Scott Hamilton has dedicated his life to promoting cancer research and awareness in order to create a cancer-free world. When diagnosed with cancer in 1997, Scott identified three "angels" who helped him. His oncology physician was his first angel, his oncology nurse was his second angel, and his family and friends were his third.
What he found missing, however, was a fourth angel, someone who had gone through the same experience and who understood what he was feeling. Someone, in short, who had "been there." After defeating his illness, Scott launched The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative and its first survivorship program - The 4th Angel Mentoring Program.
His host of "angels" continues to grow, successfully supporting and comforting patients facing their own battle with cancer.
How does the Program Work?
Anyone diagnosed or caring for someone with cancer is eligible to be matched with a mentor. When a patient or caregiver requests a mentor, the program staff facilitates a match with respect to diagnosis, gender, and age. The mentor makes the initial contact with the patient to offer one-on-one support over the phone or e-mail.
What is a 4th Angel Mentor?
Not all angels have wings and halos. Some angels are people just like you who have had their world turned upside down by cancer and now want to share their knowledge with someone who is about to go through the same thing.
4th Angels are empathetic cancer survivors with firsthand knowledge. They are positive, supportive and able to give their time and life experience to help put a patient at ease. If this describes you and you would like to become a 4th Angel, we would love to hear from you.