ACF Volunteer Thriver

Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation ("ACF") Peer Mentor. Your commitment to help someone living through an anal cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery will make an enormous difference in that person's life and the lives of his or her caregiver, friends and family. At the ACF, we believe patients will embrace their treatment more thoroughly, will become their own health advocates and will be more aware of their options because of Peer Mentors like you. Peer Mentors empower them with the resources, information and emotional support to thrive (thus we call them "Thrivers" rather than "Patients"). We do not give medical advice, but guide Thrivers to good sources of information to discuss with their medical team; we listen, question, and help Thrivers 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 Mentor, we recommend that you be at least six months beyond treatment to begin training. To become a Peer Mentor, you will complete ACF's Peer Mentor 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 Thrivers on the basis of demographic information, cancer history, treatment, etc. Your responses to the application will help us better match you with anal cancer patients. 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 Mentors remain in the database and will be contacted when a cancer fighter seeking support registers as a match. Thank You!

Contact Information

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(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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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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Cancer Information - Part 1

** The more information you give, the better the match. **
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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 & Complementary Therapies

Family
Some participants want to be matched with peers who also have kids. Please fill out the following if applicable.
Complementary/Integrative Therapies
Art Therapy
Focusing
Natural Products
Spirituality and Prayer
Acupuncture
Hypnosis
Pet Therapy
Support Groups
Aromatherapy
Journaling
Physical Therapy
Therapeutic Touch
Chiropractic Therapy
Massage
Psychotherapy
Tai Chi
Diet and Nutrition
Meditation
Reiki
Yoga
Exercise
Music Therapy
Shiatsu

Support Questions

Want to give back and help others
Wish I had help from someone who understood what I was going through during my cancer 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
Their experience with a particular treatment and/or side effects
Parenting and cancer
Communicating with family and friends
Sex/dating/relationships/intimacy
Changes to diet
Working during treatment
Complementary/Integrative therapies
Adjusting to life after cancer
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