Breast Cancer. Lung Cancer. Prostate Cancer. Metastasized Cancer.
Married. Single. Parents. Children.
Early this summer, CHN welcomed a new class of Support Volunteers. They’ve faced the challenges above and more. They’ve faced a variety of treatments, including chemotherapy, spinal radiation and robotic prostatectomy. They’ve found expertise in second options, strength in family and solace through counseling and support groups.
“When I wasn’t able to walk after treatment, I found talking to people made a difference. This is my next step in paying it forward,” says Kathy, a five-year metastatic breast cancer survivor. “I feel like I was saved to help others, to provide comfort. Sometimes its through a CHN match, others it’s a conversation in the grocery store.”
Greg, diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 49, is a staunch advocate of the importance of second opinions. A routine physical revealed slightly elevated PSA levels. Fortunately, his friend was a urologist and suggested they take a closer look. “That closer look likely saved my life,” he says. “I want to give back and provide first-hand knowledge and support that was so helpful to me.”
“Greg, Kathy and their fellow trainees join more than 400 CHN Support Volunteers already creating hope,” said Wanda Diak, CHN’s Executive Director and ovarian cancer survivor. “Their courage, honesty and good humor will help others facing cancer. Together, we’ll ensure no one faces cancer alone.”
CHN is delighted to introduce this fantastic group of volunteers:
- Ellen – Lung (adenocarcinoma, ALK+), stage 2
- Greg – Prostate (Gleason 9), stage 2
- Kathy – Breast, stage 4, with metastases to spine then liver
- Rita – Caregiver (to spouse and parent), breast cancer, Oncology nurse
For more information about Cancer Hope Network, or to be matched with a Support Volunteer, call 877-HOPENET (877.467.3637) or visit cancerhopenetwork.org
Cancer Hope Network provides free one-on-one emotional support to adult cancer patients and their caregivers. Each of our 400+ volunteers is at least one year post-treatment or successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. Support Volunteers have faced more than 80 types of cancer and speak 15 languages. They offer encouragement from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.