Health-Related Issues

Health-Related Issues

Altogether Angels

610-395-8898

Contact: Donna Zwick

Information, resources and support for individuals with breast cancer. 

Alzheimer's Association of Lehigh Valley

617 A. Main St., Hellertown, PA

610-838-2552

Support, information and resources for individuals with Alzheimer's. 

American Cancer Society Lehigh Valley

3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA

610-882-4397 or 1-888-227-2345

Support and information for persons with cancer.

American Lung Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

610-867-4100

Information and resources for children with asthma and their families. 

American Society of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Pain Syndrome--Lehigh Valley Chapter
610-776-5992

Asthma and Allergy Association of Lehigh Valley

610-261-2944

Information and support. 

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group

Gnaden Campus Community Room, 212 N. 12th St., Lehighton, PA.

610-824-6490

The third Tuesdays of most months.

This group is geared specifically toward women who have been diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives.  It's an informal setting for participants who are looking for personal support and education on cancer-related issues. 

Brain Injury/Mentor ABI Group

1-800-864-4354

Email:  scott.Patrick@thementornetwork.com

Rehabilitative and support services for persons with Acquired Brain Injury.

Brain Tumor of the Lehigh Valley Support Group

610-776-2566

Support Group for individuals with a brain tumor.  Groups are held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Emmaus.  Call for group dates/times.

Breaking the Barriers For All Disabilities Group

Contact: P. Hunter

PO Box 4056, Allentown, PA 18105

610-349-8066

Email: phcollaboration@aol.com

The purpose of the meeting is to empower and educate families on the system by providing regulatory guidance.  They can guide you to the source (PDE/County/DPW/State/Medical challenges). 

Breathing Buddies

Support and resources for children with asthma.

610-867-4100 

Camelot For Children Support Groups

2354 Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA 18103.

610-791-5683

Support groups for children (and their families) with asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and sickle cell anemia.   

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association of the Lehigh Valley

610-868-8745

610-262-9009

610-867-6716

Support and information for persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group
610-435-3375 
Call for information on location/times.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Northeast PA Chapter

610-820-0206 
Information on support, advocacy, treatment and research. 

Depression After Delivery

610-402-3800

Support group for mothers going through post partum depression.  Groups meet the 1st Wednesday of the month at the School of Nursing, 17th and Chew Sts., Allentown,PA.  

Diabetes Support Group

610-776-5484

Call for information on date/location of support group.

Down Syndrome Parent Network
610-432-3776 
Information on treatment and resources for parents of children with Down Syndrome. 

Dystrophy (RSD)/ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

610-776-5992

Call for information on support.

Eastern PA Down Syndrome Center 
610-402-0184 
Offers local support groups.  Also provides medical evaluations, consultative services, and medical services for adults and children with Down Syndrome.  It also serves as a community resource for families, service agencies, practitioners and the general public.

Easton Hospital

610-250-4636

Support groups for individuals who have lost a loved one, individuals with breast cancer, cancer survivors, diabetes, those who suffered a stroke and who have had weight loss surgery.

Encore

610-434-9333

Support for individuals post-mastectomy.

Epilepsy Foundation of SE PA 

1-800-887-7165
Information on support groups, events, workshops and newsletter. 

Fibromyalgia Support Group of Sacred Heart Hospital

610-776-5992

Support group for individuals with Fibromyalgia.  

Good Shepherd Support Groups

1-877-734-2247

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis support group: 610-776-3499

Aphasia support group: 610-776-3214

Head trauma support group: 610-776-3515

MDA support group: 610-776-3256

Multiple Sclerosis support group: 610-776-3499

Myasthenia Gravis: 610-797-6923

Pain support group: 610-776-3241

Parkinson support group:   610-776-3247

Post-Polio support group: 610-866-8092

Stroke support group for active adults: 610-776-3308

Healing Works

610-432-2168

Support groups for holiday blues and obese children.

Hepatitis C Support Group of the Lehigh Valley

610-776-5470

An informal support group for persons with Hepatitis C, their friends and family. 

Second Thursday of every month held at Sacred Heart Hospital (4th and Chew Sts., Allentown, PA/Medical Building 325/2nd floor) at 7:30 PM. 

Huntington's Disease Support Information
610-260-0420

LEAD (Learning, Encouraging, Aiming, Defying)

139 A. Street

Bangor, PA 18013

610-588-9151

Support group for parents who have children with lead poisoning. 

