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Support groups provide a place for individuals affected by a similar condition or circumstance to provide and receive support and share their experiences.

Not all support groups are facilitated by an American Liver Foundation volunteer. Some support groups are facilitated by 3rd party organizations and individuals in this region.

For resources in Michigan, please follow this link

http://www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/michigan/resources/


Alpha-1 Support Groups

Cambridge, Illinois

Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group - Open Arms Alpha-1 Support Group

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check www.alpha1.org

Contact Jackie English and Deb Burwell (Support Group Leaders) for more information, http://www.alpha1.org/Alphas-Friends-Family/Support/Support-Groups

Phone: 309-714-9427

309-863-0888

Web: www.alpha1.org

Email: jackieenglish@live.com

openarmsforalpha1@gmail.com


Wood Dale, Illinois

Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group - Chicagoland Alpha-1 Support Group

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check www.alpha1.org

Contact Dawn Bailey (Support Group Leader) for more information, http://www.alpha1.org/Alphas-Friends-Family/Support/Support-Groups

Phone: 708-774-3529

Web: www.alpha1.org

Email: chicagoalphas@live.com


Rockford, Illinois

Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group - Alphas of Northern Illinois

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check www.alpha1.org

Contact Mike Dobbs (Support Group Leader) for more information, http://www.alpha1.org/Alphas-Friends-Family/Support/Support-Groups

Phone: 815-222-9081

Web: www.alpha1.org

Email: mjsd2001@msn.com


Detroit, Michigan

Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group - East Side Alphas

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check www.alpha1.org

Contact Jeannette Therrian (Support Group Leader) for more information, http://www.alpha1.org/Alphas-Friends-Family/Support/Support-Groups

Phone: 248-736-5804

Web: www.alpha1.org

Email: jltherrian@live.com


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Alpha-1 Foundation Support Group – Alphas Ganders of West Michigan

Alpha-1 Foundation has over 80 Support Groups Nationwide for Liver and Lung affected Alphas. Please call for more information, including dates and times for support groups or please check www.alpha1.org

Contact Barbee Bennington (Support Group Leader) for more information, http://www.alpha1.org/Alphas-Friends-Family/Support/Support-Groups

Phone: 855-351- 6610

Web: www.alpha1.org

Email: bbennington@alpha1.org

 

Andersonville Support Group

First Evangelical Church - Directions
5255 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Meets: 7:00PM

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Please visit the website above for more information.

Contact Terry Enright for more information.

Web: www.hcvoutreach.com

 

Arlington Heights

Northwest Community Healthcare - Directions
800 W Central Rd, Mallard Room
Center for Specialty Medicine, LCI
Arlington Heights, IL

Meets: First Monday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Hep C outreach is a support group for people and/or family and friends of people with Hepatitis C. The group can provide emotional support and share information about the disease with people who have or have had Hepatitis C.

Click here to visit the HepC Outreach website!

Contact Debra Panarese for more information.

Phone: 847-253-8866
Email: deb72157@comcast.net

 

Central Illinois Transplant Support Group

- Directions
4001 Sandhill Road, #124
Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: 217-899-8036

 

Hepatitis C Teleconferences on Tuesday nights

Meets: Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm CST

Listen to speakers discuss various hepatitis C related topics,
followed by a question and answer session, and time to "chat."
Teleconference is free and confidential.

Web: http://www.hepcmo.org

 

Liver Support Group at Rush University Medical Center


937 North Atrium classroom
1653 W. Congress Pkwy.

Meets: Thursdays 3pm

This support group is for patients and their families who are waiting or recovering from liver transplant at Rush. The support group shares stories with one another and is facilitated by a chaplain and social worker. Call Carla Albergo, LSW, (312) 563-4223, with any questions.

Contact Carla Albergo (Rush University Medical Center) for more information.

Phone: (312) 563-4223

 

Metro Detroit Hepatitis C Support Group

Boulon Park, Outdoor Pavillion - Directions
3671 Crooks Road
Troy, MI 48084

Meets: The second Wednesday of every month

September 14, 2016, 6:30-8pm

October 12, 2016, 6:30-8pm

November 9, 2016, 6:30-8pm

December 14, 2016, 6:30-8pm

Phone: 248-321-4176
Web: www.facebook.com/groups/MetroDetroitHCV
Email: robert.wilson@acariahealth.com

 

Michigan Support Groups and Clinical Trials

Michigan

For support groups and clinical trials in Michigan, please follow this link

http://www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/michigan/resources/

 

New Beginnings-A support group for individuals living with liver disease

East Moline/Quad Cities

Contact Martin Schmidt for more information.

Phone: 309-792-1485

 

Chicago:
New Hepatits C Support Group Hosted by the University of Chicago and ALF

Crown Plaza Hotel - Directions
160 E. Huron
University of Chicago clinic; 9th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Meets: January 10, 2013

Contact Jacqueline Dominguez (American Liver Foundation) for more information.

Phone: 312-377-9030
Email: jdominguez@liverfoundation.org

 

Organ Transplant Support Group

Facebook

Click here for the Organ Transplant Support Group

This site is intended for informational purposes only. The American Liver Foundation (ALF) does not, under any circumstance, engage in the practice of medicine, recommend particular medical professionals or suggest or endorse treatments for specific individuals with liver disease.

Contact: Lisa Beyer

Email: lbeyer002@cfl.rr.com

 

Organ Transplant Support, Inc.

- Directions
PO Box 471
Naperville, IL 60566

Contact Chuck Felts, President for more information.

Phone: 630-527-8640
Email: organtransplantsupport@gmail.com

 

PBCers

The PBCers Organization is a wonderful source of education and support for those who suffer from Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and other autoimmune liver diseases.

Formed December 1, 1996, the PBCers is now the largest PBC online support group with almost 3,000 members worldwide. Family members and friends are encouraged to join and learn more about PBC.

Contact Ivette Williams for more information.

Phone: 773.779.7602
Email: idw87@aol.com

 

PSC

For additional resources:

www.pscpartners.org
www.psc-support.com
www.psc-literature.org

Contact Becky Long for more information.

Phone: 773-255-0428
Email: rr.long@yahoo.com

 

Transplant Support Group

- Directions
47 W Polk Street, Suite 100-140
Chicago, IL

Phone: 800-494-4527
Web: www.americantransplant.org

 

Transplant Support Group of Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois Medical Center - Directions
4201 MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE
McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 815-477-9528

 

Winfield (formerly Naperville & Geneva)

Central DuPage Hospital
25 N. Winfield Rd

Meets: First Thursday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Provides support for individuals and their family members who have experienced liver disease regardless of type or stage.

Contact Kelly Hofmann for more information.

Phone: 630.399.5709
Email: mth2@att.net

 

Page updated: June 7th, 2015