With Jennifer Bires, LICSW, Erin Price, LGSW, and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to meet other young adult cancer survivors in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Join us to enjoy a light dinner together with caregivers and participate in a facilitated group support session. This program is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups.*

This group meets once each month on Sundays from 5:00-6:30pm. A light vegan meal is served.

Our monthly Young Adult Caregiver Support Group meets simultaneously. Please indicate when registering if a caregiver will be joining you. 

*A warm thank you to our partners that have allowed us to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:

  • Bella Warrior
  • 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
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Stupid Cancer
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Erin Price

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

In Partnership with 2Unstoppable and Life with Cancer

Join us for our September Walk-n-Talk around the grounds of the National Arboretum with 2Unstoppable.

Any time of year is a great time to visit the National Arboretum.

Meet at 9:00 am at the Visitors Center.

The main gate by the visitor center is located at 2400 R Street NEDC

Meeting spot and recommended parking lot to be determined – see website https://2unstoppable.org/events/ for details.

All walking abilities welcome, feel free to bring family and friends!

We will meet up and quickly introduce ourselves, walk for about 45 minutes (gentle pace, all walking abilities welcome!) and then find a spot to socialize with light snacks and water. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a 2Unstoppable member or not!

For more information please contact michelle@2Unstoppable.org.  To register, please email info@2unstoppable.org.

Click here for more information. 

(There is no charge to participate, only metro or parking fees.)

About 2Unstoppable

 2Unstoppable is a non-profit whose mission is to encourage and support exercise among women who have had a cancer diagnosis. Free online fitness buddy matching, oncology fitness resources, and community events at www.2unstoppable.org. Please visit https://2unstoppable.org/events/ for a list of upcoming events.

with Chef Kara Garrett

Join other young adult cancer survivors for a gathering of friends around the table to share a passion for eating a delicious, healthy meal and good conversation. Partners/Caregivers are welcome to attend. BYOB.

Please indicate when registering if you prefer gluten-free and/or dairy-free options.

The supper club will have a minimum of 6 and maximum of 14 participants. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, September 3rd to confirm attendance. When registering, please indicate any guest(s) that will be joining you, and if you have any food restrictions or allergies.

 About Chef Kara

Kara Garrett Cancer Support Program Coordinator

Kara is a health-supportive chef based in Washington, DC. Following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, she embraced the challenge of finding a balance between her foodie lifestyle and eating well with cancer. She has adopted a flexible diet plan that focuses on plant-based, sustainable whole foods, but does not restrict indulgences of things she loves. She is passionate about working with others to encourage healthier food choices that energize the body and the soul.

Kara graduated in August 2017 from the Chef Training Program at Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and spent one month as the sous chef at The Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of New York in Monroe, NY. She is currently enrolled in the Developing Healthy Communities: Nutrition, Behavior, and Physical Activity graduate program at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW, Erin Price, LGSW, and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to meet other young adult cancer survivors in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Join us to enjoy a light dinner together with caregivers and participate in a facilitated group support session. This program is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups.*

This group meets once each month on Sundays from 5:00-6:30pm. A light vegan meal is served.

Our monthly Young Adult Caregiver Support Group meets simultaneously. Please indicate when registering if a caregiver will be joining you. 

*A warm thank you to our partners that have allowed us to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:

  • Bella Warrior
  • 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
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Stupid Cancer
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Erin Price

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

In Partnership with 2Unstoppable and Life with Cancer

The Cherry Blossoms won’t be in bloom but the Tidal Basin is still a great place to visit any time of the year.  The 2.1 mile loop around the Tidal Basin will take us around The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument.  So much nature and culture to see!

Exact meet up location will be posted soon.

All walking abilities welcome, feel free to bring family and friends!

We will meet up and quickly introduce ourselves, walk for about 45 minutes (gentle pace, all walking abilities welcome!) and then find a spot to socialize with light snacks and water. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a 2Unstoppable member or not!

For more information please contact michelle@2Unstoppable.org.  To register, please email info@2unstoppable.org.

Click here for more information. 

(There is no charge to participate, only metro or parking fees.)

About 2Unstoppable

 2Unstoppable is a non-profit whose mission is to encourage and support exercise among women who have had a cancer diagnosis. Free online fitness buddy matching, oncology fitness resources, and community events at www.2unstoppable.org. Please visit https://2unstoppable.org/events/ for a list of upcoming events.

in partnership with the First Descents DC/Baltimore Tributary

Location: Black Hill Regional Park, Boyds, Maryland

The event will run until approximately 1:00pm (we plan to finish the hike around Noon and enjoy a picnic lunch for an hour).

