One of the unique programs at YSC that is made possible by the money raised by TdP riders is SurvivorLink Peer Mentoring. This program helps young women facing breast cancer find the support, wisdom and understanding that only a fellow survivor can provide. Young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer talk to YSC about their situation and their greatest concerns and then they are matched with another young woman who understands the unique challenges she is facing. No matter what the diagnosis or issue she is facing, YSC will match these women with a trained, empathetic peer mentor for a one-on-one phone call.
YSC SurvivorLink peer mentors are screened and go through intensive training through online modules that prepare them to be a support to other women. YSC has mentors from a variety of ages, backgrounds and life experiences including those who:
- were diagnosed in their early 20's
- are partnered with other women
- have had chemotherapy while pregnant
- live with metastatic disease
- are estrogen receptor +/- or HER2+
- have had a double mastectomy or an oophorectomy
- are triple negative
Because of the generosity of Tour de Pink riders and donors, YSC has been able to expand the SurvivorLink Peer Mentoring program to ensure every woman who wants to be connected is matched perfectly to provide the important support she needs.