The Gathering Place, for those touched by cancer

The Gathering Place is a caring community full of resources that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.

Founded in 2000 by Executive Director, Eileen Saffran, with the help and support of Ellen Heyman, Director of Programming, and members of the Greater Cleveland community, The Gathering Place has served over 20,000 individuals who have made more than 125,000 visits. The wide variety of programs, resources, and services offeredĀ  address the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of those touched by cancer.

The Gathering Place has two extensive education centers that include lending libraries with over 2,500 books, cds, tapes and videos. Public lectures by local experts offer the latest information on cancer treatments and complementary medicine. The medical librarians will help research any questions you have along the cancer journey.

The Gathering Place offers support groups to help individuals cope with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. There are general groups for all types of cancer and specific groups for individuals with breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia or lymphoma, melanoma, myeloma, prostate cancer, advanced disease and for teens with cancer and younger adults with cancer.

Gentle exercise classes and healing touch methods can aid in the management of stress and the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Yoga, tai chi, Pilates, massage, reiki and reflexology are also available for individuals with cancer and their family members and friends.

We encourage the entire family to participate at The Gathering Place. There are age-appropriate support groups, educations classes, and social activities for children dealing with cancer in a family member, and specializedĀ  caring staff to help families along the journey.

The Gathering Place funding comes from individuals, families, memorial contributions, organizations, foundations and corporations, special events, in-kind donations and our resale shop, TGP Collection.

The Gathering Place has two locations:

The Gathering Place East
23300 Commerce Park
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

The Gathering Place West
800 Sharon Drive
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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