Join other young adult cancer survivors for a morning of hiking in Black Hill Regional Park, in Boyds, Maryland. The hike is suitable for all levels and will end with a bring your own picnic lunch – so pack something delicious (we’ll have a cooler to store it). Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes, athletic pants, and non-cotton layers. Bring plenty of water and a hat and sunglasses for added sun protection. For those who want to hang out a little longer, we will share more fun times at a coffee shop or restaurant nearby. Information on where to meet will be shared after registration.

This program is co-hosted by the First Descents DC/Baltimore Tributary. First Descents is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Through outdoor adventure, skills development, and local adventure communities, FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer. The DC/Baltimore Trib provides continuous support and the opportunity for connection and year-round adventure experiences at the local level. For more information about the DC/Baltimore Trib, visit: https://firstdescents.org/programs/fd-tribs.

 

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW, Erin Price, LGSW, and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

Meet other young adult cancer survivors in this monthly group, a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations, and cancer support groups. Enjoy healthy dinner with caregivers and survivors before and after the facilitated group discussion.

This group meets once each month on Sundays from 5:00-6:30pm. A light vegan meal is served. Upcoming groups: 

  • August 25 
  • September 22

Our monthly Young Adult Caregiver Support Group meets simultaneously. Please indicate when registering if a caregiver will be joining you.  

*A warm thank you to our partners that have allowed us to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:

  • Bella Warrior
  • 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
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Stupid Cancer
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Erin Price

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

In Partnership with 2Unstoppable and Life with Cancer

Join us for a gentle walk at Rock Creek Park!

All walking abilities welcome, feel free to bring family and friends!

We will meet up and quickly introduce ourselves, walk for about 45 minutes (gentle pace, all walking abilities welcome!) and then find a spot to socialize with light snacks and water. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a 2Unstoppable member or not!

We will be meeting at the Smithsonian Metro Stop.For more information please contact michelle@2Unstoppable.org.  To register, please email info@2unstoppable.org.

Click here for more information. 

(There is no charge to participate, only metro or parking fees.)

About 2Unstoppable

Looking forward to our first Walk-n-Talk at Rock Creek Park.  We will begin our walk from the Nature Center and hike Rapids Bridge, a 2 mile loop that is rated easy.

Rapids Bridge 2 Mile Hike

Overview:  This 2-mile loop hike takes you through the forest and then
parallels the scenic whitewater section of Rock Creek before heading back
uphill towards the nature center.

More information on the hike can be found here.

Driving directions

 2Unstoppable is a non-profit whose mission is to encourage and support exercise among women who have had a cancer diagnosis. Free online fitness buddy matching, oncology fitness resources, and community events at www.2unstoppable.org. Please visit https://2unstoppable.org/events/ for a list of upcoming events.

in partnership with the First Descents DC/Baltimore Tributary

Location:  Theodore Roosevelt Island

Join other young adult cancer survivors for a morning of hiking on Theodore Roosevelt Island, in the Potomac River. The island is a memorial and wilderness preserve with plenty of flora and fauna and views of Georgetown and Arlington. The hike is suitable for all levels and will end with a bring your own picnic lunch – so pack something delicious (we’ll have a cooler to store it). Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes, athletic pants, and non-cotton layers. Bring plenty of water and a hat and sunglasses for added sun protection.

The event will run until approximately 12:00pm (we plan to finish the hike around 11am and enjoy a picnic lunch for an hour). For those who want to hang out a little longer, we will share more fun times at a coffee shop or restaurant nearby.

Information on where to meet will be shared after registration.

This program is co-hosted by the First Descents DC/Baltimore Tributary. First Descents (FD) is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer. The DC/Baltimore Trib provides continuous support and the opportunity for connection and year-round adventure experiences at the local level. For more information about the DC/Baltimore Trib, visit: https://firstdescents.org/programs/fd-tribs

In Partnership with 2Unstoppable and Life with Cancer

Join us for a gentle walk along the National Mall!

All walking abilities welcome, feel free to bring family and friends!

We will meet up and quickly introduce ourselves, walk for about 45 minutes (gentle pace, all walking abilities welcome!) and then find a spot to socialize with light snacks and water. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a 2Unstoppable member or not!

We will be meeting at the Smithsonian Metro Stop.For more information please contact michelle@2Unstoppable.org.  To register, please email info@2unstoppable.org.

Click here for more information. 

(There is no charge to participate, only metro or parking fees.)

About 2Unstoppable

 2Unstoppable is a non-profit whose mission is to encourage and support exercise among women who have had a cancer diagnosis. Free online fitness buddy matching, oncology fitness resources, and community events at www.2unstoppable.org. Please visit https://2unstoppable.org/events/ for a list of upcoming events.