Family Cancer Connect volunteers urgently needed

Wednesday 2 July, 2008

The Cancer Council urgently needs volunteers who have cared for a partner, family member or close friend with cancer to provide telephone support to others going through a similar experience.

Cancer Connect is a free and confidential telephone support program that links people affected by cancer to a trained volunteer who will listen to concerns. Demand for the service means more volunteers are needed to provide support.

Family Cancer Connect volunteer Bev Davis found the emotional and practical support given by the service invaluable after her daughter Caitlin was diagnosed with cancer at 4-years old.

"I found talking to close friends and medical professionals about my feelings and concerns difficult, as they hadn't been through the experience of having a child with a life threatening disease," Mrs Davis said.

"Cancer Connect gave me the opportunity to speak with someone who really understood what I was going through.

"I was able to talk without feeling like I was being judged or burdening family or friends," she said.

Caitlin is now 24 and Mrs Davis is helping other parents cope with their child's cancer diagnosis.

If you have supported and cared for someone with cancer and would like to offer invaluable support to others, please call 13 11 20, or email cancer.connect@cancervic.org.au.

Expressions of interest must be received by 30 August 2008.

Full training will be given to successful applicants. A minimum of 18 months must have passed since completion of cancer treatment or bereavement. See our cancer connect page for more information on this program.


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