Melanoma Support Groups Around The Country


Melanoma Support Groups


Patient Support Groups

Getting a diagnosis of any kind of “cancer” can be, well frankly, scary. Sometimes, you
just want to talk to someone who has been down a similar path; other times, you just
want to listen.  There are many kinds of skin cancer and no one can predict what any
one person or family is feeling or will go through, but sometimes, people will share
different experiences, about their challenges and triumphs.

There are several support groups around the country run by organizations who share a
common vision of eradicating melanoma! Below is a listing of support groups that we
are aware of. We do not specifically endorse or monitor any of these groups, but want
to share with you potential resources. Please contact them directly for updated information.

If you can’t find a support group in your area, try contacting your local medical center
or nearest academic medical center.  If you can’t make a meeting or can’t find a local
one consider emailing a survivor of an online support group.

Email an uplifting survivor!

Carole Frost Kelley had brain metastases and beat all the odds! frosty3043@aol.com

Online support groups and counseling

CancerCare 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
www.cancercare.org

The Wellness Community
1-888-793-9355
www.thewellnesscommunity.org


CALIFORNIA

BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA
Gail Shealy, RN, NP Tel 909-585-0280

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA
Contact: University of California @ Irvine
Orange, CA
Jennifer Higgins, MSW
Clinical Social Worker
UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
714-456-5235

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Center for Cancer Counseling
Contact: Brandi Donaldson, M.A., MFT
Tel 949-474-4337

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA
Contact: Kenda Kellawan
kenda.kellawan@wellnesscommunityhope.org
Phone: 805-238-4411
Melanoma support program in collaboration with The Wellness Community;
13th Street, Paso Robles, California, 93446.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
monthly meetings @ The SK Institute  www.skinstitute.org
ph: 858-459-3334 Contact: Shelley
email:  info@skinstitute.org

 

FLORIDA

Contact The Richard David Kahn Melanoma Foundation www.melanomafoundation.com

 ILLINOIS
Community Hospital of Ottawa
1100 East Norris Drive
Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-3100
Second Sunday of each month 3pm-4pm


MARYLAND 

Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation

255 Clifton Blvd.
Westminster, MD. 21157
Tel:410-857-4890
e-mail: jmnmf@carr.org
www.melanomaresource.org

 

MASSACHUSETTS

The Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation                                          
sponsors free support groups around the state for melanoma patients and survivors. 
Contact: Joseph Sakelos ,Office Manager
Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation; 66 Commonwealth Ave; Concord, MA 01742
Tel. 1-978-371-5613    Fax: 1-978-371-0109
www.massmelanoma.org

The Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation
66 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord
For information call 800-557-6352.
Kathy Manfield, MSW, Facilitator
Fourth Thursday of the month, 7PM

Dana Farber Medical Center
44 Binney Street, Boston, MA
For information call Mary Lou Hackett, LICSW at 617-632-4134.
Last Thursday of month, 5:30PM.

Cancer House of Hope
946 Plumtree Road; Springfield, MA
Sarah Aasheim, LCSW;  Call 413-323-8652.
Second Tuesday of the month at 5PM.

University Commons
UMASS Memorial Campus;378 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA
Call 800-557-6352.;  Kathy Manfield, MSW, Facilitator           
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7PM.

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Open to MGH patients only
Pre-registration required. Call Julie Berrett,  LICSW, at 617-643-2355.
First and Third Tuesdays 12-1:30 PM
  



NEW JERSEY
Contact Linda Pilkington before attending
732-545-5930 (home number); 908-698-1840 (cell).

 

NEW YORK

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

CCMAC on Long Island has a monthly support group which meets the last
Wednesday of the month- just click on to
www.ccmac.org 

 

PENNSYLVANIA
Melanoma International Foundation
250 Mapleflower Road, Glenmoore  PA  19343
tel/fax: 610-942-3432
Patient & Family Hotline: 1-866-463-6663
Contact: Catherine M Poole, President and Founder
EMAIL: info@melanomaintl.org
WEBSITE: www.melanomaintl.org

 

TEXAS
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Aim at Melanoma (Formerly TheSchlip) – www.aimatmelanoma.org
Contact:  Jean Schlipmann
              TheSchlip@tx.rr.com
              972-307-9325
Jackie Dossjackiedoss@gmail.com – had Stage IV Melanoma and 
coordinators of a  Patient Support Group in Texas..

VIRGINIA
Life with
Cancer Family Center
2832 Juniper St.; Fairfax, VA 22031
Tel 703-776-2841
Contact: Paul Clark, Tel 703-776-8779

www.lifewithcancer.org 
 

UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH:
Melanoma Network;  Cancer Wellness House
59 S 1100 E;  Salt Lake City UT 84102
Contact: Cancer Wellness House Program Office at (801) 236-2294, ext. 11.

WASHINGTON, D.C. 

Email: chairman@ashleyfistercolefoundation.org
Phone: 703-323-4683
Message: Our Foundation funds a melanoma support group
with the Life with Cancer organization (www.lifewithcancer.org)
that facilitates the group in the Washington DC metro area on
the 1st Wednesday of each month.
HELP US FIND OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS! 
If you know of another Melanoma patient support group or if 
any of the information provided here is outdated, please forward
the information to AMF so we can add it to our list above!
www.americanmelanomafoundation.org