Cancer survivor mentoring program seeks volunteers

By Anne-Gerard

Special to The Republican

SPRINGFIELD - Survivor Journeys Cancer Survivor Mentoring Program is holding a free informational meeting Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Samuel's Tavern, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 100 West Columbus Ave.

The program, an affiliation of Springfield Medical Associates' Primary Care Cancer Survivorship Program, was launched earlier this year and seeks to pair cancer survivors interested in providing one-on-one support with individuals facing a recent diagnosis.

Similar support is available for caregivers as well through mentors who have served as caregivers.

Dr. Jay Burton, an Enfield-based primary care physician, seven-year cancer survivor and founder of the local program under the direction of licensed clinical social worker Gloria Carleton, described it as in its "infancy" here, though the concept is a national one with health professionals working to match mentors and caregivers often through a coalition called Volunteer Management in Cancer Care.

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