Classes, Events & Support at Banner Thunderbird  

Support Groups




Banner Thunderbird Medical Center offers a variety of support groups:

Breastfeeding Support Group
Our experts will provide information and answer your questions in regard to successful breastfeeding.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month
  • Where: East Entrance
  • Call: (602) 865-5908 

Coping with Cancer Support Group
A support group for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, family members and friends uses shared experiences and emotional support to help members cope.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room
  • Call Kelly Gruber at (602) 865-5450 for more information.

I Can Cope
This American Cancer Society program provides knowledge to make it easier to deal with the fear of being diagnosed with cancer. This program is for people diagnosed with cancer and their family members.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room 
  • Call Kelly Gruber at (602) 865-5450 for more information

2015 Dates and Topics

  • Feb. 23--Shervin Shirvani, MD, MPH, Medical Director Dept of Radiation Oncology at Banner MD Anderson Cancer at BTMC, "Learning About Cancer and Understanding Treatment"
  • March 23--Ruth Ann Foth, RN, OCN, "Managing the Effects of Illness and Treatment"
  • Apr. 27--Esther Pineda DBH, LCSW, "Coping with Cancer:  Mindfulness and Stress Management"
  • May 18--Donna McManus, RN, Banner Hospice, Patient Navigator from the American Cancer Society, survivor guest speaker Barbara Erickson, "Mobilizing Resources and Support"
  • June 22--Beth Farnsworth BS,DTR,CHES, Clinical Dietetic Technician, Registered Dietician, "Nutrition During and After Treatment"
  • Sept. 28--Dr. Steven Oppenheim, MD, FAAHPM Medical Director, Palliative Medicine, "Relieving Cancer Pain"
  • Oct. 26--Dr. Paula Artac, D.Min, ATR-BC, CEAT, "The Role of Creativity in Coping with Cancer"
  • Nov. 23--BTMC Rehab Department, "Keeping Well in Mind and Body: The Benefits of Fitness"

Kids Can Cope                                                                                 
This group focuses on the needs of children, ages 6 to 16, who are coping with a parent or loved one with a cancer diagnosis. Check out a video about hour support group here.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: First and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room
  • Call for more information and specific directions, Kelly Gruber at (602) 865-5450.

In Living Color
In Living Color is a free, art themed support group available to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer. No art experience is necessary and participants are welcome regardless of stage in treatment or recovery.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room. 
  • Call: For more information and specific directions, please call Kelly Gruber at (602) 865-5450.
  • 2015 Dates:
    • Jan. 15, 22, 29
    • Feb. 5, 12,19
    • March 12, 19, 26
    • Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30
    • May 7, 14, 21, 28
    • Sept.17, 24
    • Oct. 15, 22
    • Nov. 12, 19

Look Good ... Feel Better
This is a program where women in active treatment for cancer meet to learn techniques to cope with appearance-related side effects. The American Cancer Society provides trained volunteer cosmetologists to teach women methods for using cosmetics, wigs and scarves to improve self-confidence. The group meets multiple times throughout the year.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room
  • Call: For more information, please call Kelly Gruber at (602) 865-5450
  • 2015 Dates:
    • April 1
    • Aug. 29
    • Oct. 7

Stroke Support Group
Sessions are open to stroke survivors and their family/caregivers. We meet to provide support to survivors of stroke and their caregivers and to provide encouragement, interaction and information about stroke care and rehabilitation

Facilitators will be Sarah Badalamenti, RN, Banner Thunderbird stroke coordinator and Chaplain Steven Prusinski

  • Cost: Free
  • When: All sessions meet from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., the second Thursday of every month.
  • Where: Banner Thunderbird Medical Center's Navajo Room, west campus
  • Registration:  Call (602) 230-2273 (230-CARE) to reserve your seat. It is not required but it is suggested so we can let you know if there are any last minute changes.

Grief Support Group
The Grief Recovery® Outreach Programs are 12-week educational programs guiding participants in the return to a full life. There are four open sessions where new members are welcome to join and then eight closed sessions. Participants follow a step-by-step approach using a textbook and a structured format. This approach enables one to regain a sense of meaning, value and joy even though life is different than before the loss occurred. Click on the link above for sign up information and dates.

New Moms Postpartum Support Group
The New Support Group is a time of sharing and support.  It is a place to discuss the challenges and rewards of motherhood, as well as a safe place to openly share postpartum concerns and issues. This group is led by experienced nurses/mothers. Monthly daytime meetings and follow-up appointments are also available

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Every second and fourth Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Location varies in the hospital
  • Call: Please call (602) 865-5908 for more information.   

An open meeting for family members of alcoholics.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Every Saturday from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Sedona Room


Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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