Learning you have cancer can be overwhelming – leaving you feeling frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey. Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor, and Your Care Everywhere‘s Daniel Hart joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss the life-changing program. View their segment here.

Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute. After diagnosis, there are often three groups of people who are “angels” in your life: your oncologist, your oncology nurse and your friends and family. The 4th Angel Program matches you to a specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor who becomes your fourth “angel” to provide support in your journey to recovery.

4th Angels have insights in a way no one else can, having experienced all of the ups and downs of cancer firsthand that allows them to best empower their mentees with knowledge, awareness and hope. The program is telephone-based, allowing connections to form anywhere in the country with mentors and mentees paired as closely as possible with respect to diagnosis, gender and age.

To be matched with an angel through the program, you simply need to submit a request through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program website and complete a brief phone interview. Any adult with cancer or who is caring for a person with cancer is eligible to be matched with a mentor.

For more information on the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, visit 4thAngel.org.

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