HelpLine 1-800-298-2436

Phone Buddy Program

Phone Buddy Program

The Phone Buddy Program is our peer-to-peer program for people with lung cancer. Our Phone Buddy volunteers have either been through or are going through lung cancer treatment and as a result are uniquely qualified to lend support and share information and resources. For many, talking with someone who has been through a similar situation can really make a difference. 

To be matched

It’s easy to get connected. Just call our toll-free HelpLine at 1-800-298-2436 and ask to be matched with a Phone Buddy volunteer or email Tara Perloff, Manager of Support Services at

We'll ask questions about the lung cancer and treatments that you or your loved one are going through or will be going through.  Buddies are generally matched according to the kind and stage of lung cancer and we also try to match specific requests as often as possible. An important part of the match process is finding out what you will find most helpful to talk with a Buddy about. We will then link you with a Buddy who will most appropriately match your needs. Once paired, you can learn about the Buddy’s experiences, share your own and ask questions about treatment and coping. Our Buddies are not medical professionals so they can’t give medical advice but they can tell you about their own experiences, provide support, and above all, hope.

To volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to join the Phone Buddy Program and we’d love to have you join us. If you are interested, just fill out the online form to get the process started! Or you can call us at 1-800-298-2436 or email Tara Perloff at and we'll mail you an introductory packet that fully explains the volunteer process.