Cancer can be scary! You are not only faced with a life altering diagnosis, but you also need to make treatment decisions, deal with side effects, and much more!
In 1988, an organization named Friend for Life was born to help persons recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience so they can face cancer with someone who’s been there.
Friend for Life is located in Baptist Hospital East’s Cancer Resource Center in Louisville, Kentucky. It began when two cancer survivors who were also friends reflected on how good it was to have the other to talk to even though their diagnosis was different. With the help of an influential nurse and the passion of these two men, Friend for Life started with just a handful of survivors in 1988. Now the organization has over 200 survivors representing survival of over 40 different kinds of cancer.
Friend for Life is the only one-on-one network of survivors of all types of cancer in Kentucky and southern Indiana. There is no cost for their support. People are matched based on their cancer type, treatment, age, gender, and any other pertinent factors that would help make the most appropriate match. If there isn’t an exact match available within their organization, they do our best to find a match with other similar organizations. Even though the organization is based in Kentucky, they provide support to anyone, anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to a phone or the Internet.
How can you help? Friend for Life volunteers are either cancer survivors or caregivers for someone close to them who had cancer. Volunteers speak with persons that are newly diagnosed mostly over the phone to help calm their fears. All volunteers are provided training by healthcare professionals.