ACF Volunteer Caregiver

Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation ("ACF") Peer Caregiver. Your commitment to support someone (a "Caregiver") who is helping an anal cancer patient (we call them "Thrivers") will make an enormous difference in that person's life and the lives of his or her friends and family. At the ACF, we believe Thrivers and their Caregivers will embrace treatment more thoroughly, will become better health advocates and will be more aware of their options because of Peer Caregivers like you. Peer Caregivers empower them with the resources, information and emotional support to thrive. We do not give medical advice, but we listen, question, and help caregivers understand what they are facing. Your support of others going through a journey similar to your own is an exceptional display of caring and compassion.
In order to be a Peer Caregiver, we recommend that you be at least six months beyond your loved one's treatment to begin training. To become a Peer Caregiver, you must complete ACF's Peer Caregiver Volunteer Application, review the ACF Peer Training Manual and be interviewed by an ACF staff person. We anticipate adding additional training and support resources over time. You will then be matched with participants on the basis of demographic information, cancer history, treatment, etc. Your responses to the application will help us match you with Caregivers of anal cancer patients ("Thrivers"). All information is confidential and is never shared outside of the ACF with anyone except a matched participant, with the consent of the peer. Peer Caregivers remain in the database and will be contacted when a Caregiver seeking support registers as a match. Thank You!

Contact Information

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Home
Work
Mobile
Home
Work
(We are committed to your privacy and your email(s) will never be shared with an outside party other than your match without your permission)
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Afternoon
Evening
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Demographic Information

** We ask the following information to best match you with a peer. While most demographic questions are listed as optional, the more information you give the more effective the match. **
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Caregiver Information

** The questions on this page are related to your caregiving experience. The more information you give, the better the match. **
Took my loved one to appointments
Provided physical support (i.e., helping with ostomy care, bathing and cleaning)
Spoke with physicians on behalf of my loved one
Helped my loved one to make medical decisions
Provided monetary support
Administered all necessary "at home" medications (i.e., pain killers)
Provided 24 hour care for my loved one
Other
Caregiver Pride
Residential Move
Missed work/wages
Job loss
Depression
Isolation
Stress
Change in relationship status (i.e., divorce, marriage or new/changed partner)
Other
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Cancer Information - Part 1

** The following questions are related to the anal cancer thriver you cared for in order to match you with a fellow caregiver who had a similar experience. The more information you give, the better the match. **
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Not Sure
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Not Sure
Chemotherapy
Wait and watch
Radiation
Alternative treatment
Clinical trial
Other
Surgery
5-fluorouracil (5-FU)
Mitomycin
Cisplatin
Cetuximab
Other chemotherapy drugs
Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
Conformal radiation therapy (CRT)
Other radiation therapy

Cancer Information - Part 2

** The more information you give, the better the match. **
Allergic reactions
Burns
Infection
Skin irritation
Anxiety
Depression
Lymphedema
Urinary issues
Bone pain
Fertility changes
Neuropathy
Other side effects
Bowel mgmt
Hair loss
Sexual dysfunction
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Family

Caregiver Family
Some participants want to be matched with peers who also have kids. Please feel out the following if applicable.
Anal Cancer Thriver Family

Support Questions

Want to give back and help others
Wish I had help from someone who understood what I was going through during my caregiver experience
Want friendship and/or companionship
In honor or in memory of someone
For religious or spiritual reasons
Help me through my healing process
Email
Phone
Video Chat
Text Messaging
In Person
Experience with caregiving during and post treatment
Parenting and caregiving
Communicating with family and friends
Sex/dating/relationships/intimacy
Changes to diet
Working during my loved one's treatment
Complementary/Integrative therapies for my loved one's treatment
Adjusting to life after caregiving
Hospice and end of life care
Other

Terms of Use

I hereby confirm that the information provided in the above application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that false information may disqualify me from consideration as a volunteer. My act of filling out the aforementioned form gives my consent to perform a background check. I will consider all information that I gain in my volunteer position to be confidential. I understand that my volunteer service will be terminated in an event of breach of confidentiality.
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The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation ("ACF") is a not-for-profit organization that provides peer support assistance by connecting people who are currently fighting anal cancer (each, a "Thriver") with another individual who has faced anal cancer, in his or her lifetime (each, a "Peer Mentor"). Oftentimes, a family member or friend of a Thriver will seek support from ACF (each, a "Caregiver") and ACF gladly pairs them with someone else who has supported a person with anal cancer (each, a "Peer Caregiver" and together Thrivers, Caregivers, Peer Mentors, and Peer Caregivers, "Participants"). ACF's Peer Support Program gives each Thriver and/or Caregiver a chance to ask personal questions and express his or her worries and frustrations to, while receiving encouragement and support from, someone who is uniquely familiar with the challenges that Thrivers and/or Caregivers face.
Peer Mentors and Peer Caregivers are volunteer-mentors only and donate their time and energy to ACF and to the Thrivers and Caregivers with whom they develop contacts and relationships. Participants (Peer Mentors and Peer Caregivers or otherwise) are not, and are not part of the ACF network to act as, licensed medical or mental health/healthcare professionals. ACF's policy and express instruction to each Participant is that no Participant may recommend nor endorse any specific medical or non-medical tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information to another Participant or otherwise give 'medical' advice to another Participant. Further, no Participant should ever construe anything relayed to him or her by any other Participant as medical advice, recommendation, or opinion. The sole purpose of the relationships set up through ACF is the offering and receipt of cancer support. Under no circumstance should any Participant solicit or offer professional, financial, medical, or other similar advice or assistance from or to, respectively, another Participant.
By answering the question below, you (a Participant) expressly indicate your understanding that the relationships established among any of the Participants are founded, and should be based solely on support (as indicated herein) and are not intended to be substitutes for professional treatment, advice, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition, whether it be yours or another person's. Please do not disregard professional medical advice you have received from your doctors or delay in seeking professional medical advice because of a communication with another ACF member (Thriver, Caregiver, Peer Mentor, Peer Caregiver, or any ACF officer, director, employee, or other volunteer) or because of something you have read on our website. The content of ACF's website (www.analcancerfoundation.org) is only to be read and/or used for informational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional treatment, advice, or diagnosis. If at any time you have reason to believe you or a loved one may have a medical emergency or feel that you or a loved one need medical attention, please either call 911, go to the emergency room, and/or call your or their doctor, as appropriate, immediately.
We at the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation are excited that you have found your way to our support network and look forward to the relationship that we will share with you.
PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF MINORS (UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE)
If the Participant is a minor (child under the age of 18 years) the undersigned parent and/or natural guardian or legal guardian of such Participant does hereby represent that he/she is, in fact, acting in such capacity and agrees that he/se has read these terms and conditions and understands the policies of the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation laid out herein.
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Please complete the application and submit online, or mail the hard copy version to:


The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 232 · New York, NY 10272
Or
The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation
7 Albert Mews, Albert Road · London, UK N43RD


For more information or help with the application, call us at 646-593-7739 (US)
or 0-208-133-0739(UK). You can also email us at info@analcancerfoundation.org