Helping Families Cope with Cancer

Throughout the cancer journey, families turn to The Gathering Place to help them restore their sense of resilience. This occurs at the point of diagnosis, midway through treatment, or after treatment has ended. 

Through group and individual interventions, children and teens learn to utilize their own personal strengths and abilities. The Gathering Place provides a safety net of stability and an opportunity for growth and learning. Programs are designed to help families develop or enhance communication, problem solving skills and build their resiliency. 

Programs at The Gathering Place include:

KidShop/Teenshop combines art, play and discussion to provide creative opportunities for children, teens and their parents or guardians to interact with families in similar situations. Learning that you are not alone allows individuals and families to quickly normalize their experiences. 

“This session reinforced my belief that my children really benefit from coping exercises we have learned while attending The Gathering Place. My son has expressed his desire not to miss any sessions because they have really helped him.” - Denise Bender

Bridges Grief Group is a twice monthly group for parents/guardians and children/teens where there has been the death of a loved one from cancer. Bridges includes age specific group activities and a concurrent group for adults. 

It has been monumental in the emotional growth and maturity my daughter has experienced while attending the program. It has given her words to express herself and tools to handle difficult situations.” -Rean Davis

Family Consultations are available with our children’s specialist to discuss concerns about children and teens related to a family member’s cancer journey or death from cancer. 

The Gathering Place also provides support to families who have a child or teen that has been diagnosed with cancer. 

To connect with our staff call 216-595-9546 or email Casey Durkin, Director of Children, Teen and Family Porgramming, durkin@touchedbycancer.org.

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The Gathering Place's funding comes from individuals, families, organizations, foundations and corporations, through our Tribute program, Annual Fund, Special Events and TGP Warehouse sales. We are a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.
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