The Lewin Fund Improves Quality of Life through the BOLD Buddies Program
The BOLD Brothers/Sisters Program: A Peer Support Program for Bronx Youth and Young Adults with a Mother or Grandmother Facing Cancer
The Lewin Fund financially supports the development of a peer support and education program for Bronx youth and young adults who are caring for their mothers and grandmothers with cancer. This program will help reduce isolation and promote adaptive coping skills, self-esteem, and social functioning.
The BOLD Buddy peer counseling program:
Peer support has been shown to be an important component to the psychosocial care of adolescent and young adult cancer patients. It helps normalize a situation that is not normal in this stage of a young person’s life. Similarly, teenagers and young adult children affected by parental cancer may benefit from having peer support. Peers are a major source of support during the teen years and peer advisors have been found to be an effective means to humanize and increase utilization of services that are available, especially for multicultural students. To date, there are no known studies on the use of peer interventions for teens affected by parental cancer.