Who are cancer caregivers?
- 82 percent are female
- 71 percent are married
- 61 percent have been providing care for less than six months
- 54 percent live with the patient for whom they are caring
- 47 percent are more than 50 years old
- 36 percent reported caregiving took more than 40 hours of time per week
If you have stood beside a friend, family, coworker, loved one, neighbor, or anyone that needed your support while fighting cancer, you are a Cancer Caregiver. IA connects not only cancer fighters and survivors in 1-on-1 support relationships, but we also connect the caregivers that help them through the fight to share stories, support and care to each other. Have a unique story to share? You can impact another caregivers cancer experience by sharing.
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Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2010 with a great, busy week! Thus far, we’ve had 34 cancer fighters and 7 caregivers reach out for 1on1 support. We’ve completed 25 pair-up connections this week so far!
The pair-up that I would like to highlight is pretty unique. A 26 year old guy from Washington fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma reached out looking to connect not only with another Hodgkin’s survivor but someone who was an athlete, specifically, a cyclist. He wanted to chat with someone who got back on the bike while going through treatment. He had some questions about how long they waited, if they were able to ride while on treatment, etc… Well, we found him two great athlete survivors to chat with!
First, I connected him with “Wheels.” I met Wheels (her camp nickname) this past summer at First Descents. She was one of my closest buddies at camp and she lives in Colorado Springs, CO. She’s a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, had it while she was in her late 20’s and she’s 30 years old now – doing great, healthy again and finishing up her PhD in psychology. Wheels got her nickname because she’s a huge cyclist. On her time off, she’s also a training coach AND she won a national championship 11 months after her diagnosis.
Next, I connected him with another guy living in NY who had Hodgkin’s when he was 30 years old. He was also an athlete – he played hockey and lifted weights. I thought he could shed some light on his experience with balancing treatment and his sport guy-to-guy.
Needless to say, these were two great connections. We not only pair-up based on age, gender, cancer type and stage level but we also try to specialize the connection based on the needs of the cancer fighter. Perhaps someone is looking for another athlete, or someone who did alternative medicine, or maybe another single mom with kids. We always do our best to meet these needs.
Again, if you and/or someone you know has been touched by cancer – please don’t hesitate to reach out. The first step is to register online from our homepage please click on “GET CONNECTED.” We’d be happy to get you connected to another survivor and/or register you in our network so that you can help mentor-angel someone else who is newly diagnosed.
Wishing all of you a wonderful, healthy year in 2010!
Ethan Zohn, known as the winner of Survivor: Africa, is more than just a television personality. He co-founded Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, through a tailor-made curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention.
Diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s disease in April, Ethan has been an advocate for cancer awareness, publishing inspirational quotes and videos of his treatment and more.
To add depth to his public battle against cancer, his long-time girlfriend, Jenna Morasca, has created Zohn’s illness for Fancast, which is a collection of topics ranging from the feelings of responsibility that comes with being a caregiver, alternate therapy and experiences with chemotherapy.
Take a peek at her blog and http://www.ezohn.com/ to learn more about their journey.