Caregiver Support Groups

Support Groups

If you are a caregiver for someone you love who has been diagnosed with cancer, we invite you to participate in one of our weekly virtual caregiver support groups. These groups provide a supportive environment for discussions, educational insights, and community connections. All the services, including support groups, offered at Gilda’s Club Chicago are provided without any cost.

When joining a weekly support group, members are asked to commit to at least twelve weeks with the option to extend up to eighteen months. Members must reside within the state of Illinois.

Weekly Caregiver Support Group Offerings:

  • Mondays | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Virtual
    Facilitated by Mary-Ann Andrade-Bekker, PsyD, LCPC

  • Tuesdays | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Virtual
    Facilitated by Michelle Mannino Purkey, LMFT

Monthly Caregiver Support Group Offerings:

  • 3rd Wednesday of the Month | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Virtual
    Facilitated by Kate Kray, LCSW

Additional Caregiver Support Group:

  • Drop-in Weekly Caregiver Support Group for Northwestern patients
    Thursdays | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | Northwestern Medicine Prentice Building, 16th Floor
    Facilitated by Ali Vernasco, LCPC
Gilda’s Club is a place where those whose lives have been impacted by cancer, as well as their families and friends, can feel they are part of a welcoming community. Gilda’s Club Chicago’s weekly and monthly support groups are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional, medical professional and/or community partner. Weekly and monthly support groups are intended for adults. Registration for support groups must be done through the online calendar. For those new to Gilda’s Club, attending a Beyond the Red Door: Orientation is required before joining a weekly and/or monthly support group. These take place every week and you can register at
Support Groups Calendar