Circle of Friends Support Groups

Circle of Friends® Support Groups

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” support groups to encourage the creation of local support networks for patients and families within the broader histiocytic community. Circle of Friends support 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 support group 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® Support Groups

If you are interested in hosting a Circle of Friends support group in your area, contact


More dates and comes to be added soon!

Host Highlight

Meet Lili, our first Circle of Friends Support Group host in Mexico!

Previously Held Circle of Friends® Support Groups

Phoenix, AZ 
Host: Suzanna Standring
Last Meeting: Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vienna, VA Area

Host: Jennifer Bryan
Last Meeting: October 22, 2016 

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

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

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

New York City, NY Area
Host: Josephine Murray
Last Meeting:  September 20, 2015 

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

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

Seattle, WA Area

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

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

Williamsburg, MI Area

Host: Jennifer Ray
Last Meeting: April 26,2014

Springfield, MO Area
Host: Dave Harbison
Last Meeting: November 9, 2013

Bronx, NY Area
Host: Josephine Murray
Last Meeting: October 6, 2013

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

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

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