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    CHRC Cancer Buddy Program

    The Community Health Resource Center’s Cancer Buddy Program matches volunteers, who are themselves cancer survivors, with newly diagnosed cancer patients. Even in the context of outstanding medical and psychosocial treatment from professional staff, including oncologists, skilled nurses and psychological support services, it is rare that a patient is able to speak leisurely and honestly with a cancer survivor; someone who understands cancer from the inside, as no one else can. Volunteers will be properly screened, trained, and provided on-going in-service and supportive gatherings to foster learning, share knowledge, and process their experiences as a ‘cancer mentor.’ Facilitating these types of relationships that are based on the kinds of wisdom that only experience can create builds confidence and community in unique and meaningful ways.

    Types of Communication

    The volunteers communicate with the newly diagnosed patients via phone, e-mail, and face-to-face visits at the Community Health Resource Center office.

    Minimum Requirement

    • Volunteers must be in cancer remission for at least one year.
    • There is no minimum hourly requirement per week.
    • The program requires a one year commitment.

    More Information

    Call 923-3155 or email cpmcchrc@sutterhealth.org for more information or to volunteer.