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Friend for Life Cancer Support Network (FFL) was established in 1988 as a non-profit organization of volunteers who offer one-on-one encouragement, compassionately and confidentially, to those just beginning cancer treatment. Facing cancer with someone who's been there adds a new dimension of hope and possibility of recovery.
Our basic premise is that the person most empathic to the concerns of the recently diagnosed cancer patient would be a recovered, recovering or in remission cancer patient. Volunteers are trained by healthcare professionals to prepare them to assist with the initial emotional, psychological and practical uncertainties posed by a cancer diagnosis. Survivor-volunteers bring a unique perspective and sensitivity to patient and family at a time of great apprehension and vulnerability. Callers are matched with FFL volunteers by diagnosis and course of treatment and, to the extent possible, by age and gender. No other organization in the area offers this form of one-on-one support. FFL receives referrals from the local medical community, the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and other local and national cancer resources. Currently, FFL has close to 300 volunteers ranging in age from 24 to 93.