For many survivors, sometimes the best support comes from connecting with others who have
traveled the cancer journey. You can do that by reading someone's stories, chatting online
or by email, or connecting with someone locally.
At UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center the patients are at the center of everything.
Please visit http://thenewfaceofcancercare.org/ to hear
their stories, which UNC-LCCC patients share to offer comfort and hope to those who are
Peer Connect is a confidential peer-support program that connects anyone touched by cancer
with another person whose experiences with cancer are similar. The program is free of
charge. A participant in this program will be matched with either a cancer survivor or
experienced caregiver, based on the participant's life circumstances. Once a match is made,
the volunteer will contact the new participant. The individuals may correspond in a few
phone calls or develop a long-lasting relationship. The trained volunteer will provide a
listening ear, serve as a sounding board to express hopes and fears, and recommend helpful
information and resources. Peer Connect is open to anyone touched by any type of cancer —
the newly diagnosed, patients in active treatment, survivors, family members, close friends,
caregivers — anyone who needs the support of others who share similar experiences.
Peer Connect volunteers understand the questions and fears one might experience because
they have had them as well. They are trained in a nationally recognized peer training
program, which provides them with the tools to be effective in their role of providing
support and encouragement. This training will also provide volunteers with communication
skills that are helpful in many aspects of everyday life. Peer Connect volunteers are not
serving as health professionals, but are compassionate individuals who are eager to help
because they understand what the participant is going through.
All you need to do to start the process is fill out the form below, visit
call (919) 401-9333, or stop by Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. You will then be matched with a qualified
volunteer who will contact you to begin the Peer Connect journey.
To be a Peer Connect volunteer you must be at least one year past treatment or providing
direct caregiving, have strong interpersonal skills, be emotionally ready to participate in
a mentoring relationship, and be willing to commit to an active match for at least six
months. All you need to do to start the process is fill out the form below, visit
call (919) 401-9333, or stop by Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. You will then be contacted by the Peer