The goal of Reach To Recovery is that all persons facing breast cancer will receive the information and support they need throughout their breast cancer experience. Breast cancer survivors visit with patients to offer support at various points along the continuum of care including diagnosis, decision making about treatment, during treatment, returning to life after treatment, and confronting any long-term effects or issues.
Whenever possible, the program "matches" the patient with a volunteer who has had a similar breast cancer experience, including their surgery and treatment, and many have other things in common such as age and families.
There will be a volunteer training in Sioux Falls, April 14, for Reach To Recovery volunteers. For more information about becoming an American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery volunteer, please contact Lisa Hjerm-stad at 800-660-7703 ext. 3550.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the society has 13 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.