Since I came to UCF a few months ago, I have gotten to be a part of some great events and have met amazing people. I say this all the time, but it’s true. I am truly fortunate to work with such a great group of people. In the past couple of months alone, I was privileged to experience the Blue Jeans Ball and the Team Fight Kick Off. We have so much momentum for our mission and the new year is just beginning. Both events were geared toward making people aware of our central goal; supporting patient navigation.
In order to better support our patient navigation program, UCF started developing the Peer Mentor Program last year and it is one of my goals to expand that program and get more young adult patients access to a peer mentor. Someone who can help these young people through a very hard time in their lives by offering them support and a connection to resources they might not have uncovered.
A peer mentor is a young adult cancer survivor who will act as a companion, resource guide, and advocate for a cancer patient in treatment. The mentor is continually building social, educational and emotional support for the fighter through personal experiences and resources of the UCF. A peer mentor needs to be enthusiastic about directly helping individuals and should feel comfortable in a hospital setting.
In the next few weeks, I am training several people who will be great additions to the peer mentor program. I can’t wait to get them all on board and working with our patients down at UMGCC.
The program is already expanding and I am so excited about the future. If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, reach out!! Training is ongoing and I schedule individual or small group sessions each week. I hope to hear from you soon!!!
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