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Cancer Pathways

Facing Cancer Together

aka Cancer Pathways   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.cancerpathways.org

Mission

For over 23 years, we have been a champion of those touched by cancer, walking alongside them through their diagnosis and treatments and helping support their emotional well-being. At Cancer Pathways, we seek to address peoples needs beyond the medical scope in an expansive, comprehensive, and personalized manner through our free support and educational programming. Cancer Pathways hosts community events, educational workshops and podcasts and provides cancer support navigation services, counseling, support groups, teen education, wellness classes, kids camps, and workplace support. We provide all our services to the under-insured and uninsured at no cost.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO

Michelle Millman

Founder and Advisor

Anna Gottlieb

Main address

1400 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122 USA

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Formerly known as

Gilda's Club of Seattle

EIN

91-1742315

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Life is never the same after a cancer diagnosis or after the loss of a loved one to cancer--not for those living with cancer, for their caregivers, loved ones, colleagues, or for those in their community. For some people, cancer is a deadly disease and for others, its effects are life-long and chronic. For everyone, cancer’s impact extends beyond the medical scope; it takes a toll on people on many levels including emotional, social, financial and physical. Nearly everyone knows someone who has had cancer but not everyone knows where to turn to for community, education, and support--all of which are essential services to help people survive and thrive. At Cancer Pathways, our programs are designed to empower people touched by cancer and enhance their well-being, as well as educate all in our community about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cancer Happens©

Through our Cancer Happens program, we empower and educate high school students on how to reduce their future risk of cancer. We create safe spaces for youth to talk about cancer, where to turn for social and emotional support, and ways to improve their health trajectory. As of January of 2024 we have served over 120,000 students with our Cancer Happens program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Preteens

Camp Sparkle is our free, summer day-camp for children ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-15 who have been impacted by cancer. Through camp, we seek to strengthen a childs foundation so that they can thrive in the future. They acquire lifelong tools enabling them to cope with the social and emotional effects of cancer (e.g., anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms) and strengthen relationships with others. Through camp, we seek to build up a childs foundation so that they can thrive now and in the future. Camp is offered in-person in the state of Washington and virtually to youth across the nation. As of January 2024, 2,600 + youth have participated in our Camp Sparkle and Family Program.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities
Low-income people

Our Cancer Unwrapped teen writing contest presents an opportunity for teens to wield the power of the pen to change the world so we can better understand their encounter with cancer. Winning essays are shared on our website for others to read and know that they are not alone. As of January 2024, there have been 8,200+ teens that have submitted an essay.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Family relationships
People with psychosocial disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Navigating the intersection between one’s workplace and cancer is complex. With our Cancer in the Workplace program, we shine a light on these challenges and explore practices that help enhance a workplace culture for employers and employees impacted by cancer. We also offer workplace education, workplace 360 feedback, and support groups designed to enhance communication and empathy. More than 65+ companies and organizations have taken part in the program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Work status and occupations

Our support groups and wellness classes are aimed at offering participants a safe place to connect, process emotions, reduce stress, improve overall wellness, and navigate a recent diagnosis. Weekly sessions are facilitated by licensed professionals and available online. At Cancer Pathways, were not just on the sidelines supporting you; we are walking with you. We currently offer groups covering:
Survivorship
Living with Cancer
Caregivers
Bereavement
Lung Cancer
Parent Grief Group
Parents Living with Cancer
Mindfulness Based Arts Group
Yoga

In addition, our licensed social work team provides 1:1 emotional support sessions and family support sessions. Since opening, we have seen and supported over 4,200+ people.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children
Adolescents
Family relationships
Health

Everyones experience with cancer is different, but no one has to face cancer alone. Our Community Education program is here to offer help and hope through the powerful voices of experts in our community. We work to provide education in various formats to meet people where they're at in their experience with cancer. Our community education manifests in a variety of ways. A few to name are:
EnCOMPASSING Cancer Podcast
Webinars and Workshops
Community Events
Cancer Awareness Days
Cessation Clinics
Online Resource Hub

Through our community education we've been able to reach over 326,000+ people. To listen to our podcast visit: https://open.spotify.com/show/5ThI6mUlqkE0sAvuJPMQlA?si=708b87cce9ec44b6

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Health
Economically disadvantaged people
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Teachers

Related Program

Cancer Happens©

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2023, we have reached 120,263 teens through our Cancer Happens program, which empowers kids to change their health trajectory via education & community engagement.

