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
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
Are Hope Mentors trained counselors?
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.