Survivor Journeys launches cancer survivor mentoring program

SPRINGFIELD – Area non-profit Survivor Journeys is launching its Cancer Survivor Mentoring Program with a free breakfast event March 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Baystate Medical Center’s Chestnut Conference Center, 759 Chestnut St.

Dr. Jay Burton, the organization’s founder and a cancer survivor, calls the program, which is not affiliated with any hospital, a first in the area, part of a growing trend and an expansion of what Survivor Journeys offers.

“No one type of emotional support can be expected to meet the personal needs of a cancer survivor or caregiver. Our cancer specific support groups, bereavement group, and pet therapy program provide fantastic emotional support to the people who are involved with them. However, some people might not feel comfortable with these type of support forms,” Burton said.

“The mentoring program provides another type of emotional support, using a one-on-one approach with mentors who have experienced cancer, it’s treatment, and…

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