When a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer, many people want to help but don’t know how. That’s why Susan G. Komen Central Indiana teamed up with Indianapolis company WhatFriendsDo to create a new peer-to-peer online network, More Than Friends.
More Than Friends is a collaboration between two local organizations dedicated to battling breast cancer and making the cancer journey a little more bearable for the patient and their loved ones.
The website launched in March 2017 to provide ways for existing friends to support each other during critical times of need, while also facilitating new connections between local breast cancer patients and Komen Central Indiana volunteers who want to lend a hand.
It’s free to use More Than Friends, from creating a support network to joining an existing network. From there, the user can access a variety of tools, including:
- A calendar to help users organize practical tasks, like meal delivery, errands, transportation, child care and more, making it easier to fit helping a loved one into a hectic schedule
- A “Help Registry” that allows users to build wish lists of items needed during a cancer journey
- A “Leave a Note” feature that allows members of a support network to send encouraging messages
- A blog and photo video board that cancer patients can use to let their network know about their progress. It can be exhausting to keep everyone updated through a cancer journey, and this feature streamlines the process.
The site also features daily tips and a personal concierge service to provide expertise to those going through an event and the people who want to help them in a meaningful way. Learn about other features on the How It Works page.