Number of competition winners declared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As of 2023, over 8,200 teens have submitted essays nationally for our Cancer Unwrapped teen writing contest. Winning essays are posted on our website.

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Adolescents

Related Program

Cancer Happens©

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2023, our Cancer Happens program worked with educators in over 120 different classrooms across the nation.

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

Weekly Support Groups and Wellness Classes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our social workers responds within 24 hours of a person reaching out to Cancer Pathways for help.

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Weekly Support Groups and Wellness Classes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes our free support groups, one-on-one emotional support sessions, and wellness classes.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Chronically ill people, Terminally ill people

Related Program

Camp Sparkle & Family Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number only reflects our summer camps and not our monthly family Sparkle Saturday offerings.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it impacts not only that person, but also everyone around them. ‘Facing cancer together’ requires deep and far-reaching support for patients, survivors, their caregivers and their family members. At Cancer Pathways, we immediately respond to anyone who reaches out to us for help and help connect them to our programs, matching them to services that meet their needs based on their age, stage in life, and where they are in their experience with cancer. We advance cancer prevention through education and awareness events while providing services to people to improve their well-being.

For over 20 years, we have achieved our goals through programs, support groups, and social networking events for those touched by cancer. We amplify the voices of all those who have been impacted by cancer. We strive to remove the stigma associated with cancer and provide people with a sense of belonging to a caring community. Our annual Gala and "Surviving with Style" fashion show are a few of the many ways we engage the community to highlight cancer survivor stories and help people connect with one another. Other community events include: a national teen writing contest, partnerships with local breweries, events with Girls Scouts, cancer awareness days, and more! We represent the patient voice through our engagement with expert advisory panels, researchers, government officials, and with industry leaders.

We have long standing partnerships in the city, state, and across the nation. Our organization works closely with local community members and officials, public health leaders, hospitals, and schools within diverse communities to ensure that the services we develop are culturally relevant, informative, empowering, and free to all audiences. To provide equitable access, we spend over 81% of our budget on our programs. This allows us to deliver cost-free services and support. Cancer is expensive and exhausting; our services are free and accessible to all those facing cancer.

Since 2001, Cancer Pathways has served adults, children and teens whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Each year, Cancer Pathways spends over 81% of its operating budget on programs and support services that foster a welcoming community for everyone living with cancer.

Cancer Pathways has reached over half a million people, with the majority being served in the state of Washington. In 2020, Cancer Pathways expanded its program and services to include virtual offerings, reaching more communities across the nation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cancer Pathways

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Raney

Sound Community Bank

Term: 2018 -

ANNE BRYANT

PHYSICANS INSURANCE A MUTUAL CO.

PAUL OKERLUND

SOUND TALENT LLC

BRYCE FISHER

MERRILL LYNCH

JOHN GARNER

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

MOLLY HILL

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

DAVID RANEY

SOUND COMMUNITY BANK

ALEC BRINDLE

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

BRIAN JAFFE

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

SAMATRA DOYLE

FRED HUTCH CANCER CENTER

BETH GINSBERG

STOEL/ RIVES

SHERRI BUSH

BEIGENE

MARY-LOU MISRAHY

PHYSICIANS INSURANCE, A MUTUAL INSURANCE CO.

SARAH GOODMAN

MICROSOFT

KAREN WAALKES

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

ANTHONY TIPPINS

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

KATHERINE KRONMAL

SWEDISH CANCER INSTITUTE