Helping The Gathering Place Grow
Sue Klarreich and The Gathering Place
From the founding of The Gathering Place, Sue Klarreich has played an instrumental role supporting and advising the organization.
When Sue Klarreich’s husband, Harold, was first diagnosed with leukemia in Cleveland 38 years ago, she looked for somewhere to go- a place to answer questions and receive support. She found nothing. With an interest in the mind-body connection, Sue understood the tremendous need to support those touched by cancer both medically as well as emotionally. So, when Eileen Saffran recruited Betsy Kohn, Sue’s daughter, to join the founding staff of The Gathering Place, Sue was a natural supporter and advisor to the innovative organization. Through the family foundation, Sue brought Dr. Herb Benson, Mind/Body Medicine Professor at Harvard Medical School, to give the keynote speech for the opening of The Gathering Place.She has continued her support of The Gathering Place, most recently sponsoring Dr. Mindy Greenstein of Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital, to speak on the psychological challenges of facing a cancer diagnosis.
“I think it’s vital” Sue states without hesitation. From the staff and programming to the architecture of the building, The Gathering Place is an essential part of our Cleveland community. “The whole atmosphere of the place”, Sue explains, “the building is well thought out to be homey and comfortable.” To Sue Klarreich, The Gathering is Place is “on the cutting edge of cancer support care.” Sue emphasizes the breadth and depth of programs offered at The Gathering Place, highlighting the uniqueness of the medical library, the free wig salon, specialized support groups, art therapy programs, as well as the children’s programming. Sue explains that the staff “works with participants and identifies needs” to develop programs to support the ever-changing community. Additionally, The Gathering Place works with local medical and nursing students, providing training and an inside perspective to holistic medicine to complement their current studies. Sue attributes the success of The Gathering Place to the “forward thinking administration” and looks forward to watching The Gathering Place evolve and grow in Northeast Ohio.