Bobby’s Coaches Program at Duke Health
With an initial donation of $150,000 from the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation, Duke University Health System has begun a program for young adults who have recently completed cancer treatment or are nearing completion of active treatment, and for parents of young adult cancer survivors, to receive telephone-based support from a peer health and wellness coach who also has personal experience with cancer. In honor of Bobby's passion to support patients as they transition to adolescence and young adulthood, the Bobby’s Coaches program was created to partner with patients and parents through the shared experience of being or caring for a cancer patient as they make their transition to survivorship and independence.
The peer coach for young adult patients helps support the young adult as they begin their next phase into survivorship and adulthood and build the skills they need to actively manage their health and wellness to thrive as a survivor. The parent peer coach also helps parents navigate their own transition to parenting a young adult who is now a cancer survivor, determine their next steps and life choices, and support the independence of their young adult in managing their health in the context of survivorship.
The coaches have been recruiting across Duke’s Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital and Health Center and at events for Duke’s young adult oncology patients. While informing patients, families, and providers about the Bobby’s Coaches program, we have been asking, “Why are you not done yet?”, and we have been inspired by what has been shared: “I have more to do!” ... “I have a team supporting me”... “I have more traveling to do” ... “Because I hope and pray that it will work out, and it will because you just have to believe” ...
I'm Not Done Yet is committed to continuing - and growing - its support of the Bobby's Coaches project, as well as other AYA initiatives at the Duke University Health System. This demographic is underserved, and it's the mission of the I'm Not Done Yet foundation to help fill the voids for this vulnerable group of patients.
The Bobby's Coaches program was funded in large part through the efforts of the Duke PIKE fraternity, Bobby's home-away-from-home while a student at Duke. The young men of PIKE - past, present and hopefully future - have demonstrated their commitment to their classmate, brother and friend through their fundraising efforts at their annual Shave4Shreiber/Buzz4Bobby event which they've hosted since 2016, in honor of Bobby and Mark Schreiber, another PIKE brother who battled cancer while at Duke. A portion of the proceeds from the S4S/B4B events have been donated to the I'm Not Done Yet foundation to support its initiatives at Duke.