Our Volunteers

“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, 2016 Friend for Life had 297 active volunteers.

Our volunteers represent survival and/or co-survival of the following cancer types:

Brain: Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Grade II Astrocytoma, Pineal Blastoma
Caregiver: Spouses, children, parents with various cancers
Colorectal: Stages I - IV, Epithelial tumor, adenocarcinoma
Gastric: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)
Head & Neck: Larynx, Lymphoepithelioma, Oral, Salivary Gland, Throat, Tonsil
Hodgkins Lymphoma: Stages I - IIIB, Nodular Sclerosis
Kidney: Stage IV
Leukemia: ALL, CML, Hairy cell, APL
Liver: Hepatoma, Fibrolamellar
Lung: Small cell, Non-small cell, Squamous Cell, Adenocarcinoma, Stages I-IIIc
Lymphoma: Non-Hodgkins, Burkitt's, Cutaneous T-Cell, Diffuse Histiocytic, Follicular, Large Cell, Nodular Sclerosis, Diffuse B-Cell, Primary CNS, Stages I-IV
Multiple myeloma
Other: Fibrous Hystiocytoma, Carney's Triad, Cholangiocarcinoma
Ovarian: Stages I-IV, Dysgerminoma, Epithelial Mucinous, mixed element (Endometrial carcinoma & Sarcoma), Juvenile Granulosa Cell
Sarcomas: Chondrosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Liposarcoma, Synovial Sarcoma
Thyroid: Papillary, Papillary follicular mix

Additional Volunteer Characteristics
Languages spoken (in addition to English): Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Creole