Unsung Hero Sam Short Helps Make Connections

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This is one story in a continuing series of profiles on unsung heroes at MD Anderson -- people who do extraordinary things in the service of patients, their families or colleagues.

Meet Sam Short, a senior administrative assistant for Anderson Network in the Department of Volunteer Services. When she is not moderating the Cancer Survivor Message Board or updating membership services, she is busy connecting cancer patients and caregivers on the Patient and Caregiver Support Line

Here, patients and caregivers are matched with survivors and caregivers who have similar cancer diagnoses and treatments, regardless of where they were treated.

"I enjoy the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of patients and caregivers during a difficult time," Short says. "Patients and caregivers need to know they are not alone in this cancer journey."

The Patient and Caregiver Support Line will celebrate its 25th anniversary in October. The program has made more than 25,000 matches since it was established in 1986.

To become a telephone support volunteer or to be connected with another survivor or caregiver, call 800-345-6324 or 713-792-2553, or contact Anderson Network.

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