Circle of Friends


The histiocytic disorders are formidable enemies, and the diagnosis of these rare diseases can be bewildering, frightening and isolating. The need to connect with other patients and families who share the fight is immeasurable.

In 2010, the Histiocytosis Association established “Circle of Friends” to encourage the creation of local support networks for patients and families within the broader histiocytic community. Circle of Friends groups meet regularly to provide one another with emotional support and offer practical coping skills and strategies. By sharing knowledge and experiences, patients and families can find strength, understanding and comfort. Circle of Friends meetings are hosted by Association volunteers who receive guidance and training from the Histiocytosis Association. These member-run, self-help groups are now operating in cities and towns across the United States.

Upcoming Circle of Friends

Houston, TX Area
Host: Amanda Washburn
Last Meeting: March 1, 2015
Next Meeting: July 12, 2015

Previously Held Circle of Friends

Frisco, TX Area
Host: Mandi Rowley
Last Meeting: September 20, 2014
Next Meeting: TBD

Maumelle, AR Area
Host: Kaitlin Heaps
Last Meeting: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Next Meeting: TBD

New York City, NY Area
Host: Josephine Murray
Last Meeting: June 28, 2015 
Next Meeting: TBD

Polanco, Mexico City Area
Host: Lil Gormes
Last  Meeting: June 5, 2015
Next Meeting: TBD

Tacoma, WA Area
Host: Zachary Altenau
Last Meeting: September 20, 2014 
Next Meeting: TBD

Seattle, WA Area

Host: Zachary Altenau
Last Meeting: September 20, 2014 in Tacoma, WA
Next Meeting: TBD

Waipahu, HI Area
Host: Holly Ann Cruz
Last Meeting: March 15, 2014
Next Meeting: TBD

Williamsburg, MI Area

Host: Jennifer Ray
Last Meeting: April 26,2014
Next Meeting: TBD

Springfield, MO Area

Host: Dave Harbison
Last Meeting: November 9, 2013
Next Meeting: TBD

Bronx, NY Area
Host: Josephine Murray
Last Meeting: October 6, 2013
Next Meeting: June 28, 2015 (See New York City, NY Area)

Charlotte/Concord, NC Area
Host: Theresa Rosa Corey
Last Meeting: April 12,2014
Next Meeting: TBD

If you don't see a Circle of Friends near you, consider starting one in your area! Visit the Become a Volunteer page for more details.

See where meetings took place in 2011 and 2012.

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