Do you want to provide support to another patient, survivor, or a caregiver affected by lung cancer? A collaboration between Free to Breathe and Cancer Hope Network gives you the opportunity to be trained to become a support volunteer cancer survivor.
You must be a cancer survivor or co-survivor/family caregiver, post treatment for at least one year. You could also be on maintenance therapy as treatment for a chronic condition. Volunteers must also be at least 18 years of age. You should possess a positive attitude, good listening skills, and be willing to share your cancer experience. A volunteer orientation and training session is required.
After a short training process, you will be matched with patients and/or family members. You determine how often you would like to be matched based upon your life situation and commitments.
Because the volunteer work is done primarily over the telephone, you can give support and make a difference from the comfort of your own home. Essentially, you will provide emotional support to someone who is walking a journey that may reflect some of your own experiences. Your background puts you in a position to uniquely understand what patients and their loved ones are facing after receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer.
Patients and volunteers are matched according to similarity of their diagnosis, treatments and side effects. Age, gender and geographic location are considered as well. This careful matching process builds trust and understanding, and helps the patients and volunteer relate on a common level.
Submit this interest form and someone from Cancer Hope Network will reach out to you to discuss the opportunity.
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