OSF Healing Pathways
Cancer Resource Center
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.
Cancer Survivorship Series
Wednesdays in November from 11am-12pm
Cancer Treatment is done…Now what? The Cancer Survivorship Series is launching at OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center this November! This four-part series is a helpful resource that will be offered quarterly during the months of November, February, May and August. Covering important survivorship topics such as the Late Effects of Cancer Treatment, Dealing with Fear of Recurrence, Nutrition & Exercise, and Stress Management, this series is offered at no cost to any person in our community who has been touched by cancer, including both survivors and caregivers.
Come join us and be equipped with the knowledge and resources that you need to not only maintain your survivorship, but to truly thrive. These four sessions will educate, inform and empower you to be proactive about managing your health and moving forward after completing treatment. Refreshments will be served at each session. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Call OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center at 815-977-4123 to inquire about dates and to register.
Group Drum Circle
Tuesday, November 27th 6:00pm-7:00pm
This will be a drumming good time! Experience the fun, the connection, the music, the movement, and the power of sound. No prior musical experience necessary. Through interactive facilitation and drumming, you will be part of group music making. We will use hand drums, shakers, chime sounds, wood percussion, and maybe even our voices to create a rhythm experience. Please bring your own drum or percussion item if you have one. Facilitated by Bethany Stiltner of Rhythm Voice: Drumming for Wellness and Community. Space is limited. Registration is required and we will accept resigrations on a first come, first served basis. Call 815-977-4123 to register.
Sound Immersion with Tibetan Singing Bowls
Wednesday, November 14th 6:00pm-7:30pm
You are invited to join us for a cultural immersion experience using Tibetan singing bowls. In some cultures, singing bowls are used for “sound massage” to relieve stress and to promote relaxation and recollection. Our session will include a brief explanation of the bowls and a “sound immersion.” Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or blanket. Facilitated by Tami & Ben Bogard. Pre-registration is required.
Upcoming Lunch & Learns
October: All Hallows Eve “Fall-Themed” Healthy Cooking
Wednesday, October 31st 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us as we make our own “Fall-themed” Lunch on Halloween using just a blender, an instant pot and a food processor. The menu will consist of Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup, a homemade Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette over Leafy Greens, and Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothies. Session will be facilitated by Amy Mullen. Space is limited. Registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 815-977-4123 to register.
November: All You Need to Know About the LIVESTRONG Program
Tuesday, November 13th 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us for lunch as we take time to learn about the benefits of participating in the LIVESTRONG Program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free program tailored to meet the specific needs of adult cancer survivors who would like to improve and reclaim their health before, during, and after treatment. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants meet twice a week in small groups to exercise, enhance functional ability, and improve energy levels. This session will cover program details and will include a participant testimonial. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. To register, please call 815-977-4123. Program will be facilitated by LIVESTRONG Program Manager, Kathleen Hedrick.
December: Make & Take Skincare Products - Preparing for Winter Skin
Wednesday, December 5th 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us for lunch as we prepare for winter by making homemade moisturizing lip balm and luxurious hand lotion using natural, safe ingredients and essential oils. Enjoy this social gathering while learning how you can make them on your own skincare products at home. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. To register, please call 815-977-4123. Program will be facilitated by Amy Mullen.
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