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.
We Have Moved To a New Location!
We have some exciting news to share with you. As of Thursday, August 1, OSF HealthCare Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center has relocated to the Patricia D. Pepe Center for Cancer Care, located at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St.
This move was made with you in mind. Guests will now be able to access OSF Healing Pathways more easily with all programs and services located on the first floor of the cancer center. In addition, there is valet service available at the main entrance of the center. And our services remain free for all guests and their loved ones, not only patients of OSF HealthCare.
OSF Healing Pathways is committed to serving people with the greatest care and love when they need it most. Our Mission Partners and volunteers look forward to working with our guests and eventually expanding our offerings through education, inspiration and complementary therapies.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Mullen, program coordinator, at (815) 977-4969 or Amy.E.Mullen@osfhealthcare.org
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 seasonal Program Guide below.
Lunch & Learn: Understanding Oncology Massage
Tuesday, August 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join us for an informative session on Oncology Massage Therapy, the adaptation of massage to safely nurture the body, mind and spirit of anyone diagnosed with cancer. Facilitated by Kathy Moehling RN, ND, LCPC, LMT, HTCP, HWNC-BC.
Cancer Survivorship Series
1st 4 Wednesdays in May from 11:00 a.m. – Noon.
Cancer Treatment is done…Now what? The Cancer Survivorship Series is a new program offered at OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center! This four-part series is a helpful resource that will be offered quarterly during the months of February, May, August and November. 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 Health & Life Coaching
Tuesday, August 27th and Wednesday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Cancer can be unnerving, emotionally devastating, and disruptive to almost any balance and routine in our lives. Coaching can encourage us to search out what gives us meaning. Facilitated by Kathy Moehling RN, ND, LCPC, LMT, HTCP, HWNC-BC.
Lunch & Learn: Grief and the Cancer Journey
Wednesday, September 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join us for an informative session on some of the ways that grief interacts with the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and navigating life changes that cancer can bring. Lunch will be provided. Facilitated by Andrew Vitale, CT.
Mindfulness in the Center for Cancer Care Healing Garden
Tuesday, September 10th, 17th and 24th from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us by taking a break from the noise of life to take a pause and exercise the practice of being mindful of the present moment in our OSF Center for Cancer Care Healing Garden. Facilitated by Andrew Vitale, CT.
The Beauty in You
Wednesday, September 18th from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Beauty in You is a program designed for women who are undergoing cancer treatment and experiencing some of the physical side effects that come from the treatment journey. Created by Licensed Cosmetologist and Hair Loss Consultant, Cindy Genrich, this program will provide education on skin care, hair replacements, turbans, scarfs, hats and other creative ideas and resources to help you navigate this time of change. Light refreshments will be provided and registration is required.
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 & New Location
Our hours are Tuesday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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