History of 4th Angel
Cancer Support: The 4th Angel Story
After recovering from his cancer, Scott Hamilton identified three angels who helped him through the ordeal. Scott’s oncology physician at The Cleveland Clinic was his first angel; his oncology nurse, his second angel; and his family and friends, his third. What he felt was missing, however, was a fourth angel: someone who had gone through a similar experience and would understand what he was feeling; someone who had been there. His idea was to create a format in which cancer survivors or caregivers could talk to their peers about the cancer experience. Thus, the survivor-to-patient/caregiver mentoring programs were born.
With Scott as its driving force, 4th Angel is an innovative, interactive approach to cancer care in which newly diagnosed patients or caregivers are matched with trained volunteers. While emphasizing one-on-one contact, people are matched with mentors of similar age and cancer experiences to best empower caregivers and patients with knowledge, awareness, hope … and a helping hand.