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 seasonal Program Guide below.
Seasons of Life – Vision Boards
Wednesday, April 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Vision Boards help us to look towards the future and the new season with hope and expectation for the good things that will enter our lives in this next chapter before us. Join us as we creatively compile our own personal vision boards that will help us to transition into this next season of life with joy, hope and inspiration. Feel free to bring magazines or images clipped out of magazines that bring you joy such as peaceful scenes from nature, bright colors, hobbies that you enjoy, or words of encouragement that you may want to include in your vision board. Program will be facilitated by Amy Mullen & Angela Larson.
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. View attached Cancer Survivorship Series Brochure for more information. This brochure can be printed and shared.
Returning to the Workforce After Disability
Tuesday, May 28th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Navigating the process of returning to the workforce after being on disability can be a daunting undertaking on your own. Join us as professionals from a RAMP Center for Independent Living share information about resources and programs that can be of assistance to you during this time of transition. Registration is required.
The Beauty in You
Wednesday, June 5th from 1:00 – 3:00 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.
Understanding Health & Life Coaching for Support During Your Cancer Journey
Tuesday, June 11th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Attend this session to learn more about the benefits of having a Health & Life Coach and to come to an understanding of how the coaching process works on both an individual basis and in a group setting. Program will be facilitated by Kathy Moehling, RN, ND, LCPC, LMT, HTCP, HWNC-BC. Lunch will be provided and registration is required.
Exploring the Spirituality of Suffering
Wednesday, June 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We all know that navigating through suffering that we encounter in the human experience can be a very difficult and confusing time. Join us as some of our OSF HealthCare St. Anthony Medical Center Chaplains shed light on how we can find meaning in our suffering through the exploration of the spirituality and theology of suffering. Program will be facilitated by OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Chaplains Rene Escalante and Deacon Armando Regalado. Lunch will be provided and registration is required.
Group Drum Circle
Tuesday, June 25th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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. Please bring your own drum or percussion item if you have one. 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 voice to create a rhythm experience. Facilitated by Bethany Stiltner of Rhythm Voice: Drumming for Wellness and Community. Space is limited. Registration is required and we will accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 Tuesday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
We're located at:
5668 E. State Street, Suite 2700
Rockford, IL 61108
Phone: (815) 977-4123
Fax: (815) 977-5513