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Become a Neuro-Oncology Peer Support Volunteer

Within the UCSF Sheri Sobrato Brain Cancer Survivorship Program, we make a distinction between Survivors and Thrivers. Survivors are doing the best they can living with their disease, managing their side effects, and trying to learn as much as they can about it. Thrivers take this a step further and seek to make meaning out of their disease, connect in a supportive way with others, and live their best lives no matter their circumstances. There is no right or wrong here, simply a preference of mindset.

Illustration of Survivors and Thrivers

For those in the Thriver mindset, it is helpful to meet others like you. Thus, we have created an opportunity to meet others while simultaneously giving back through our Neuro-Oncology Survivors’ Peer Support Program. Becoming a UCSF Neuro-Oncology Peer Support Volunteer involves:

  1. Attending a 2-hour online training (held twice a year in the Spring and Fall)
  2. Completing some online paperwork
  3. Connecting with a current peer volunteer to receive support and get personal information on what it is like to be part of the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Peer Support Thriver community

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Support Volunteer, please send an email to You do not need to be a UCSF patient to become a volunteer. You do, however, need to be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor.


Thursday Thrivers’ Community

Fully trained Neuro-Oncology Peer Support volunteers will be invited to join our weekly Thursday Thrivers group where you continue the learning, practice the skills, and support one another along the way. Gatherings are held every Thursday from noon – 1pm, Pacific Time, and you may attend as many meetings as you are able. There is no requirement for Peer Support volunteers to attend these meetings; it is entirely optional.