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.
September Program Highlight!
Look Good, Feel Better
Monday, September 24th, 2018 2:00pm-4:00pm
OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center
Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical public service support program that helps people with cancer deal with the appearance side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal. The program is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment. Please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for registration information.
Lunch & Learn: Creative Ideas for Coping with Grief and Loss
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 11:00am-1:00pm
OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center
Grief and loss are complex forms of suffering and heartache that can be incredibly difficult to navigate on your own. A grieving person may not know the words, or the words do not exist, to adequately express the deep emotion of grief. Turning to other means of expressing grief can help to lift a grieving person’s spirits in the midst of loss and tragedy. Join us for a lunch & learn to explore Creative Ideas for Coping with Grief and Loss. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. Our facilitator will be Andrew Vitale, CT from Northern Illinois Hospice. Call 815-977-4123 to register.
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