La-Leche

610-867-8570

Information and support for women who breast feed. 

Lehigh Valley Brain Trauma Support Group

Contact: Bill DeCray

5th & Saint John Sts., Allentown, PA 18013

610-432-1619

Support and information for parents who have children with brain trauma. 

Lehigh Valley Fragile X Group

Contact: Kristin Strauss

Email:  lvfxs@yahoo.com

Support group through the National Fragile X Foundation.

Lehigh Valley Head Trauma Support Group

610-432-1619

Support group made up of brain-injured persons, their families and friends, medical and rehabilitative professions that work together to promote understanding, treatment and quality of life.

Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 501 Saint John St., Allentown, PA at 7:00 PM at the High Tec Building, 2nd floor (next to GSH Rehabilitative Hospital). 

Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

610-402-CARE

Support groups: Adult Grief, Burn Survivor, Cancer Support, Health Failure, Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery, Adolescent/Child Counseling, Adult Diabetes, ALS Association, Alzheimer's, Amputee, Beth's Group, Brain Tumor, Breast Cancer Helpline Support of Survivors, Breast Cancer/ENCORE, Care Giver, Celiac, Compassionate Friend (loss of child), Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Depression and Bipolar, Depression, Fibromyalgia, GYN Cancer, Heart to Heart Cardiac, HIV, Hospice, Lou Gehrig's Disease/ALC Resource, Lupus, LV Area Ostomy, LV Brain Trauma, LV Mother of Twins, Lyme Disease, Lymphedema, Men Facing Cancer Discussion, Multiple Sclerosis, NICU Parent, Obsessive Compulsive, Parents Without Partners, Parkinson's, Pediatric Cancer Foundation of LV, SHARE, Stroke, Sugar Free Kids, Support of Suicide, transplant, Veteran, Well Spouse, Woman Heart.

Lehigh Valley Parents Group for Hard of Hearing Children

610-865-4868

Support group for parents who have children that are hard of hearing. 

Lehigh Valley Parents of Blind Children

610-253-8446

Support group for area parents who have children that are blind or visually impaired. 

Lehigh Valley Polio Survivors Group 
610-866-8092
Area support group for polio survivors.  

Lehigh Valley Transplant Support Group

610-402-8506

Support group for persons who have had a transplant.

Lyme Disease Support Group

610-402-8506

Support group for persons with Lyme Disease.

Multiple Disabilities Parent Support Group at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit

610-769-4111, ext 1268

This support groups was started this year to address the concerns of parents who have children with multiple physical disabilities.  The group is held on a monthly basis and is facilitated by a social worker and a speech therapist from CLIU#21.  Groups are held at the main office of CLIU#21 in Schnecksville are are offered during the day and in the evening.  There is no charge to participate.  Since the group has formed, various topics have been presented by guest speakers.  Some topics include Communicating with Your Child, Creating Your Child's Own Sensory Bin, Fun with Computers, and Safe Feeding Practices.  Groups also focus on informal information sharing as well as developing a support network for parents.  Next school year's topics will be determine by the needs of the group members.  If you are interested in receiving mailings on these groups, please contact the group facilitator, Maia Geiger, at the number above. 

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Lehigh Valley

610-559-9327

Contact the local MS Society to request information and publications about MS and to find local programs.

Muscular Dystrophy Association 

610-391-1977 
Web site offers publications and has information on local support groups.  There is also an on-line community that persons with MD can join.

Overeaters Anonymous
610-435-2736
Web site provides information on phone/on-line support.  Web site also features Literature Magazine and Literature Catalog. 
Support groups for overeaters.
Allentown Meetings: Tuesdays 10:00 AM @ Trinity Church of Allentown and 7:30 PM @ Asbury United Methodist Church.  Thursdays 12:00 PM @ Wendy's Tilghman Square.  Fridays 1:15 PM @ Redeemer Lutheran Church and 7:30 PM @ St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
Bethlehem Meetings: Mondays 7:00 PM @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Thursdays 7:00 PM @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Parents of Premature & High Risk Infants

610-439-5618

Support for parents of premature and high risk infants.

Parkinson's of the Lehigh Valley

610-868-3510

Support for persons with Parkinson's.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation Support Group

Contact: Nicole Ronco by phone 610-393-9215 or click on the link above.

