To be BOLD in the
face of cancer is
possible with support

BOLD Brothers & Sisters

BOLD Brothers & Sisters is a FREE peer mentoring program for teens and young adults who have or have had a parent or close caregiver diagnosed with cancer. This program aims to match mentees to peer mentors that have also gone through the experience of having a loved one diagnosed with cancer to reduce feelings of isolation and increase their sense of support and resilience. In addition to the emotional support they receive through their BOLD brother/sister mentor, mentees receive career and academic guidance through workshops so that every young person affected by parental cancer knows they are not alone and can have a future where hope and success are possible.

Introducing our Peer Mentors

Cassandra

Cassandra is a Bronx resident. Her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2010. She loves being around kids and says that she wants to become a peer mentor because she "wants to do something for someone else that she didn’t have". Her advice to teens and young adults who are struggling with the cancer diagnosis of a parent or close caregiver is "To never give up hope". She has been a huge help to her mother and makes sure to always keep her mother's spirits up by inviting family over and keeping her mind distracted.

Cassandra
 
Dimitra (Demi)

Dimitra (Demi) is a Bronx resident; she is very creative and outspoken. Her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2014. Demi wants to be a peer mentor because she "wants to give to others what she didn’t have". Her word of advice to a teen or young adult struggling with the cancer diagnosis of a parent or close caregiver is "Whatever is positive go for it!". Dimitra is very close and supportive with her mother and her caring personality shines through with her dedication to the Brothers and Sisters Program.
Demi and her mom are featured in our BOLD YouTube video.

Dimitra (Demi)
 
Jasleen

Jasleen is a Bronx resident who enjoys being involved in her community and giving back. Her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and then breast cancer in 2014. This impacted Jasleen very much as she started going down the wrong path. She wishes she had someone to talk to that could've helped her through those difficult times. Jasleen is now a full time undergraduate student and wants to be a peer mentor because she "knows how hard it is to not have anyone". Her advice to teens and young adults that have a parent or close caregiver with cancer is "Try to get as much support as possible".

Jasleen
Grace

Grace works part time as a Certified Nursing Assistant and is pursuing medical school. Her father was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2007 and she stated that she had to take on the role of the older sister as her mother was the one that would take care of her father. During this time she felt like her parents weren't open about the reality they were going through and brushed things under the rug. From this comes what motivated her to become a peer mentor. Grace states "I know that hispanic families try to act like they're okay when they aren’t". Her advice to teens and young adults who are struggling with a parent's or close caregiver's diagnosis is "It's okay to not be okay, embrace your emotions don't bottle them in."

Grace
Edwin (Eddie)

Edwin (Eddie) is a Bronx resident and was one of our first peer mentor advisors. His mother passed away from lung cancer and he had a hard time following her death. As a result, he reached out to the BOLD team to ensure that the program would be there to help out other youth dealing with the loss of a parent and steer them towards the right path. He stated "I want to create something that's going to be big, that's going to help others" and as a result he left an important mark on the direction of the BOLD Brothers & Sisters program. His advice to teens and young adults that are struggling with a parent’s or close caregiver’s diagnosis is very direct and honest: "Everything won't be okay, but eat healthy and start taking care of yourself." Because of Eddie’s initiative, we expanded the program to include kids who lost a parent to cancer, and not just those whose parent is still living. At present, Eddie is pursuing his academic goals of completing his college degree and we wish him the best!

Edwin (Eddie)
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