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Helping Families at TGP

Our programs help children, teens and families cope with the impact of cancer in their lives.

At The Gathering Place, our Children, Teen and Family programs are here to support children and teens living with cancer, who have cancer in the family and who experienced a death of an adult loved one from cancer. Our free programs and services help children, teens and families cope with the emotional, social, spiritual and physical impact of cancer.

At The Gathering Place we recognize that when a parent, grandparent or other significant adult in a child or teen's life is diagnosed with cancer it can profoundly impact the family's coping. Our staff, specially trained to work with children, teens and families, are here to provide support through this challenging time. Our programs help children, teens and families enhance current coping skills and build new ones, strengthen communication and build resilience.

Connections: Support for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer

No parent is ever prepared to hear that their child is battling a life-threatening illness. The Gathering Place offers education, emotional support and activities for the whole family.

Someone I Love Is Sick

Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope with Cancer in the Family is a customizable book to use when talking with children ages 2-6 years old when a parent or grandparent has cancer.

Individual Consultation

Child, teen and family specialists are available to ease your fear and uncertainty by helping you and your family members understand your child or teen's cancer diagnosis in a space where you feel comfortable.


KidShop/TeenShop

Group for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. Utilizing art, play and discussion, children, teens and their parents can interact with families in similar situations, with a different theme every month.

Children, Teen & Family
May 23rd at 6:30 pm

Workshop for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. Utilizing art, play and discussion, children, teens and their parents interact with families in similar situations. This month's theme: Growing as a Family

Children, Teen & Family
June 13th at 6:30 pm

Workshop for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. Utilizing art, play and discussion, children, teens and their parents interact with families in similar situations. This month's theme: Summer Transformation

Connections: Support for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer

New name, same group! This interactive and creative group is designed to connect and support the entire family (caregivers, children, and siblings) in coping with the impact of cancer. Families can also connect with each other to know they are not alone in this experience.

Children, Teen & Family
June 11th at 10:00 am

New name, same group! This interactive and creative group is designed to connect and support the entire family (caregivers, children, and siblings) in coping with the impact of cancer. Families can also connect with each other to know they are not alone in this experience. This month's theme: Let's Get Out of Control! Letting Go of Control and Guilt. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS

Bridges Grief Group for Families

Group for parents, children and teens who have lost an adult family member to cancer.

Bridges Grief Group

Group for parents, children and teens who have experienced a death of an adult loved one from cancer. Includes expressive, age specific, group activities and a concurrent support group for parent.

Other Family Programs

Children, Teen & Family
May 24th at 6:30 pm

Open to all teens current or post cancer treatment. Enjoy Spring by getting into nature and joining us for a short hike and s'mores! Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS

What People Are Saying

"TGP started off as a support system, but over the course of our journey it became much more. The staff did an amazing job of helping me through my chaos, but even more importantly was what they provided my children - normalcy and support. We found community and support. I don't know how may family and I could have made our journey without The Gathering Place." - Participant

Programs at The Gathering Place combine art, discussion, play and fun. Connect with us today by reaching out to Erin Rafter, PhD, CCLS, Children and Family Program Director at 216-455-1516 or by email at rafter@touchedbycancer.org.