American Cancer Society seeks breast cancer survivors for Reach to Recovery Training

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A breast cancer diagnosis is a scary thing, but having someone there who has been through the same experience can be a tremendous support. The American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program provides that support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The program will grow and offer additional support with a training for new Reach to Recovery volunteers.

The American Cancer Society will train interested volunteers on Thursday, March 28 at 9 a.m. at the American Cancer Society Office, located at 10528 Kentshire Court in Baton Rouge.

The American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program matches volunteers who are breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, or anyone with a concern about breast cancer, to help them meet the emotional, physical and cosmetic needs related to the disease and its treatment.

Reach to Recovery volunteers are carefully chosen and trained by the American Cancer Society. Volunteers must be at least one year post-treatment for breast cancer and:

  • Be well-adjusted and emotionally stable
  • Have knowledge of personal ethics
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Participate in ongoing training updates

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. If you are a breast cancer survivor and are interested in becoming a Reach to Recovery Volunteer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at cancer.org.