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Greater Chicago Support Groups

Support Group

Support groups provide a forum to share thoughts, concerns and information. They are a great place to offer peer support and encouragement! Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.

Please RSVP: This schedule is subject to change. Before attending a group for the first time, please contact the support group leader to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone.


Highland Park

Dates/Times: 2017 meetings will be held from 10am - 12pm on the following days:

Saturday, May 13
Saturday, July 15
Saturday, September 9
Saturday, November 11 

Location: First Bank of Highland Park (Community Room)
1835 1st St.
Highland Park, IL 60035

Support Group Leader:  
Franny Kaplan - Meet Franny!
847-533-5075, nsscleroderma@gmail.com


Dates/Times: 10am - 12 pm, Last Saturday of each month.

Location: Riverside Medical Center (Board Room)
350 N. Wall St.
Kankakee, IL  60901

Support Group Leader:
Cathy Crego - 
Meet Cathy!815-228-2398, cdada@sbcglobal.net 


Dates/Times: 2017 meetings will be held  from 10am - 12pm on the following days:

Saturday, May 13 
Saturday, July 8 
Saturday, September 9 
Saturday, November 11

Special meeting: Tuesday, May 16, 6-8pm

Location: Grace United Methodist Church (Room 231)
300 E. Gartner Rd.
Naperville, IL 60540

Support Group Leader:
Edie Northfield - Meet Edie!630-212-3057, NaperSclerodermaSG@yahoo.com 

Central Illinois (Decatur/Springfield) - NEW!

Dates/Times: 2017 meetings will be held from 9-11am on the following days:

Saturday, August 5
Saturday, October 7
Saturday, December 2

Location: Panera Bread
255 E Ash Ave
Decatur, IL 62526

Support Group Leader: 
Aissa Norris - Meet Aissa! - 217-853-6058, 1912barn@gmail.com


Green Bay/Northeast Wisconsin

Dates/Times: 2017 meetings will be held from 1-3pm on the following days:

Wednesday, April 12
Wednesday, May 10
Wednesday, June 14
Wednesday, July 12
Wednesday, August 9
Wednesday, September 13
Wednesday October 11
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, December 13

Location: Bellin Family Wellness and Medical Center 
3263 Eaton Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54311

Support Group Leader:
Valarie Hutchison, 920-544-9676, hutchresource@gmail.com

Milwaukee Area

Dates/Times: 2017 meetings will be held from 10am-12pm on:

Saturday, April 29
Saturday, June 17
Saturday, August 19
Saturday, October 21
Saturday, December 16

Location: Froedtert Hospital (Community Conference Room 2)
8700 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Community Conference Room 2 located in the Wisconsin Athletic Club building. Enter building on the 87th Street side and look for Community Conference Room entrance.

Support Group Leader:
Kelly Kohls, sclerodermamilw@gmail.com

Madison Area

Dates/Times: 2017 meetings will be held from 1-3pm on the following days:

Saturday, May 13
Saturday, July 15
Saturday, September 16
Saturday, November 18 

Location: Meadowridge Library (Blue room)
5726 Raymond Rd.
Madison, WI 53711

Support Group Leader:
Jennifer Meier, sclerodermagroupmsn@gmail.com


Northwest Indiana (Not Meeting)

*This support group is currently taking a brief break. Check back for more information!*
Dates/Times: Third Saturday of every month 
Location: Hammond Public Library, 564 State St., Hammond, IN 46320

For more information and to be notified when the support group resumes, please contact us at gcchapter@scleroderma.org.


Peru/Illinois Valley
Contact: Lynn Schmidt
Phone: 815-539-5897
Email: illinoisvalley@scleroderma.org


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