A Fresh Chapter

Outcomes & Results

Outcomes & results


Since 2013, A Fresh Chapter Has:
  • Transformed the lives of hundreds of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers through global community service experiences that build resiliency and the courage to turn adversity into positive action.
  • Raised awareness about the detrimental emotional scars of cancer including depression, isolation, anger, fear of recurrence or death and the need to provide innovative models to accelerate growth and healing.
  • Expanded from a pilot volunteer program in India to sites in Peru, Costa Rica, South Africa and the United States – completing eight service programs that rippled out to benefit thousands. 
  • Donated over 5,000 volunteer hours to serve non-profits like Mother Teresa’s in India, Amate – a cancer support offering in Peru, Etafeni – a South African NGO supporting those affected and infected by HIV, as well as U.S. based non-profits like L.A. Kitchen and St. Vincent de Paul. 
  • Partnered with Eli Lilly & Company to meet the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Patient Advocacy goals through an innovative corporate partnership model. Through this program, 10 Lilly employees from around the world and across multiple levels of the organization – each personally impacted by cancer – joined 10 other cancer patients and survivors for a 2-week program in Lima, Peru that wove together volunteerism with psychosocial support, cultural immersion, team building and leadership development. 
  • Created a global network that includes thousands of cancer survivors, patients, their families and caregivers, oncology health professionals, social workers, non-profits, and corporations – with a combined reach of millions of people – that are all committed to the cause of cancer support.
  • Developed and delivered online tools, resources, and support as part of a comprehensive six-month program experience – designed to help our participants improve quality of life and discover a new sense of agency to turn adversity into positive action. 

Whether returning to work with renewed purpose, healing relationships with loved ones, committing to ongoing volunteering, or even making peace with dying, AFC’s revolutionary approach to cancer support is building stronger collaborative communities and a better world. If you are an organization interested in learning about how you can partner with us, click here.

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A Commitment To Results

As part of A Fresh Chapter’s commitment to a deep and lasting positive impact on our participants, we have implemented a performance management methodology to continually assess program results. Through this methodology, we monitor a series of indicators with pre-program, on-site, and post-program surveys to assess the participant’s emotional state, cognitive behaviors, and ability to make meaning out of adverse circumstances.

In addition to the indicators we have customized based on the objectives of the program, A Fresh Chapter also utilizes the standardized PROMIS Facit-Sp validated instrument for measuring spiritual well-being. As we continue to grow and aggregate data from our programs, our intent is to design a more robust measurement system and contribute to broader research to demonstrate the efficacy of volunteering as a catalyst for healing the emotional scars of cancer.  A Fresh Chapter’s performance management methodology was designed by Michelle DiSabato of Community Impact Consultants Inc., an expert in program impact management, with input from Dr. Arash Asher, Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

One year ago I returned home from an incredible journey in India and an experience that both changed me and prepared me. I had no idea it would be only months before my sweet daughter would have to battle cancer for a fourth time. A Fresh Chapter gave me the opportunity to explore, to engage, to heal, and to prepare for what has proved to be the biggest challenge of our life. I am reminded that joy and struggle can coexist. I am reminded that I am loved and always welcomed home but mostly, I am reminded that time goes on whether we want it to or not, and the only choice any of us have is to make the best of it. — Jennifer Montgomery-Lay, 2016 India Odyssey Tribe
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A Fresh Chapter offers innovative partnership opportunities that can be tailored to your organization’s goals and range from traditional sponsorship to customized programs that blend employee wellness, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility. For more information, visit our Partner page.

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