You know better than anyone
Looking for a way to pay it forward? Join the Buddy Program®
As a survivor or caregiver, you know better than anyone else what it is like to go through treatment, how to deal with side effects, and how to manage all the emotions—highs and lows—that come with a cancer diagnosis. Share your experience and expertise by volunteering as a peer-to-peer Buddy to another patient, survivor, or family member.
Our certified Patient & Family Support Navigators are here to connect you with a vetted Buddy who has been through a similar diagnosis to offer meaningful and useful advice that helped them get through colorectal cancer.
Jennifer Jones, the first African-American Radio City Music Hall Rockette, is a stage III colon cancer survivor and a Buddy.
Jennifer became a Buddy to help those in the program know that they are not alone during their treatment and recovery. She joined because she felt if someone needed encouragement or support, someone should be there for them - by phone, email, or text. As relationships start to grow within the Buddy Program, Jennifer makes herself available because “life is important and we are worth more than the world could ever have wanted us to believe.”
Jennifer wants others to be a part of the Buddy Program because it's a win/win all around. The Buddy wins because they can connect with someone who has been through a comparable ordeal. Jennifer, and Buddies like her, win because they love being of service to others in this community by sharing what they have learned through their own personal experiences. The program wins because it connects patients and caregivers to survivors and caregivers that provide encouragement, support, and oftentimes, a listening ear.
In the end, we all win because Jennifer, Buddies, and The Alliance know that we are all in this together. NO ONE fights alone.
Read more about Jennifer’s personal colorectal cancer story in The New Engagement.