If you are facing your own or a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, or if you are grieving a loss to cancer, the Maine Buddy Program can help. The statewide, one-to-one program provides an important complement to support provided by family and friends by connecting you with a trained volunteer who has “been there” in a similar cancer experience.
How can a Buddy help?
- Buddies can use their unique perspective to provide support, hope, and encouragement as you move through your or your loved one’s cancer journey or grief process.
- Buddies can provide an opportunity for sharing information and for talking through treatment options and other decisions.
- Buddies can share their own cancer stories and strategies for coping.
How does the program work?
- Because everyone’s needs for support are different, the program is flexible, connecting people in many ways.
- Buddies are available at any stage of the treatment or loss experience.
- Matches can be made using a wide variety of individual criteria, including but not limited to, the type of cancer or treatment, age, and geographic location.
- Buddies can choose to talk over the telephone or they can agree to meet in person, if possible.
- You can talk with a Buddy once, or stay in contact for a period of many months.
For information on finding a Buddy, please call Jani at the Cancer Community Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.” ~ Chinese proverb
“My Buddy and I hit it off from day one. What a godsend she was. I will be forever grateful for her support! So, I guess you can say that she made a really big impact on my day to day living. I certainly hope the Maine Buddy Program continues because people that go through what I went through need people like my Buddy! At some point, I think I would consider training to become a “Buddy” to someone who will be walking in my shoes, and hopefully, I would be as inspirational as my Buddy was to me.”