with Kimberly Parekh and group

We are a new demand-driven and patient-led in-person and online community support group for young women and men (diagnosed between the age of 18 – 45ish) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in the DC, MD, and VA area. We have created this group as a means of providing both a safe community support space for people with MBC, as well as peer- led and expert-led information on living with breast cancer. This group is new and independent of any established breast cancer organization, though we are in complete gratitude to the Smith Center for hosting us this calendar year. 

We facilitate our group in a democratic and participatory manner; in essence, our group is your group! Interested new members, kindly contact Kimberly Parekh at kimberlyparekh@yahoo.com for an informal intake before coming to your first meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 11, 6 – 8 PM
  • July 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • August 13, 6 – 8 PM
  • September 11, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • October 8, 6 – 8 PM
  • November 13, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • December 10, 6 – 8 PM (holiday party)

with Kimberly Parekh and group

We are a new demand-driven and patient-led in-person and online community support group for young women and men (diagnosed between the age of 18 – 45ish) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in the DC, MD, and VA area. We have created this group as a means of providing both a safe community support space for people with MBC, as well as peer- led and expert-led information on living with breast cancer. This group is new and independent of any established breast cancer organization, though we are in complete gratitude to the Smith Center for hosting us this calendar year. 

We facilitate our group in a democratic and participatory manner; in essence, our group is your group! Interested new members, kindly contact Kimberly Parekh at kimberlyparekh@yahoo.com for an informal intake before coming to your first meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 8, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • June 11, 6 – 8 PM
  • July 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • August 13, 6 – 8 PM
  • September 11, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • October 8, 6 – 8 PM
  • November 13, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • December 10, 6 – 8 PM (holiday party)

with Debra Diamond, Ph.D.

In “Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife,” psychic medium, and near-death experience researcher Dr. Debra Diamond presents the story of life as a hospice ‘Death Doula’, revealing 25 critical life lessons from those at the threshold of the afterlife, and those who have already crossed over, ultimately revealing a new way of understanding death.
About Debra Diamond, Ph.D.

Debra Diamond, Ph.D. is a former Wall Street money manager, regular CNBC commentator and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University who left a high profile life to pursue a life of purpose and spirituality. She earned an MBA from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. from the Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of the Holistic Studies Institute of New York, has completed mediumship training at the Arthur Findlay College in the UK and trained at the Carl Jung Institute in Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland. Debra is the author of “Life after Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People with Newfound Powers” and “Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife.” Debra is dedicated to the empowerment of her clients.

with Julie McCarter

In this creative workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness through the art of image making. In a series of photographic assignments, we’ll focus on our internal experience of the present moment, alongside the visual components of photography.

This workshop will give you the tools to develop your own “practice” of mindful image-making that will be both nourishing and life-balancing. you will also have the experience of creating images that reflect your unique vision/voice that is often deeply meaningful.

Join us to discover new ways of being, seeing and expressing with mindfulness and your camera.

Please bring one meaningful object to the workshop. We will be using cell phones for cameras.

Suggested Donation: $20

 

About Julie McCarter

Julie is a fine art photographer and therapist, offering workshops that blend her two worlds of creative expression and emotional wellness. She is based in the Greater Washington DC area. Her photographic work may be viewed at: http://juliefischermccarter.com

Contact email: jfm@juliefischermccarter.com

Drafthouse Comedy Theater
1100 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
*Location: Entrance is on L Street Between 13th and 14th Street*

Featuring Young Adult Cancer Survivors & Co-Survivors sharing comedic storytelling or stand-up comedy sets.
This group of young adult cancer survivors and Co-survivors has honed their skills and crafted hilarious stories and stand-up comedy sets for your enjoyment. Join us for a night of laughter and community as we blow off some steam and raise money for the DC Young Adult Cancer Community, an initiative of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Through the DC Young Adult Cancer Community, we provide a space for those living with cancer in their 20s, 30s and early 40s to meet others to vent, laugh, connect, and share resources. 

Buy your tickets for $30 per person today!

About Charity Sade

Charity Sade is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Kimberly Parekh and group

We are a new demand-driven and patient-led in-person and online community support group for young women and men (diagnosed between the age of 18 – 45ish) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in the DC, MD, and VA area. We have created this group as a means of providing both a safe community support space for people with MBC, as well as peer- led and expert-led information on living with breast cancer. This group is new and independent of any established breast cancer organization, though we are in complete gratitude to the Smith Center for hosting us this calendar year. 

We facilitate our group in a democratic and participatory manner; in essence, our group is your group! Interested new members, kindly contact Kimberly Parekh at kimberlyparekh@yahoo.com for an informal intake before coming to your first meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 9, 6 – 8 PM
  • May 8, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • June 11, 6 – 8 PM
  • July 10, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • August 13, 6 – 8 PM
  • September 11, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • October 8, 6 – 8 PM
  • November 13, 11 AM – 1 PM
  • December 10, 6 – 8 PM (holiday party)

with Julia Rowland, Ph.D.

“We are all going to be—or at a minimum need— a caregiver at some point in our lives.”

Come find out why caregivers are so important to our health, and if you are currently a caregiver, why caring for you is as important as caring for your loved one or friend.”

 

About Julia Rowland, Ph.D.

Julia Rowland, PhD, who joined Smith Center in October 2017, comes to this position as a long-time clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer. She has worked with and conducted competitively funded research among both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families, and published broadly in psycho-oncology, including co-editing, along with Dr. Jimmie Holland, the ground-breaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology.  She has also been a frequent speaker on cancer survivorship, or life after cancer, for both professional and lay audiences.

Julia received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psychosocial oncology. While at MSKCC, where she held joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology, Julia helped to develop and was the first Director of the Post-Treatment Resource Program, one of the first non-medical survivorship care programs to be offered by a major cancer center in the U.S. In 1990 she moved with her husband and two young children to Washington, DC to become founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center. There she helped expand services to meet the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and families, launched some of the first quality of life clinical trials, and also introduced a program to enable first year medical students to learn the art of caring for those living through and beyond cancer from survivors themselves and Lombardi faculty. Nine years later, in September of 1999, she was recruited to the National Cancer Institute to become the first, full-time Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, a position in which she served for 18 years, championing the growth of survivorship research and care, before stepping down in September 2017 to assume her new role at Smith Center. Although new to the team, Julia is no stranger to Smith Center. She knew Smith Center’s founder, Barbara Smith Coleman, and has volunteered her expertise across the years as a speaker, group leader and staff member for both the 1-day and weeklong residential retreats. Julia brings to her new role a passion to translate what research has taught us about healing in the context of cancer to the broader community, in essence, taking the science of survivorship from the lab bench to the park bench.

with Charity Sade

This class is targeted toward Young Adult Cancer Patients/Survivors and will be held from 2:30-4:30pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Patients/Survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, February 23rd and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Kevin Miller and Ken Keyak

We are a group of gay men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or who are recovering from treatment that offer support to each other. In a peer-led community, we share our experiences and understanding to help one another best deal with our own personal situations.

This Healing Circle meets monthly on Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. 

Upcoming Dates: 

  • March 26