JUNE '20
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And we're off! Campers are all set to begin their summer of writing letters to others who share in their experience with cancer in their family.
We also have some amazing volunteers joining in the fun. The thoughtfulness, creativity, and heart poured into these letters is incredible. We can't wait to send these letters out to our campers.
Are you interested in participating?
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Virtual Camp Sparkle starts next month! 

And we are ready! Make sure your kids are signed up. All registered families will receive information about our online camp activities.

These are some of the fun activities we are offering, including drama, cook-along, open mic nights, song writing, and more!

Giving Teens a Voice
Since 2006, we have received over 5,000 essays from teens about the cancer diagnosis of family members, teachers,  friends, and their own cancer experiences. This year alone, we received over 750 essays from 47 states. 
When asked, "how would you explain the importance of this contest to others?", one teen responded:
"This was a really important contest for me to finally be able to articulate some of my emotions that had just accumulated all of my life, and becoming vulnerable by reading my essay out loud definitely helped me grow as a person. 
I also think it's an exceptional way to know that while everyone's experience with cancer is unique, we can all come together and share the common thread of cancer affecting our lives somehow. This also inspired me to sign up for an online Cancer Biology course at Johns Hopkins University." 

Our weekly mindfulness group, Mindful Moments, has started with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Each week, group members are introduced to a new mindfulness technique and have an opportunity to practice together. Some techniques we have touched on so far have included non-judgment, 4-6-8 breathing, developing 'wise-mind', and loving-kindness.

Last week, we were excited to host a guest instructor, John Heckel, from Music Works Northwest, who taught us how to incorporate music into our mindfulness practice. We recommend this article from GoodTherapy.org explaining how mindful music listening helps reduce stress and anxiety. 

This group is facilitated by Jana Mastrogiovanni. If you are interested in joining our ‘Mindful Moments’ group, click here to register

You are not alone. At Cancer Pathways, we face cancer together.

We offer a variety of groups and wellness classes for patients, family members and friends. And all of our support activities are offered online during this pandemic. 

Living with Cancer: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Bereavement: Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm
Loved Ones: Every Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
Mindfulness-based Art Therapy: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00pm
Mindful Moments: Every Monday, 10:00-10:30am
Families Living with Cancer: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
Family Grief: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
Lung Cancer: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Workplace Support: 1st Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm
Gentle Yoga Class: Every Friday (online), 12-12:45pm

Zoom links and instructions will be provided to all registered participants. Group facilitators are able to help with online technology when needed. Learn more about joining a Zoom meeting here.
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We would appreciate your feedback.
Cancer Pathways invites you to participate in our brief online support group survey. This feedback will help us determine future programming and how to best meet the needs of our community.
Speaker Series

Presented by Julie Gralow, M.D.,
Director of Breast Medical Oncology at UW School of Medicine
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Coming soon...

Living with Lung Cancer During COVID-19
    Thursday, July 23rd from 7:00-8:00pm
    Presented by Dr. Morhaf Al Achkar, M.D.,
    Assistant Professor at UW School of Medicine

Myths & Tips: Talking with your Kids About Cancer
    September, 2020 (time tba)
    Presented by Maddie Ritter, MSW, LICSW,
    Oncology Social Worker, Program Manager at Cancer Pathways.
Community Education is provided at no cost and takes place on the easy-to-use Zoom virtual platform. Time is allotted for questions at the end. Registration is required - to register for one of our upcoming presentations, please click here. For questions or more information about these presentations, please email Sophie.
Cancer Happens® Teen Education Webinar

Cancer Pathways 'Enrich the Health of Your Students' webinar shares information about how to most effectively implement our proven curriculum at schools and within community organizations.

We covered the importance of cancer and risk reduction education designed for youth as well as general cancer knowledge. Participants were able to preview the Cancer Happens® online course and view all materials. 

If you were unable to make the live event, that is okay! We recorded the event and posted in our webinar library; click the link below to view online. 
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As we wrap up the spring semester for students and teachers, we are preparing for our wave of summer online learners. Our eLearning course and materials are available throughout the summer for those that need to make up credit or have decided to take additional courses. Cancer Happens® is provided at no cost to middle schools, high schools and community organizations. To register, click here or email Program Manager Jana Mastrogiovanni.
Support Cancer Pathways' education and support programs, provided at no cost to kids, teens, and adults touched by cancer.
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