Support Groups

Remember you are not alone in dealing with sarcoma, be sure to take advantage of any support systems in your community. Rein in Sarcoma strives to provide quality support and hope for patients and families. Support groups allows for patients and families to find others who can relate to their hardships, and understand what they are going through.

Minnesota Sarcoma and Cancer Support Groups

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RIS 2016 Sarcoma Survivors at Winter Gathering

Rein in Sarcoma (RIS) hosts several events throughout the year in the Twin Cities to support sarcoma patients and loved ones. This include

  • Gatherings” for Sarcoma patients, survivors and loved ones held about every six months at various Twin Cities metro locations. Click here for more information.
    RIS Sarcoma Family Picnic: Attend our annual picnic held for sarcoma patients, survivors and loved ones in conjunction with the annual Rein in Sarcoma event. The next picnic will be held Monday afternoon July 20th at Como Park in St. Paul. Click here for more information.
  • Sign up for the RIS Support Network to keep informed of upcoming events.
  • Annual Sarcoma Family Picnic– Held on the 4th Monday of July  at Como Park,  in St. Paul, Minnesota. The “Picnic” is a  unique opportunity  for sarcoma patients, loved ones and those who have lost someone to sarcoma from throughout the Midwest to seize the afternoon and celebrate what each of our blessing are. Hosted by sarcoma doctors and researchers from Children’s Hospitals, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota the picnic is provided free of charge as a program of RIS. To learn about this years picnic on July 25, click here.

Gilda’s Club – Twin Cities:
Gilda’s Club Twin Cities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, a network of more than 54 supportive, free, and welcoming “clubhouses” where everyone living with cancer can come for social, emotional, and psychological support. Clubs are healing environments where individuals learn from each other with guidance from licensed professionals.
Twin Cities Club: 612-227-2147
National Gilda’s Club (Cancer Support Community): http://www.gildasclub.com/

Brighter Days Grief Center:
Brighter Days Grief Center is a newly established Nonprofit organization serving individuals anticipating or enduring the death of a beloved family member. Mission: To provide a private and compassionate space for individuals anticipating or enduring the death of a family member; to offer access to professional resources; and to instill hope by providing connection to others through peer-based events and activities. 8925 Aztec Dr, Suite #1, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Appointments: 952-303-3873

 

National Support Groups and Networks:

Many of the sarcoma centers have sarcoma specific support groups. If you do seek treatment in or live in any of these areas, look into other more general cancer support groups in your community. Also, do not minimize the impact that an online support group may offer (especially for people in rural areas). There are also special support groups for loved ones and parents of children with sarcoma.

Cancer Support Groups & Information. To find to sarcoma related mailing lists, type “sarcoma” next to mailing list searches. At the time of this publication, there are eight sarcoma related mailing lists.

  • Adult Bone Cancer Survivors
    This site is dedicated to bone cancer survivors (primarily sarcoma) by sharing survival stories to give readers hope, and by communicating through their ABC Café support forum.
  • Peer-to-Peer Network of the Sarcoma Alliance
    The mission of the Sarcoma Alliance Peer-to-Peer Network is to facilitate positive relationships between individuals affected by sarcoma so that they may find emotional support, encouragement and information. The Peer-to-Peer Network consists of individuals affected by sarcoma – survivors, caregivers and loved ones – who wish to correspond with others in the sarcoma community. Sarcoma Alliance staff are available to help participants experience positive matches and to update their participation when needs evolve.
  • Chemo Angels Support Network
    Chemo Angels is a volunteer organization dedicated to adding a ray of sunshine to the lives of those undergoing IV chemo treatment. We believe people going through the physical, emotional and mental rigors of chemotherapy deserve some encouragement. Many of our Chemo Angel volunteers are cancer survivors themselves, or people whose lives have been affected by cancer in some way. Our common denominator is a desire to brighten the lives of cancer patients while they are going through this challenging time.
  • CaringBridge

Based in Minnesota but offered nationwide Caringbridge offers free, easy-to-create websites that help connect friends and family when they need it most. You or a loved one can create your own CaringBridge website.

The Sarcoma Sunflower Brigade Members share their journeys, experiences and offer caring support. They March together creating awareness, sharing knowledge and advocating for patients, survivors and caregivers!  If you are interested in joining a highly respected Facebook Support Group request to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/sarcomasunflowerbrigade/