A network of parents and professionals to aim to help children with cancer and their families through a variety of support, social, and programs based on quality of life and long-term survivorship.  Support groups are held on the 4th Tuesdays of January, March, May, August, September and October at 6:30 at Camelot for Children, 2354 E. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA 18103.  Host speakers address group on various topics.  Childcare is available during the group meetings.  The foundation also offers education, outreach, and networking.  

Pediatric Oncology Support Group

610-791-5683

Support group for children and their families. 

Project RACHEL

Contact: Maryann

1-866-3RACHEL

Email:  mdunn@allentowndiocese.org

Post abortion reconciliation & healing support groups.

SHINE

Self Help Information Network Exchange

570-961-1234 (24-hours)

Provides information and referral to support groups in NEPA; Sponsors workshops and events for self-help advocates.

Sacred Heart Hospital Support Groups

Breast Cancer support group: 610-395-8898

Cancer patients and their loved ones: 610-776-5470

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: 610-776-5992

Diabetes: 610-776-5484

Fibromyalgia: 610-776-5992

Mental Health: 610-776-4766

Sleep Disorders: 610-776-5336

Weight loss surgery: 610-776-4928 

Scoliosis Association of the Lehigh Valley

610-866-6196

Support for persons with scoliosis.

Sleep Disorders Group

610-776-5336

Support group through Sacred Heart Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.

St. Luke's Hospital Support Groups

610-770-8300

Alzheimer's family support group: 610-954-4234.  Meets the third Monday of the month from 6-8:00 pm in the Laros Conference Room, Doctors' Pavilion, St. Luke's Hospital--Bethlehem Campus.

St. Luke's Active Pink Support Group: 610-954-2947

Cancer: 610-954-3589 or 1-888-785-8537

Diabetes: 610-954-3025

Dialysis: 610-954-4894

Family members of persons living with HIV/AIDS: 610-954-4772 or 610-954-4234

Gastric Bypass: 1-877-610-6161

Interstitial Cystitis: 610-954-4960

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, Myeloma, and Myelodysplastic Syndrome: 610-776-8240.

MS Mondays: 1-877-610-6161.  Registration required.  A series of MS-related lunch and learn programs open to patients, their family members and the community.  Each program will include a presentation follow by time for Q&A.  The 3rd Monday of the month from 12-1:00 at 1941 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Melanoma: 610-954-3580 or 1-866-785-8537

Menopause: 610-691-3603

Parkinson's Disease (Young Onset): 610-866-0355,  Meets the first Monday of each month at 5:00 pm in Room 103, Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center at St. Luke's Hospital--Bethlehem Campus.

Prostate Cancer: 610-954-1646

Stroke Club 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center; St. Luke's Hospital--Bethlehem Campus 

Sugar Free Kids

610-402-0143

610-682-2794

For children with diabetes.  An interactive group of children and professionals who meet in an informal session to develop understanding and skills to deal effectively with their illness.   Groups are held the 3rd Friday of the month from 7:00-8:30 PM at Camelot For Children, 2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA. 

TOPS

(Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

610-791-3712

1-800-932-8677

Support for persons struggling with their weight.

Valley Wide Help

610-435-7111

Information on various support groups.

The Wellness Community Greater Lehigh Valley

Cancer Support, Education and Hope Programming

The Anneliese B. Vollrath House, 3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18017

610-861-7555

Newcomer Orientation--this information session is the first step for all cancer patients and caregivers who are interested in joining one of the support groups.  It provides an opportunity for individuals with cancer, family members and friends to learn more about The Wellness Community and the programs and services that are offered.  These weekly meetings, led by cancer survivors who have participated in their own fight for recovery, offer newcomers a chance to explore these various methods used to fight for recovery, maintain hope and improve the quality of their lives.

Fighting For Cancer Together--on-going, professionally facilitated support groups for people with cancer and/or support persons are the heart of the program.  Adult group members of different ages and with different types of cancer come together each week to get support and learn from each other.

Cancer Patient Participant Support Groups--weekly groups, facilitated by a licensed therapist, offer people with cancer an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and information.

Family/Caregiver Support Groups--weekly groups, facilitated by a licensed therapist, offer those supporting a person with cancer the opportunity to learn new ways to deal with their individual stress and concerns, and also new ways to support their loved ones living with cancer.

Arthritis Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

610-776-6632 or 610-395-6161

Information, resources and support for individuals with arthritis.