Cancer survivors share experience to help others

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - From helping newly diagnosed patients adjust to providing information to giving them access to programs that could help purchases needs such as a wig, the Reach to Recovery program is making a difference for breast cancer patients.

It is a program where breast cancer survivors reach out to newly diagnosed patients to help them better understand what they need to know. The voluntary program, organized by the American Cancer Society, is a confidential program centered around the patients' needs.

Sharon Hill is a breast cancer survivor for 8 years now. She says this program is a great service to those diagnosed, "Their initial reaction is just fear and 'what will I do next' and whenever you can speak with someone who has been there and done that and is on the other side of it and doing great, then that just helps them to cope with the immediate problem of it."

American Cancer Society organizer Sharon Mitchell is overseeing the group. She says in the years she has been doing it, many patients they have spoken with have come back after recovering and volunteered to speak to others.

"They know how important that visit was to them when they were diagnosed with breast cancer," said Mitchell.

That important help is why so many are devoting their time simply to help others.