What We Do
Lending Hearts provides emotional, social and physical support to those living with cancer through the following free, unique and comprehensive services. Our programs provide age appropriate, emotional and supportive services for the patient and their families during the full journey of treatment and remission.
BE PART OF A COMMUNITY
Living with cancer is hard enough, you don’t have to go it alone. We know the balance between treatment and wellness is vital. Be part of a community that supports you and your family’s whole health. Lending Hearts provides social and emotional services to patients living with cancer, from treatment through remission. All services are free and do not require insurance.
Our wellness services address symptoms of stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea while complementing medical care. Our services include but are not limited to yoga, mindfulness & relaxation, nutrition, panel discussions, specific courses and more.
A little downward dog and sun salutation can help to promote relaxation and benefit your breathing, focus, and non-impact movement.
Most people think mindfulness and meditation is all about a mantra that clears your mind. That can be a piece of the puzzle, but there is so much more and it’s even easier and more beneficial than you think! Mindfulness can truly help anyone to focus on relaxation and peacefulness.
There is no doubt that the experience of dealing with cancer is one of the most stressful events that an individual or family can face. Having the support of others who have this shared experience can be incredibly comforting.
POSITIVITY AND RELAXATION TRAINING (P.A.R.T.)
This 9-week program provides participants with a toolkit of mind and body practices, as well as self-care interventions, all designed to help you relax, focus, and genuinely care for yourself in a holistic way.
The link between heart health and cancer is undeniable. This 4-week program gets to the heart of the matter – literally. Learning how your heart and brain communicate with one another can positively impact how we feel and perform.
It would be difficult to overstate how important good nutrition is for everyone involved in cancer treatment. Our monthly digital lessons are provided by a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist. Come learn how to fuel your recovery.
You have enough on your plate. Let us handle this part of your path to wellness. All of our services are free to you and your family.
no cost for services
We’ve developed methods to provide support and services that can make virtual contact more meaningful and engaging than ever before.
Many of our services are in hospitals and treatment centers, but we also love getting into the community.
We have a network of health and wellness professionals, other specialists and families all here to aid you in facing the impact of cancer.
FOR OUR PEDIATRIC FRIENDS
Like adults, children have their own needs and challenges when living with cancer. The need for mental, social, emotional and physical support, however, still exists. To provide this, Lending Hearts provides pediatric integrative wellness care within the oncology unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Due to COVID, we are temporarily unable to provide all services within the unit. We do, however, welcome children who are in treatment or in remission to participate in the virtual yoga, mindfulness and relaxation and nutrition services mentioned above.
As COVID restrictions ease, we look forward to resuming our monthly in-person family gatherings. These unique experiences allow families to come together to participate in that month’s outing while enjoying fellowship and fun in our Lending Hearts community.
Within the oncology unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Lending Hearts provides diffusers and a variety of doTerra essential oils for use while visiting.
Lending Hearts is pleased to offer Zenimals to patients in the oncology unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. These devices provided non-screen bedside support for relaxation and mindfulness.
To ease the burden of seeking lunch and leaving the bedside of child, Lending Hearts provides boxed lunches to families in the oncology unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Art therapy allows for creative expression to promote healing and mental well-being. It can be used to help explore emotions, develop self-awareness, manage stress, boost self-esteem and work on social skills.
MONTHLY FAMILY GATHERINGS
Each month, the families of Lending Hearts come together for special and unique experiences. Be sure to check our calendar or on our homepagefor our next event.
MONTHLY MYSTERY PACKAGES
During COVID, families have been receiving monthly mystery packages. These packages include all of the supplies for that month’s art therapy class as well as an extra unknown project, game or treat for that month.