Cancer Pathways

Facing Cancer Together

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

Mission

For the past 20 years, Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club Seattle) has stayed true to its mission ‘facing cancer together’ by offering deep and far-reaching support for people in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. We host community events and educational forums, provide cancer support navigation services, counseling, support groups, community events, educational forums, teen education, wellness classes, kids camp, and workplace support, with over 80% of our revenues spent on programs. We provide these services at no cost to participants thanks to the generous support of our donors.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Anna Gottlieb

Main address

1400 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122 USA

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Formerly known as

Gildas 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.

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

Teens and Adolescents, Educators, Parents
Through our Cancer Happens program, we empower and educate teens 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Preteens

Campers ages 5-12 and Teen Junior Counselors
Camp Sparkle is our free summer camp for kids ages 5 to 12 years who have been impacted by cancer. Kids bond with others who share their experience and understand what they are going through; together, they learn about the basics of cancer and engage in fun activities. Along with cherished memories, they acquire lifelong skills enabling them to communicate and cope with the socioemotional effects of cancer.

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

Teens
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.

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

Adults: 18+
Navigating the intersection between one’s workplace and cancer is complex. With our Cancer Illuminated 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.

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, and improve overall wellness. Weekly sessions are facilitated by professionals and available online.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children
Adolescents
Family relationships
Health

All Ages
Everyone’s 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. To ensure that anyone, anywhere, can participate, this program is currently being held via pre-recorded video or live streaming through our Zoom platform

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

To date, have reached 100,000+ teens in schools and youth organizations 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

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2020, over 5,000 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

Through our Cancer Happens program, we have reached teens by working with educators over 70 schools in the 2020 school year alone.

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

Increasing

Context Notes

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

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 touches 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. Through education, we also advance cancer prevention and awareness and offer a variety of services to empower people and improve their well-being.

For 20 years, we have achieved our goals through our programs, support groups, and social networking events for those touched by cancer. Through our programs and support groups, 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 kids 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. We also represent the patient voice through our engagement on expert advisory panels with researchers, government and with industry.

Our staff work closely with local influencers (volunteers, contractors) within diverse communities to ensure that the services we develop are culturally relevant, informative, and empowering to diverse audiences. We spend over 80% of our budget on programs, practicing good stewardship as we maximize our resources, measure the effectiveness of our programs and expand our outreach to ensure that those most impacted by cancer know about our services and are able to easily access them free of charge.

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 nearly half a million people, with the majority being served through on-site, in-person engagement. In 2020, Cancer Pathways expanded its program and services to include virtual offerings, reaching more communities.

To see our impact program by program, please see: https://cancerpathways.org/programs/

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 2/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Raney

Sound Community Bank

Term: 2018 - 2020

ANNE BRYANT

PHYSICANS INSURANCE A MUTUAL COMPANY

PAUL OKERLUND

SOUND TALENT LLC

DAN KRONMAL

TIAA-CREF

BRYCE FISHER

MERRILL LYNCH

JOHN GARNER

MOLLY HILL

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

DAVID RANEY

SOUND COMMUNITY BANK

ALEC BRINDLE

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

BRIAN JAFFE

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

CINDY HENNESSY

AT&T

SAMATRA DOYLE

SEATTLE CANCER CARE ALLIANCE

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.