Cancer patients and loved ones seeking a shoulder to lean on can count on a grassroots organization offering a non-conventional way to help.

Helping other patients emotionally or “HOPE” is a group of volunteers, cancer patients and cancer survivors who have offered psychological courses every Wednesday for the past 2 years at the McAllen Public Library.

The organization is funded by project insight and it supports those battling the disease by an approach that does not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs.

“That’s what we help people do to find their creative strength, their inner strength so they can go out in the world and be productive,” says Dr. Marsha Nelson, Project insight executive director.

The hope group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The McAllen Library located on the corner of 23rd street and Nolana Ave in McAllen.

Those interested do not need to make an appointment. The session meets in conference room B. For more information you can call (956) 383-6045.