Through collaboration with Cancer Connection, University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) has trained volunteers available to offer individualized peer support to UMCB Cancer patients and their caregivers. Peer volunteers make routine visits to patients onsite at UMCB and the Shivers Cancer Center and may also engage in one on one individual matches with patients and caregivers.
UMCB Cancer Connection Peer Volunteers understand the questions and fears one might experience because they have had them as well. In addition to qualifying as a UMCB volunteer, cancer peer volunteers complete Cancer Connection's 10 hour specialized peer training program which provides them with the tools to be effective in their role of providing support and encouragement. This training also provides volunteers with communication skills that are helpful in many aspects of everyday life. Cancer Connection volunteers are not serving as health professionals, but are compassionate individuals who are eager to help because they understand what the participant is going through.
To become a Cancer Connection Peer Volunteer at UMCB you must be at least six months past treatment or providing direct caregiving, have strong interpersonal skills, be emotionally ready to participate in a mentoring relationship, and be willing to commit to a regular hospital visitation schedule for a up to 12 months.