HEAD2head™ is a patient advocacy group offered by the HEADstrong Foundation that connects newly diagnosed patients with a network of patients and survivors of blood cancers to provide peer support, mentoring and guidance.
HEAD2head™ was originally conceptualized by HEADstrong founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori, who from diagnosis was determined to learn as much as he could about the disease that he had. During his battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Colleluori recognized the importance of peer support and embraced the concept of becoming a patient advocate for blood cancer. During his inpatient treatments, Nicholas began to visit and counsel patients, many twice his age. He wanted them to see that regardless of the situation that there was always hope. He valued the importance of the smile and the ability to connect with people all going through the same thing.
“While we cared for Nicholas through every procedure and treatment, we cannot personally explain the feeling of receiving chemotherapy, or the experiences associated with this disease. Our new patient advocacy group is a personalized approach that nurtures the mental health of patients by connecting them with other patients and survivors of the disease. We want people who are dealing with the stresses of a diagnosis of blood cancer to know that they are not alone in the world.” - Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President
Championing the effort is Jessy Kyle, a three time survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Joe Clifford, a survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“We believe that knowledge is one of the best weapons against cancer. In addition to learning from medical professionals, we feel that it’s extremely beneficial for a patient to talk to other patients who can relate. It is crucial for a current patient to engage with survivors so they know that their survival is indeed possible. Our hope is to help structure the Head2head program in a way that is easy for former patients and current patients to connect.” says Jessy Kyle and Joe Clifford, Patient Advocates
Like Jessy and Joe, many others are joining HEADstrong to help educate, encourage and mentor newly diagnosed patients of the disease.
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