As cancer survivors, we build strong bonds and sometimes, new friendships. We need all the support we can get and it’s in the giving and receiving of our time and information that we become stronger.
Facing cancer with someone who‘s “been there” adds a new dimension of hope and possibility of recovery.
- Friend for Life’s basic premise is that the person most empathic to the concerns of the person recently diagnosed with cancer would be a cancer survivor.
- Volunteers are trained by healthcare professionals to prepare them to assist with the initial emotional, psychological and practical uncertainties posed by a cancer diagnosis.
- Survivor-volunteers bring a unique perspective and sensitivity to patient and family at a time of great apprehension and vulnerability.
- Callers are matched with FFL volunteers by diagnosis and course of treatment and, to the extent possible, by age and gender.
As of January, 2018 Friend for Life had 380 active volunteers.