with Wendy Miller & Larry Kanter

4:30pm – 6:00pm

  • October 12 and 26
  • November 2 and 16
  • December 7 and 21 

Healing Circles bring together small numbers of people impacted by a condition or circumstance to share experiences and harvest collective wisdom.  Healing Circles is a peer-led process by which people support each other through deep listening and shared learning. When working at its best, this collaborative conversation model leads to authentic and deep connectivity and can create wisdom and healing for participants.  Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600.

About Wendy Miller: Moving here many years ago from the SF Bay Area, my relationship with Commonweal led me to Barbara Smith Coleman. I am proud to have been part of an early group of people with Shanti Norris who met with Barbara to envision the cancer retreats, a healing center, and gallery for Smith Center. Years later when my late husband Gene Cohen was facing metastatic prostate cancer, he went to Commonweal for his cancer retreat.  The gift of community support, reflection, and care guided the choices we made through the many years of living with cancer in our family body. I became a widow in 2009.

Wendy Miller is an expressive arts therapist, artist, and writer living in Kensington Md. In 2016, she published the book, Sky Above Clouds: Finding our way through creativity, aging, and illness, about her life and work with her late husband.  It is a spiritual treatise on love and creativity during life’s major transitions.

About Larry Kanter: My late wife, Alex Todorovich, passed away in 2009 from breast cancer.  My work with the Smith Center began in 2007 when Alex and I attended the Center’s week-long retreat, which marked a turning point in our understanding of what it means to really live, to love life, and to live in the embrace of a healing community.  After Alex’s passing the Center’s Hisaoaka Gallery mounted a show of Alex’s art entitled “How to Leave a Well-Traveled Road” which documented her life, her fears, her loves and the path she chose at its end.

Larry Kanter is a graphic designer living in Washington, DC and is a Smith Center friend and an ardent supporter of Center’s work.

 

Hosted by Critical Mass

Critical Mass Young Adult Cancer Alliance Family Building Town Hall Smith Center

The National Cancer Institute estimates that each year nearly one-quarter of all new cancer diagnosis will impact men and women of reproductive age.  Cancer patients and their providers have a very short window to decide to preserve fertility whether prior to treatment or in between surgery and chemotherapy. In addition, adolescents and young adults face unique barriers.  Many providers do not discuss how cancer treatment will impact their fertility and if they do, they do not always meet strict insurance coverage requirements for coverage. Join Critical Mass for a town hall discussion about how a cancer diagnosis impacts family building options.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Critical Mass

Critical Mass was formed in 2006 as the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance (Alliance), a program of the LIVESTRONG Foundation, built as a volunteer-driven coalition of organizations that included universities and academic medical centers, cancer centers, community hospitals, professional societies, nonprofit/advocacy groups, and liaison members from government agencies such as NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The LIVESTRONG Foundation created the Alliance originally as an implementation body to address the recommendations in the groundbreaking report from the NCI’s Adolescent/Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group in 2006, which was the first major recognition in the United States of young adults between 15-39 years old as a distinct group with unique needs, issues and even biology.

with Jennifer Bires, LICSW

This weekly support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. This group is designed specifically for individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer. The group will also be closed, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month. Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600.

Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Mondays October 16th and 30th
  • Mondays November 13th and 27th
  • Monday, December 11th

Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis.  Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease.  She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.

with Wendy Miller & Larry Kanter

4:30pm – 6:00pm

  • October 12 and 26
  • November 2 and 16
  • December 7 and 21 

Healing Circles bring together small numbers of people impacted by a condition or circumstance to share experiences and harvest collective wisdom.  Healing Circles is a peer-led process by which people support each other through deep listening and shared learning. When working at its best, this collaborative conversation model leads to authentic and deep connectivity and can create wisdom and healing for participants.  Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600.

About Wendy Miller: Moving here many years ago from the SF Bay Area, my relationship with Commonweal led me to Barbara Smith Coleman. I am proud to have been part of an early group of people with Shanti Norris who met with Barbara to envision the cancer retreats, a healing center, and gallery for Smith Center. Years later when my late husband Gene Cohen was facing metastatic prostate cancer, he went to Commonweal for his cancer retreat.  The gift of community support, reflection, and care guided the choices we made through the many years of living with cancer in our family body. I became a widow in 2009.

Wendy Miller is an expressive arts therapist, artist, and writer living in Kensington Md. In 2016, she published the book, Sky Above Clouds: Finding our way through creativity, aging, and illness, about her life and work with her late husband.  It is a spiritual treatise on love and creativity during life’s major transitions.

