What is a Chemo Buddy? A Chemo Buddy is a volunteer who works in the chemotherapy treatment room directly with patients. The goal of the Chemo Buddies program is to make the treatment day a more comfortable experience physically, mentally and spiritually.
PHYSICALLY – Patients need helpers! Chemo Buddies fetch whatever patients may need! Perhaps a blanket, pillow, snack or beverage.
MENTALLY – A companion that is there for patients to talk to, relieve stress, and help patients stay focused on life giving thoughts. Also, equip patients with mind engaging activities on one of our iPads or Kindles to do things like surfing the web, reading books, watching movies or listening to music.
SPIRITUALLY – There are specific positions open for volunteer Prayer Chaplains. Prayer Chaplains are there to offer a simple, “How can I pray for you?” and help give hope and peace to those who are fighting for life.
**Volunteers are the heart of the Chemo Buddies program. The primary qualification for volunteering is compassion and a willingness to serve. Volunteers must complete a training and orientation class, and have a current TB test on file. You can serve in any time increment that works for you, (for example, one shift per month or per week) but the minimum shift for the treatment room is 3 hours. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, and not currently a chemotherapy patient.**