Survivor JourneysTM One-To-One Mentoring 

  • Providing one-on-one support to Adult Cancer Survivors, and Adult Caregivers of Cancer Survivors
  • Have you had cancer or been a caregiver for a cancer patient? Interested in becoming a mentor? Or, are you a cancer patient or caregiver looking for the support of a mentor who has experienced your current situation?
  • Email survivorshipprogram@gmail.com or call 413-276-6100.

Any Cancer Support Group

  • When: Every second Wednesday of the month

  • Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Facilitators: Nancy Woodman (colon cancer survivor) & Amy Cooper, LCSW (a Medical Social Worker) 
  • NEW Any Cancer Support Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.

Spanish-Speaking Any Cancer Support Group 

  • When: Meets every first Wednesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Facilitator: Millie Culver, MSW
  • NEW Spanish-Speaking Any Cancer Support Group Attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.

 

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Millie Culver, MSW
Millie Culver, MSW
Millie has been a practicing social worker for 25 years, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has practiced social work in Peru, South America, as well as in the United States, and is passionate about helping others through her work. 
Now a resident of Western Massachusetts, Millie works as the Oncology Social Worker for Sister Caritas Cancer Center, affiliated with Mercy Medical Center. In addition, she has studied at Westfield State University, and has a strong connection to the Western Massachusetts community.
Millie is looking forward to sharing and applying her social work experience with cancer patients and survivors, and is honored to facilitate the first Spanish-speaking Support Group for Survivor Journeys™.

Breast Cancer Support Group

  • When: Every fourth Monday of the month
  • Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Facilitators: Eileen Krueger, LCSW, and Amanda Perdue, MEd, B.Sc., PSY
  • NEW Breast Cancer Support Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.
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Eileen Krueger, LCSW
Eileen Krueger, LCSW

Eileen Krueger is an LCSW employed at the Bennett Cancer Center, located at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. As a member of the Cancer Support Services team, she provides clinical social work, psychosocial evaluation, assessment, counseling, and resource referrals to oncology patients and their caregivers.

She is a graduate of the Spalding University MSW program and volunteers as a peer navigator at the Friend For Life Cancer Support Network, both located in Louisville, KY.

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Amanda Perdue, MEd, B.Sc., PSY
Amanda Perdue, MEd, B.Sc., PSY

Amanda Perdue is a 7 year breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at the age of 28.  Before breast cancer, Amanda was a high school physical education, health education, and special education teacher.  After her diagnosis, Amanda has had the honor working with agencies and recently diagnosed breast cancer survivors, helping each survivor to navigate their diagnosis, treatment, and picking up the pieces.  She has had opportunities to lobby for breast cancer in Washington D.C. and local legislatures, and serving as an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Graduating from Wesley College with a Bachelor’s of Science and Wilmington University with a Master’s in Leadership and Administration, Amanda likes to incorporate the holistic approach when facilitating and supporting survivors- looking at each survivor and healing process as a whole. She looks forward to helping women survive and thrive and celebrating their victories.


Blood Cancer Support Group

  • When: Meets every first Thursday of the month
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Facilitators: Kara Sawyer, NP, and Jay Burton, DO
  • ​Sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • NEW Blood Cancer Support Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.
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Kara Sawyer, NP
Kara Sawyer, NP

Kara is a primary care nurse practitioner with Springfield Medical Associates in Enfield, CT. At age 23, she was diagnosed with T cell leukemia/lymphoma and underwent a stem cell transplant in January 2011. As a cancer survivor with a career in health care, she is passionate about giving back, sharing knowledge and experiences, and offering a listening ear to survivors at all stages of their cancer journey. Prior to joining Survivor Journeys, Kara was a blood cancer group co-facilitator with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in Natick, MA.

Kara is a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor's in Science in Health Policy in Management and Northeastern University with a Bachelor's of Science & Master's of Science in Nursing.


Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

  • When: Meets every third Wednesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Facilitators: Heather A. Oliphant, LICSW (an Oncology Social Worker)
  • NEW Head and Neck Cancer Support Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.

Caregiver Support Group

  • When: Meets every fourth Thursday of the month
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Facilitators: Cindy Lawlor, LICSW and Louise Sawer (both experienced caregivers)
  • For those interested in participating remotely from home, please register online at survivorjourneys.org & indicate in message that you'd like to participate remotely.
  • NEW Caregiver Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.
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Cindy Lawlor, LICSW
Cindy Lawlor, LICSW

Cindy is a primary care social worker in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She works frequently with caregivers, assisting them with the all encompassing impact caused by a decline in a loved one's health.

Cindy is an experienced cancer caregiver, having a child diagnosed with cancer during adolescence. Her son's cancer journey inspires her to help others walking a similar path.

Cindy is a graduate of the Boston College School of Social Work.


Moms with Cancer Support Group (beginning May, 2021)

  • When: Meets every fourth Wednesday of the month
  • Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Monthly support group for moms diagnosed with any type of cancer.
  • Facilitators: Paula Euber, M.Ed, CRC, LRC, RN (a mom and a breast cancer survivor) and Kamie Thornton (a mom and an ovarian cancer survivor)
  • For those interested in participating remotely from home, please register online at survivorjourneys.org & indicate in message that you'd like to participate remotely.
  • NEW Moms with Cancer Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.
  • NOTE: We are open to exploring other times if this window does not work well for those interested – please reach out by email at survivorshipprogram@gmail.com or call 413-276-6100 with other suggested times. 


"What Do You Do When…" Cancer Support Group (beginning May, 2021)

  • When: Meets every third Monday of the month
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Where: Remote, online via Zoom.
  • Monthly support group to help answer questions about how to manage everyday life as a cancer survivor.
  • Facilitator: Charlene Potts, PT, MS, CRC (an ovarian and liver cancer survivor)
  • For those interested in participating remotely from home, please register online at survivorjourneys.org & indicate in message that you'd like to participate remotely.
  • NEW "What Do You Do When…" Cancer Group attendees will need to register by emailing or by calling 413-276-6100.
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Charlene Potts, PT, MS, CRC
Charlene Potts, PT, MS, CRC

Charlene Potts joined the Survivor Journeys Team in March 2021. Charlene’s career has evolved over the years. She has worked as a Pediatric Physical Therapist with children and their families in hospitals, research for the MDA, early intervention and the local school systems. She returned to college, did her thesis on “Differences in Interests and Self-Concept across Vocational Identity in Adolescents” and earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College in 2012. She has served students and adults in various capacities in the community. Charlene for years managed their small Moonbeam Miniature Farm while her and her husband raised a family. Charlene has a passion for Miniature horses, Icelandic horses, water exercise, sewing, quilting, knitting, new recipes, reading, conversations with people and small adventures. Charlene with her faith, the support of her family and friends has survived Ovarian Cancer in 2013 and recently Liver Cancer in September 2019. Charlene comes to Survivor Journeys to continue her life long journey learning and sharing her life as a cancer survivor with other cancer survivors and their families.


Prostate Cancer Support Group (in development)

  • Monthly support group for prostate cancer survivors
  • For those interested in participating remotely from home, please ​​​​​​email or call 413-276-6100.

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