Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles. Learn more about the pediatric support groups offered at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the nearby area.

Questions about a support group?

Please visit the support group’s website for more information

Band Together Strength Training Program

Band Together, a free strength training program led by trained volunteers in churches and in other community locations. In three one hour sessions each week, you can get stronger, feel better, make some new friends and – most of all – have fun doing it.

Learn more about Band Together Strength Training Program.

Bereavement Support Group

The death of a child is devastating, and the grief journey for bereaved parents is long and many times lonely. The Hummingbird Program provides grief and bereavement support to parents and families in various settings.

Learn more about our Bereavement Support Group

Bladder Cancer Support Group

Various breakout sessions led by the medical team, bladder cancer survivors and caregivers will provide information about living with bladder cancer, treatment, the role of a support person, and more. Anyone affected by this disease, including patients, family and friends, is invited to attend.

Learn more about our Bladder Cancer Support Group

Blood Cancer Support Group

All patients and family members affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are invited to join us for an evening of support, friendly conversation and refreshments. Please come and share your challenges, concerns and thoughts with others who have similar experiences.

Learn more about Blood Cancer Support Group

Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant

All patients, caregivers, friends and family are invited to join us for light refreshments and an open discussion about bone marrow/stem cell transplant. No RSVP necessary.

Learn more about Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant support group.

Breast Cancer Support Groups

This group is an informal setting where you can meet other women diagnosed with breast cancer within the past five years. Share advice from your own experience to help others, receive support and give strength to each other during and after cancer treatment. Participate in occasional crafts and other activities that promote conversation and healing in a fun, interactive way. Bring a family member or friend.

Learn more about our Breast Cancer Support Groups

Cancer Caregiver

All caregivers of cancer patients, both friends and family, are invited to join the Cancer Caregiver Support Group. Whether you are new to the care giving role or highly experienced, you are welcome to join.

Learn more about our Cancer Caregiver support group

Childhood Apraxia

Apraxia Support Group in the evening – quarterly. The meetings are generally in P1100 in the Children’s Hospital from 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn more about our Childhood Apraxia support group

Cochlear Implant

The Audiology Department sponsors Pediatric and Adult Cochlear Implant Support Group Meetings. These meetings are open to all Cochlear Implant recipients, their families and friends. Our group provides unbiased information regarding the realistic expectations with implants, and offers support for post- activation aural rehabilitation.

Learn more about our Cochlear Implant support group

Epilepsy - For Parents and Caregivers

Sponsored Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania.

Learn more about our Epilepsy - For Parents and Caregivers support group

Gastric Bypass - New Dimensions

The New Dimensions Support Group is comprised of individuals researching, awaiting, or post weight loss surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Learn more about our Gastric Bypass - New Dimensions support group

Head and Neck Cancer

All patients and family members are invited to join us for an afternoon of practical and up-to-date information on various aspects of head and neck cancer care. Hear how patients like you are living with head and neck cancer, ask questions and offer in put on topics for future meetings, speak with members of our care team, and share your thoughts with other attendees who have similar experiences.

Learn more about our Head and Neck Cancer support group

Healing Yoga

This is a gentle, healing class for people recovering from cancer*, and those who are supporting a loved-one.  We use the powerful techniques of Kundalini Yoga to increase your vitality and help you deeply relax.  Scientific research suggests that yoga can help reduce the effects of stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, assist the immune system, relieve anxiety and depression, and help people find meaning and hope - so important for recovery.

Learn more about our Healing Yoga support group

Heart Transplant (Adult)

Hershey Hearts is a peer support group for heart transplant recipients, patients waiting for a heart transplant, their families and caregivers. The group will be facilitated by Patty Frazier and Eric Popjes, MD. The format of the group will be flexible to meet your expressed needs. We intend to have a topic and speaker for each gathering followed by time for group members to share experiences, questions and offer support.

Learn more about our Heart Transplant (Adult) support group

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Wherever you are in the process of determining your cancer risk or risk management options, there is a good chance that other people are going through the same thing and are available to offer support.

Learn more about our Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer support group

Hershey Hearts (Pediatric)

Hershey Hearts has a program to provide support on a weekly basis to families who have a child receiving in-patient care through one-on-one visitation or telephone contact.

Learn more about our Hershey Hearts (Pediatric) support group

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Please visit our Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center website for information regarding IBD,including Crohn's Disease, Enteritis, Microscopic Colitis, Proctitis, Regional Enteritis, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Muscular Dystrophy

For individuals with muscular dystrophy and related neuro-muscular diseases and their caregivers. Our support group will meet on Sunday, December 2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Neurology Suite 1300 - Waiting Room, 30 Hope Drive, Entrance B.

For more information, please call 717-531-3828 (option 1 - Neurology) 

Pediatric Food Allergy

Allergic reactions can be life threatening. Worrying about accidentally eating or being exposed to the food you’re allergic to is stressful - for kids and their parents.

We offer a support group at for parents and caregivers of children with food allergies. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in Conference Rooms P1100 in the Children's Hospital. Everyone is welcome.

Learn more about our Pediatric Food Allergy support group

Pink Ribbon Program

The Pink Ribbon Program™ is a therapeutic exercise program developed by a survivor for patients and survivors. Exercise is an important part of treatment and recovery. The Pink Ribbon Program™ works in conjunction with your doctor’s recommendations for an exercise program. The Pink Ribbon Program™ helps stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back, and abdominal muscles, allowing women to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery. Suitable whether your surgery was recent or several years ago and accommodates all fitness levels.

Learn more about our Pink Ribbon Program support group

Prostate Cancer

The support group is open to all men who are newly diagnosed or dealing with recurrent or advanced prostate cancer, along with their spouses, family members and caretakers.  Meetings will provide encouragement, hope, education, emotional support, personal interactions, and mentoring of new patients.

Learn more about our Prostate Cancer support group

Sleep Apnea

For meeting times and additional information on the Sleep Apnea Support Group, please call the Penn State Sleep Research and Treatment Center at 717-531-8520

Spinal Cord Injury

The Spinal Cord Injury support group is open to those with spinal cord injuries, their families and support person. The group allows an opportunity for support, socialization and education. Please join us at Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital Cafeteria, 1135 Old West Chocolate Avenue, Hummelstown, Pa 17036 every third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Please contact Nancy Lokey for more information at nlokey@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Stroke

The Stroke support group provides monthly programs of interest to stroke survivors and their caregivers as well as an opportunity for support and socialization.

Learn more about our Stroke support group

Tobacco Intervention Program

The Tobacco Intervention Program group meets for ninety minutes, every Monday. The program walks participants through the entire quitting process from decision-making, to actually quitting, and through relapse prevention.

Quitting is hard. These sessions are designed to support you in the best way possible to get through this tough time.

For meeting times and additional information, please call the CARELINE at 800-243-1455.

Programs and Education

We promote wellness in the community through a variety of programs - with the goal of improving the health of children. See what we offer.