Forge’s unique Volunteer Peer Mentor program matches survivors and co-survivors with local, trained, and compassionate mentors who have “been there, too.” Because they have gone through a cancer diagnosis themselves or cared for someone who has, they are able to provide personal emotional and social support. They can also go the extra step of going to doctor’s appointments with you to hold your hand, be an extra set of ears, and take notes.
Research shows that cancer patients and survivors benefit most from one-to-one relationships with trained peers who are also breast cancer survivors themselves. That is why our program was created. Our goal at Forge is to empower, support, and improve your quality of life. We take special care to match you with someone who has your same diagnosis, treatment, or healthcare providers – whatever your preference may be.
And if you’re a caregiver, we have many trained volunteers who have also been caregivers for someone with breast cancer. They understand how much it takes to be a good caregiver and can be matched with you to provide you with the support you need, too.
If you live or treat in Alabama and would like to be paired with a peer mentor or would like to volunteer as a peer mentor, please contact Jinida Holt, Forge’s Volunteer and Support Coordinator at (205) 990-5368 or [email protected].