Maine Buddy Program
Emotional Support from someone who’s been there
If you live in Maine and you are facing your own or a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, the Maine Buddy Program can help. The program matches cancer patients with a new diagnosis with a cancer mentor who can provide peer support. Mentors are volunteers who have had cancer, are at least six months into remission, and are ready to provide emotional support to others. All mentors complete a specialized training program.
How does a cancer mentor help?
- Mentors are there to listen to you, even on your darkest day.
- Mentors use their unique perspective to provide support, hope and encouragement.
- Mentors help allay fears, talk through concerns, discuss available cancer support resources, and provide reassurance.
- Mentors share their cancer stories and coping strategies.
Be a Cancer Buddy
Cancer Buddies are people who have been through their own cancer experience and are trained to provide support, encouragement, and understanding to others. The Maine Buddy Program offers flexibility for both mentors and the people with whom they are matched.
If you are six months out of active cancer treatment and feel ready to give back, email the Center with the following information:
- Your resume and/or relevant experience
- An explanation of why you want to become a cancer mentor – What draws you to this position?
- A description of the strengths you have to offer as a cancer mentor