About Larry Kanter: My late wife, Alex Todorovich, passed away in 2009 from breast cancer.  My work with the Smith Center began in 2007 when Alex and I attended the Center’s week-long retreat, which marked a turning point in our understanding of what it means to really live, to love life, and to live in the embrace of a healing community.  After Alex’s passing the Center’s Hisaoaka Gallery mounted a show of Alex’s art entitled “How to Leave a Well-Traveled Road” which documented her life, her fears, her loves and the path she chose at its end.

Larry Kanter is a graphic designer living in Washington, DC and is a Smith Center friend and an ardent supporter of Center’s work.

 

with Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

Monthly on Sunday, 5:00-6:30pm

  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 3

Meet other young adult cancer survivors and enjoy a light dinner and facilitated group support session. This monthly gathering is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups.*

Thanks to our partners, we are able to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:

Cancer Support Community

GWU Medical Faculty Associates

First Descents

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Howard University Hospital

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Life With Cancer

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Nueva Vida

Stupid Cancer

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

Virginia Hospital Center

Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Young Survival Coalition

In Partnership with George Washingtion University, Georgetown University, and Washington Hospital

Wednesday, October 18 & November 29  6:00 – 7:30pm

Kids Club is designed for children ages 6 to 12 years old with a parent who has been diagnosed with cancer. The group is a safe space for both kids and parents to come together to explore emotions, resilience, and coping with cancer in the family through art activities. Pizza will be provided.

 

with Jennifer Bires, LICSW

This weekly support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. This group is designed specifically for individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer. The group will also be closed, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month. Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600.

Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Mondays October 16th and 30th
  • Mondays November 13th and 27th
  • Monday, December 11th

Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis.  Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease.  She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.

with Wendy Miller & Larry Kanter

4:30pm – 6:00pm

  • October 12 and 26
  • November 2 and 16
  • December 7 and 21 

Healing Circles bring together small numbers of people impacted by a condition or circumstance to share experiences and harvest collective wisdom.  Healing Circles is a peer-led process by which people support each other through deep listening and shared learning. When working at its best, this collaborative conversation model leads to authentic and deep connectivity and can create wisdom and healing for participants.  Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600.

About Wendy Miller: Moving here many years ago from the SF Bay Area, my relationship with Commonweal led me to Barbara Smith Coleman. I am proud to have been part of an early group of people with Shanti Norris who met with Barbara to envision the cancer retreats, a healing center, and gallery for Smith Center. Years later when my late husband Gene Cohen was facing metastatic prostate cancer, he went to Commonweal for his cancer retreat.  The gift of community support, reflection, and care guided the choices we made through the many years of living with cancer in our family body. I became a widow in 2009.

Wendy Miller is an expressive arts therapist, artist, and writer living in Kensington Md. In 2016, she published the book, Sky Above Clouds: Finding our way through creativity, aging, and illness, about her life and work with her late husband.  It is a spiritual treatise on love and creativity during life’s major transitions.

About Larry Kanter: My late wife, Alex Todorovich, passed away in 2009 from breast cancer.  My work with the Smith Center began in 2007 when Alex and I attended the Center’s week-long retreat, which marked a turning point in our understanding of what it means to really live, to love life, and to live in the embrace of a healing community.  After Alex’s passing the Center’s Hisaoaka Gallery mounted a show of Alex’s art entitled “How to Leave a Well-Traveled Road” which documented her life, her fears, her loves and the path she chose at its end.

Larry Kanter is a graphic designer living in Washington, DC and is a Smith Center friend and an ardent supporter of Center’s work.

 

with Jennifer Bires, LICSW

This weekly support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. This group is designed specifically for individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer. The group will also be closed, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month. Please RSVP to Kiersten at 202.483.8600.

Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Mondays October 16th and 30th
  • Mondays November 13th and 27th
  • Monday, December 11th

Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis.  Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease.  She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.

with Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

Monthly on Sunday, 5:00-6:30pm

  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 3

Meet other young adult cancer survivors and enjoy a light dinner and facilitated group support session. This monthly gathering is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups.*

Thanks to our partners, we are able to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:

Cancer Support Community

GWU Medical Faculty Associates

First Descents

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Howard University Hospital

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Life With Cancer

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Nueva Vida

Stupid Cancer

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

Virginia Hospital Center

Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Young Survival Coalition