We stopped by to talk with Franklin resident, Cindy Hamilton, a 42-year-old mother of two children who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. She shared with us after her diagnosis that is was the 4th Angel Mentoring Program that made all of the difference for her.
Cindy and her family were distraught, and while they knew they needed a second opinion, they didn’t know a way to get one. “Who do you call when you know nothing about the disease you’ve just been diagnosed with?” said Cindy. “After hearing about the Cleveland Clinic’s 4th Angel mentoring program, I thought why not, without expecting anything.”
Before the end of the week, Cindy was connected with her 4th Angel, a woman who is a ten-year survivor of same cancer, same stage, and same diagnosis. “My mentor has been a gift to me and my family. She explained treatment options and doctor and facility recommendations that I wouldn’t have known were available. Most importantly, she showed me that there ARE people that have survived my type of cancer, giving me much needed hope and a reason to keep fighting.”
“There’s one thing that every cancer patient has in common. They just want more and better options, and the support to help them go through it,” said Hamilton. “To provide that support, I worked with the Cleveland Clinic to launch the 4th Angel mentoring program.
The program pairs newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers of a similar age and cancer experience. The mentors work as life coaches and role models, and it’s exciting to see these relationships being formed.”