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

Sessions provide 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

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

Diabetes Support Groups

Whether you're newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for many years, our support groups can help you live well with diabetes. Meet others who face the same challenges and learn new healthy lifestyle habits. 

Learn more about our support groups for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes by calling:

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

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 by calling 717-531-8343.

Hope for HS – Hidradenitis Suppurativa Support Group

Hope for HS is a support group for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Meet other individuals and their loved ones and exchange ideas about the general management of HS such as wound care and social support. Facilitated by Penn State Department of Dermatology clinicians, researchers and staff, the support group is free and open to patients with HS and their family and friends.

There is the option to call into the meeting for those unable to attend in person. Please contact the HS chapter director at for additional information.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Please visit our Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center website for information regarding IBD, including Crohn's disease, enteritis, microscopic colitis, pediatric IBD, proctitis, regional enteritis, and ulcerative colitis.


Melanoma Support Group has been created to provide support to Stage 3 and 4 melanoma patients and their caregivers by sharing our experiences and practical information while providing encouragement, hope, networking, and educational opportunities. Structured meetings will include introductions, sharing experiences and feelings, exchanging information, and building a sense of belonging. Speakers and experts on topics of interest identified by the group members will be scheduled. We will support melanoma research through advocacy and related activities.

Learn more about our Melanoma 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

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Groups

Support groups are open to all diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, their caregivers and supporters. Sessions provide a venue to ask questions, share experiences and are formatted to provide members with information, support and resources on all aspects of caregiving and pulmonary fibrosis. Topics are based on member input and are facilitated by physicians and professionals from the Gift of Life program and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Learn more about our pulmonary fibrosis support groups

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


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 health and wellness. See what we offer.