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.
Cancer Survivorship Series
Wednesdays in February from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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.
C.A.R.E.giver's Support Group
A 6-Session Group offered on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Support Group runs Wednesday, March 6th - Wednesday, April 10th
Built from the acronym C.A.R.E: Care. Advocate. Resource. Educational. Caregivers will learn about the ABC's of Caregiving, promote awareness of self-care, develop and enhance communication skilss, identify and improve their support system, advocate on behalf of the care care receiver, and expect the best, but prepare for a range of outcomes. Caregivers will benefit by learning coping skills and strategies, techniques to manage stress, and sharing in the comfort that others are experiencing similar issues. This support group consists of six 90 minute sessions occurring weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Facilitated by Julia Gordon, LCSW.
Defining Your Purpose Series
An 8-Session Series offered on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Series runs Tuesday, March 5th - Tuesday, April 23rd
Getting clear on your purpose allows you to live in freedom from a place of being rooted and grounded in your true identity and calling. People who find their purpose and live mindfully from that purpose tend to feel gratified that they are focused on what they feel most passionately about. Join us for this eight-session series that will encourage you to come to know yourself more deeply and to live more intentionally. Facilitated by Steve Lowery.
Upcoming Lunch & Learns
Aromatherapy for People with Cancer
Tuesday, January 29th 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Explore the world of aromatherapy for relaxation, stress reduction, and for specific symptoms. The class will cover information about what aromatherapy is, how essential oils are made and how they work, how to use essential oils safely, and what specific aromas can be helpful for specific symptoms. I will include samples of foods/herbs that have aromatherapy potential -- but will not use essential oil samples in the class--in case some people might have a sensitivity to specific oils. Facilitated by Kathy Moehling, RN, ND, LCPC, LMT, HTCP, HWNC-BC. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.
Wednesday, March 20th 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lymphedema refers to the buildup or collection of lymphatic fluid in limbs causing swelling, especially after removal of the lymph nodes. Join us to learn some lifestyle tips for living with and managing lymphedema. Facilitated by an OSF HealthCare Occupational Therapist, Sheryl Cook, OT. Lunch will be provided. 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 & 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