Meet Ups & Groups

“Meet Ups” provide a platform for young adults living with and surviving cancer to get together and meet others going through a similar experience. They engage young adults and their loved ones in organic conversation about the emotional, psychological, and practical “real-life” challenges that cancer presents.

UCF’s meet ups & support groups are facilitated by UCF team members or professional social workers with expertise and experience in organizing and running groups.

Since inception, UCF has proudly started more than fifteen young adult  groups nationwide in partnership with various organizations including Gildas Club, The Wellness Community, and the Y of Central Maryland.


“Where YA Meet!”

“Where YA Meet!” | Baltimore, MD & Annapolis, MD
“Where YA Meet” is a monthly social get-together for young adults (ages 15 through 39) who are currently in treatment for cancer or post-treatment. Through guest speakers, social activities, and community excursions, “Where YA Meet” aims to connect, engage, and build support and camaraderie among young adults. Where YA Meet is held twice a month (once in Baltimore and once in Annapolis). Location varies based on the monthly social activity. Dinner, snacks, and/or light fare will be served. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest. RSVPs are required.

UPCOMING “WHERE YA MEET!” Events:

Annapolis Where YA Meet: Tuesday August 14th, Capital SUP in Downtown Annapolis

Baltimore Where YA Meet: Tuesday July 24th 6:30pm-8:00pm Succulent Planting at UCF headquarters

Please RSVP to Lauriann Parker (lparker@ulmanfund.org) if you are interested in attending both or either of these events.

Questions about “Where YA Meet?” Email Lauriann Parker at lparker@ulmanfund.org / 410.964.0202 x 105.

 


Caring for Caregivers

Caring for Caregivers | Baltimore, MD
“Caring for Caregivers” is a monthly supportive gathering for caregivers of YA’s in/post treatment for cancer.  Through guest speakers, social activities, and community excursions, “Caring for Caregivers” aims to connect, engage, and build support and camaraderie among caregivers of YA’s. “Caring for Caregivers” is held at the same time and place as Where YA Meet but is a separate break-out group. Location varies based on the monthly social activity. Dinner, snacks, and/or light fare will be served. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest. RSVPs are required.

UPCOMING “Caring for Caregivers” Events:

Caring for Caregivers: Tuesday July 24th 6:30pm-8:00pm at UCF Headquarters

Please RSVP to Lauriann Parker lparker@ulmanfund.org

 


UCF Partner Meet Ups & Groups

Young adults dealing with life-threatening illness face issues specific to their age group. Studies show young people facing cancer benefit greatly from discussing concerns such as independence, dating, and fertility with similarly situated peers. Below are UCF-supported and endorsed groups to help young adults cope with many of the challenges they face throughout their cancer experience. 

Young Adult Cancer Meet Up | Columbia, MD
Meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Century Mental Health | 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 101 | Columbia, MD 21044
Contact Tamara Lubliner for a brief consultation: (410) 730-0552.

DC Young Adult Cancer Community | Washington, DC
Meets weekly on Monday from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
This weekly support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. The group is a closed group, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month. 

Location: Smith Center for Healing & the Arts | 1632 U Street NW | Washington, DC 20009. Facilitated by Jennifer Bires, LCSW & Cheryl Hughes, LCSW/OSW-C. RSVP to Kiersten or Ali at (202) 483-0600.

DC Young Adult Cancer Meet Up & Support Group | Washington, DC
Meets each month from 5:00 – 6:30PM (see website for dates)
Location: Smith Center for Healing & the Arts | 1632 U Street NW | Washington, DC 20009. Facilitated by Jennifer Bires, LCSW & Cheryl Hughes, LCSW/OSW-C. Visit www.smithcenter.org or call (202) 483-0600 to register.

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation: Parent Support Group | Baltimore, MD

The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults invite parents of adolescent and young adult survivors to a gathering of other parents who have been there. Come share conversation, resources, challenges, triumphs, worries, joys and frustrations of being the parent of an adolescent /young adult survivor.
Please contact Kate Shafer, LICSW  at kshafer@cbtr.org or 202 595-3656 for more information and to sign up for this meeting.