If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are many resources available that can provide you with the strength and support you need. Survivor matching programs are one such resource.
Survivor matching programs match cancer patients with a survivor of the same type of cancer. These programs differ from support groups, which provide a setting where cancer patients of all types of cancers can talk with each other about living with cancer. Support groups can also be a wonderful resource to take advantage of, however, being matched with a survivor can give you a more personal relationship with one-on-one support as you go through cancer treatment.
Below are some programs that provide peer matching with a cancer survivor.
Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program is a free service of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). To request a trained peer volunteer, complete the online request form.
American Cancer Society: Reach to Recovery connects men and women with breast cancer to breast cancer survivors. You can search for a program in your area by visiting their website or request a volunteer by calling 800-227-2345.
Lung Cancer Alliance Phone Buddy Program matches patients with lung cancer with survivors as well as volunteers who are going through lung cancer treatment. This program also matches caregivers and family members with a buddy who can relate to their situation. To connect with a buddy, you can fill out the online application, call 800-298-2436, or email the support staff at email@example.com.
Colorectal Cancer Alliance Buddy Program matches a survivor with a colorectal cancer patient. Apply online or call 877-422-2030.
Cancer patients often benefit from receiving practical help and advice from those who have gone through similar situations. If you are a survivor looking to provide support to someone touched by cancer, consider volunteering to be a mentor by contacting one of the programs listed above. Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding opportunity and a chance to build quality relationships with people who need your help.