OSF Healing Pathways
At OSF Healing Pathways, we are a community of caregivers committed to helping cancer patients, survivors and their families live better during, and after, cancer treatment. We provide a welcoming environment to participate in programs and classes, utilize needed resources or drop in for friendship and support. Our services are free for all our guests, not only patients of OSF HealthCare.
We empower you, whether you are a cancer patient or a survivor, by providing resources and support to help cope with the disease and improve your overall quality of life.
OSF Healing Pathways is committed to serving people with the greatest care and love when they need it most. Through education, inspiration and complementary therapies, we encourage you to discover your own healing pathways. Consider us your partner in your journey to wellness and healing. With us, you will find comfort, support and relaxation among a community of people who are facing many of the same challenges that cancer brings to your life.
OSF Healing Pathways serves individuals with all types of cancer and their families, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or religion.
As a new guest to OSF Healing Pathways, please print and complete the two forms below. Then submit your forms in the manner of your choice (submit in person or by US mail, or Fax: (815) 977-5513).
Our vision is to provide the region with a full-service cancer resource center, known for its staff and program excellence. By offering services to complement and support traditional medical treatment, we strive to be a valuable referral source for the psycho-social needs of cancer patients and survivors. In addition, we envision partnering with other cancer service organizations to provide a welcoming, non-clinical setting for their programs, speakers and networking groups.
OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center was founded by Loves Park, Illinois, native Linda Huffman Jones. As a leukemia patient, Jones experienced the benefits of a cancer resource center while living in the Chicago suburbs, and she set about establishing one when she returned to the Rockford area.
In 2007, Jones assembled a group of cancer survivors, health professionals and community activists to explore the possibility of a Rockford area cancer wellness center.
The group took inventory of the services currently available, conducted focus-group studies, visited five Illinois cancer wellness centers, interviewed health professionals and toured local oncology clinics and hospital units.
Their research led the team to believe there was a real need for such a center in the region. The center opened its doors April 13, 2010.
Our programs are designed to help you live better and feel better during cancer treatment and into survivorship.
We also provide programs for caregivers, including a program specifically designed for children of cancer patients.
The teachers and practitioners who provide our programs are all trained, certified and experienced in their field.
To view our program schedule and class descriptions, check out our events calendar.
OSF Healing Pathways has revamped both our Men's Support Group and the Caregiver's Support Group. Both of these programs will launch on Tuesday, July 10th and will include six 90 minute sessions on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm-5pm. Please read the brief biography's of our support group facilitators below. Call 815-977-4123 for more information or to register.
Caregiver's Support Group facilitator - Julia Gordon, LCSW
Julia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received both her master’s degree (MSW) and bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. (She is quick to add that she had Loyola Rambler spirit even before the NCAA tournament.) Julia is closing in on 20 years of helping families and individuals make the best of the challenges and difficulties of daily life; first as a caseworker and then as a therapist. Currently, Julia is in private practice (JC Gordon Counseling). In her spare time Julia enjoys musicals, refinishing furniture and, after a many year hiatus, playing piano.
Julia is honored to be a part of OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center as a program facilitator. Like many of us, Julia was thrust into the role of caregiver. This experience created a passion for helping others navigate the joys and challenges of caregiving. Julia’s favorite quote that illustrates the universal importance of caregiving is by Rosalynn Carter, "There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." In the spirit of this quote, Julia strives to bring the very best resources, tools and support that caregivers need. Most recently, she has completed certificate programs on both Grief Support and End of Life Compassionate Care from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Men's Support Group Facilitator - Andrew Vitale, CT
Andrew is certified in thanatology (the study of death, dying and bereavement) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He currently is bereavement coordinator-spiritual counselor at Northern Illinois Hospice in Rockford, Illinois. He is a published author, a member of a medical ethics board, and a member of the steering committee for the International Death, Grief and Bereavement conference held annually at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Andrew has over 25 years of experience in presenting and facilitating groups, both large and small, on the international, national, state and local levels. He is a mindfulness-based practitioner and uses several creative approaches in working through grief and loss issues. He has been a healthcare advocate and is a POLST-trained facilitator in helping people begin the conversation about end-of-life wishes. He enjoys facilitating groups and is looking forward to collaborating with OSF Healing Pathways on this endeavor.
How to Help
Our volunteers who make it possible to provide the programs and services we offer our guests.
To learn about volunteer activities and to apply to be a volunteer, please Become A Volunteer.
To donate, please visit the OSF Foundation.
Hours & Location
Our hours are Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; some programs are provided on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings of each month – see our Program calendar.
We're located at:
5668 E. State Street, Suite 2700
Rockford, IL 61108
Phone: (815) 977-4123
Fax: (815) 977-5513