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Local Resources


Free Local Support Groups (in alphabetical order):

American Cancer Society Support Groups: I Can Cope, Reach to Recovery, Man to Man, Look Good Feel Better

Call the local ACS chapter to get information on when and where the groups meet.

Blood & Marrow Support Group at Shands@UF

Meets the 1st Friday of each month, 12 p.m. at Shands/UF Cancer

Hospital, 7th Fl, BMTU, #7011. 352-265-0224 x29508, Gale Smith,

LCSW, smithgm@shands.ufl.edu

Brain Tumor Education and Support Group at Shands@UF

Open to all patients, survivors, family and friends. Lunch included;

RSVP requested. Meets monthly; call for schedule.

352-273-9000, john.jordan@neurosurgery.ufl.edu

Breast Cancer Support Group

Meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 7–9 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue

386-418-3737, Nancy Mackintosh

Healing Touch Cancer Patients Spiritual Support Group

Open to patients and survivors of all cancers. The bible is referred

to for guidance. Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue

352-331-2960, Marci Corey

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Blood Cancers Support Group

meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open to

patients and family regardless of where patients receive treatment.

The Community Room in the Cancer Center at

North Florida Regional Medical Center-Gainesville,

6420 W. Newberry Road (see Cancergainesville.com for directions)

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 6–7:30 p.m. at the

D’Acosta House, 703 N.E. 1st Street.

352-265-0224 x29508, Gale Smith, smithgm@shands.ufl.edu

Moving Forward
Cancer support group for patients and caregivers, 1st Tuesday of each month, 3-4:30 p.m. 
Contact Gwen Carriere, ARNP for more information
(352) 333-4511 or (352)514-5960
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Cancer Center
6420 Newberry Road
Gainesville, FL 32605

For Bereavement Support Groups, contact:

Catholic Charities Bureau (352) 372-0294

Compassionate Friends (352) 373-1129

Haven Hospice (352) 378-2121

Community Connections

Cancer Connections

The purpose of the meetings is to bring cancer specialists

together for networking purposes, and to help educate both

healthcare professionals and patients about the services available

in our area. Meets one Wednesday a month at the Hope Lodge

conference room at noon. The meetings are open to patients,

survivors, caregivers and all healthcare professionals who treat

them. Each month a speaker gives a presentation on some facet

of cancer care. A healthy lunch is provided. For meeting dates

and topics: 352-377-4427, Barb Thomas, bnbbarb@aol.com

Sisters Network, Inc. (SN)

SN seeks to bring awareness to the impact of breast cancer in

the African-American community. All chapters are run by breast

cancer survivors. NE Florida Chapter is in Jacksonville.

904-757-6622; www.sistersnetworkinc.org

Criser Cancer Resource Center (https://ufhealth.org/cancer-resource-center)

The center provides patients and families a relaxing and supportive environment where they can use computers with free internet access, find up-to-date information about treatment and recovery. Experience staff with backgrouns in oncology, social work, psychology, creative arts and holistic healing, engage patients and families in a variety of free educational opportunities and support services including: dance, yoga, and meditation.

​Monday-Friday 9 am -5 pm
Phone: 352-733-0881
For a list of programs and events, please stop by the Cancer Resource Center or 
visit the UF Health Community Calendar.


Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine

Low cost clinic offers acupuncture and various modalities for the

relief of the side effects of cancer treatments such as nausea

and fatigue, and help in rebuilding the immune system. Please call

to set up an appointment. 352-371-2833 ext. 21

Joseph J. Williams, AP, DOM

Sunshine Integrative Health

5200 W. Newberry Rd, Suite D4

Gainesville, FL 32607



Andrew Ali Hamm, AP

The Acupuncture Center

7328 W. University Ave, Ste F

Gainesville, FL 32607


Beth Karbe, AP 

Acupuncture Center

1810 NW 6th Street, Suite D

Gainesville, Florida 32609



Nutrition Therapy Associates

2630 NW 41st St, Suite D3

Gainesville, Florida 32606


Dr. Karin Kratina, RD, LD/N

Physical Therapy and Physical Well-Being 

Cancer Fatigue and Recover Program 

ReQuest Physical Therapy

4820 Newberry Road

Gainesville, FL 32607


A free four-week cancer fitness program for those undergoing

treatment and those that have completed treatment with a

physician referral. Use fitness to battle cancer-related fatigue,

improve your strength, experience a renewed feeling of

empowerment, and live a longer life—free from cancer. To make

an appointment for orientation: 352-377-4955, Debbie Lee

Team Survivor of North Florida (TS)

TS fosters and promotes exercise opportunities for women

affected by cancer.

352-505-5413; northflorida@teamsurvivor.org;


Bras, Prostheses, Scarves, Wigs, Hairpieces


Especially for Women

6781 West Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL 32605-4312

(352) 332-9095

The Pink Door

A boutique environment offering prostheses, mastectomy bras,

specially designed sleepwear, loungewear, active wear, camisoles,

swimwear, wigs, turbans, scarves and more. Palatka.

386-328-9424; www.pinkdoor.org


Cleaning Services


CLEANING FOR A REASON (www.cleaningforareason.org) will provide

FREE Housecleanng - 1 time per month for 4 months - to any woman

currently undergoing Chemo for Breast cancer. All she has to do is

sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.

Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip

code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire

USA and currently has 547 partners to help.


Food Service/Preparation

Chef Ami 
More than meal kit grocery delivery! Chef Ami delivers easy to follow recipes & fresh
pre-measured local ingredients to your door in Gainesville each week!
(352) 363-1108

EAT the 80
Eat the 80 is a healthy meal delivery service that makes handcrafted gourmet chef-inspired meals
to fill your fridge with healthy, fresh, local food each week.
 6th St, Gainesville FL
(352) 234-3408

Blue Apron

Hello Fresh

Haven Hospice

Haven Hospice offers Patient and Family Care at home, in nursing

homes, in hospitals and at their care centers, helping patients to

manage their symptoms and giving families/caregivers needed

resources and assistance.

800-727-1889; www.havenhospice.org

PAWS: Pets Are Wonderful Support

A student volunteer organization in UF’s College of Veterinary

Medicine that aims to improve the quality of life for low income

Alachua County residents suffering from terminal or disabling

disease by offering free veterinary care. Call for eligibility.

352-392-2213 ext 5494; www.vetmed.ufl.edu/clubs/paws