The Cancer Coach Program connects Roswell Park patients with cancer survivors who know firsthand how a cancer diagnosis changes your life. Talking with someone who has lived with cancer can reduce anxiety and isolation. Cancer Coaches are trained volunteers who provide comfort and practical information for patients; however, they don’t provide medical advice.
This free program matches coaches with patients based on diagnosis, cancer type, stage, age and gender. To get a Cancer Coach or to become a Cancer Coach (cancer survivors two years or more out of treatment may apply), call Angela Braun at 716-845-4432 or fill out the appropriate form below.
It is simple to get a Cancer Coach:
- Stop into the Resource Center (located inside the cafeteria by the cash registers) or call 716-845-4432.
- We will ask you about your diagnosis and your contact preferences (i.e. phone, email, or in-person).
- We will match you with a Cancer Coach who shares your cancer experience.
Your Cancer Coach will contact you and help you through your journey with friendship, guidance, and support.
Interested in being a Cancer Coach?
Survivors who are out of treatment for two years are invited to apply to be a coach. New coaches attend an orientation session and on-going training events to help them in this important role. Once on-boarded, we will assign you a patient when a match is available. For more information please call 716-845-4432.
Are you a caregiver interested in providing support to other caregivers?
If you have cared for a cancer patient, you understand the challenges and the rewarding experience that comes with being a caregiver. We are currently recruiting Caregiver Coaches to provide support for caregivers of newly diagnosed patients. If you are interested in serving as a caregiver coach, please complete the Caregiver Coaching Support application. We will then contact you to discuss this important role.