December 31, 2015

Family Cancer Support Program

Family Cancer Support Program

Family Support Groups

Children's Art Therapy Group
This support group provides a safe space for children to identify and express their emotions, thoughts and questions related to cancer. The program is available to children who have a family member with cancer or who have recently lost a family member to cancer. Children participate in an art therapy project lead by a licensed clinician. Appropriate for children ages 5-12. Groups meets once a week for six weeks. The next offering will begin in September 2019. Kids group meets at the same time as the Parent Networking Group.

View our Children's Art Therapy Groups Flyer

Parent Networking Group
This emotional support group offers a space for parents to share and discuss the challenges they face when cancer is in the family. The goal is to normalize the struggles of cancer and provide emotional support. This group is facilitated by a licensed clinician. Appropriate for any parent with children under the age of 18 and currently dealing with cancer in the family. This groups meets once a week for six weeks. The next group offering will be September 2019. Parent group meets at same time as Children's Art Group.

View our Parent Support Groups Flyer

For more information on Family Support Groups or to register contact Maddie Ritter at 206-709-1400 or

Upcoming session dates: Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm. September 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th, and 16th. 

Special Events

Cancer Pathways hosts fun family social events throughout the year, including a Halloween Carnival, Holiday event, and Spring Carnival open to the general public.

Save the Date: Halloween Party!

View our Halloween Party Flyer
Annual Halloween party for families impacted by cancer. Games, crafts, light food and beverage and a costume fashion show! Don't forget your favorite Halloween costume.
Sunday, October 13th from 3:00-5:00pm
1400 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Camp Sparkle

Camp Sparkle is is free, week long day camp for children ages 6-12 who have a loved one with cancer or have cancer themselves. Our mission is to ensure no family has to face cancer alone. Camp is offered in four locations- Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bellevue. At Camp, kids experience music, art, crafts, games, exercise, theater, therapy dogs, field trips and much more! Visit our Camp Sparkle page for more information.

Social Worker Consultations

Our Family Social Worker, Maddie Ritter, is available for emotional support and need assessments for families impacted by cancer. Have questions about how to tell your kids about a new diagnosis? Or ways to support your family through cancer? She is available by phone or in-person for help with specific issues, ideas for improved family communication, supportive listening, advice on hard conversations, recommendations for additional support services and more. Please call 207-709-1400 to schedule a consultation.