Ugyon, a newly formed cancer support group in Bacolod City, is calling for volunteers.
“We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and experiences. Their time and dedication can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need,” Tina Montinola Monfort, one of the organizers, said Friday, Dec. 8.
They are in need of volunteers to be patient messengers, closet of hope treasure hunters, prayer warriors, support group facilitators and administrative support, she said.
Patient messengers are needed to assist cancer patients who need to go to the hospital for their chemotherapy/radiation, and with their hospital discharge.
Closet of hope treasure hunters will be tasked with hunting for cancer care items.
Among the items that will be needed are thick, warm socks or a blanket in case a cancer patient gets cold during or after an infusion, peppermint or ginger tea or hard candies to alleviate nausea, a neck pillow to use at infusions;
A cancer care caddy to hold anything a cancer patient needs to bring during infusions, items for oral care, sanitizers, lip balms, hypoallergenic skin care, reading materials, puzzles, crafts, and gadgets for reading and music.
Prayer warriors are needed to commit to fervent and consistent prayer, interceding for the healing, strength and emotional well-being of individuals battling cancer, and to offer encouragement to patients and their families, fostering a sense of hope and trust in divine intervention, and organizing prayer groups to uplift the needs of those affected by cancer.
Support group facilitators are also needed to guide and facilitate group discussions, ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak and be heard.
Administrative support volunteers are needed to help with organizing resources, scheduling meetings, and managing communications to keep the support group running smoothly.
Those interested in volunteering can visit the Facebook page of the Ugyon Cancer Support Group Bacolod or call 09173015722, 09176247923 or 09175712171, Monfort said.*