey.

Donations make these possible. Please consider making your gift today.
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