Linking Hope Cancer Peer Support Program
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have
to face it alone. Our Linking Hope Peer Support Program matches you with
a trained volunteer mentor who provides one-on-one support.
Your Linking Hope mentor will share his or her experience, answer your
questions and serve as a listening ear.
Matches are made based on diagnosis, treatment or other cancer-related
experiences. Hope Mentors are available to help no matter if you’re
newly diagnosed, in active treatment or survivorship.
Who benefits from Linking Hope?
The Linking Hope Peer Support Program provides emotional support and education
for people diagnosed with cancer. Via one-one-one conversations, peers
discuss topics like:
- Relationship concerns
- Running a business during cancer treatment
- Talking to young kids about a cancer diagnosis
- Telling coworkers about your diagnosis
- Personal experiences with specific treatments
Hope Mentors are also available for caregivers who may want to discuss
their loved one’s cancer journey.
Both mentees and volunteer mentors find that talking about their cancer
experiences with a peer can bring emotional and practical benefits and
help them feel they aren’t alone.
How can I get involved with the Linking Hope program?
To become a volunteer mentor or to be matched with a mentor, you’ll
complete an application. Mentors complete a brief online training session
before being matched with a peer.
If you request a peer mentor, the matching process takes about a week to
complete. The volunteer mentor will reach out to you by telephone or email.
To request a Linking Hope mentor, please complete the request form.
Meet the team
The Linking Hope Peer Support Program is offered through Lynn Cancer Institute’s
patient support services department.
Learn more about Linking Hope
To learn more, please call
561-955-5406 or email
Are Hope Mentors trained counselors?
No, Hope Mentors are not trained counselors. They are volunteers who share
their own experiences with cancer treatment. Mentors do not offer medical
advice or recommendations.
How often do peers speak?
Your volunteer mentor will connect with you two times over the course of
a month. You may communicate by phone or email.
Participants can share as much or as little information as they like.
All discussions are confidential.