Peer-to-Peer Coaching Helps Young Cancer Patients Be Themselves
For Shelby Black, 2021 was a year for anniversaries. The California native celebrated her first year living in the Triangle. She marked a significant personal health milestone — nine years in remission from brain cancer. And she began her second year of participating in Bobby's Coaches, Duke's peer support program for young adults with a cancer diagnosis and their parent caregiver.
Bobby's Coaches is named after Bobby Menges, a Duke University student who channeled his own cancer diagnosis into fundraising and mentoring college students with a chronic illness before he passed away in 2018.
(CIRCLE PHOTO (TOP) Duke University student Bobby Menges passed away from brain cancer in 2018 at age 19. The "I'm Not Done Yet Foundation, which was started by Bobby's parents, supports "Bobby's Coaches" — Duke's peer support program for young adults with a cancer diagnosis and their parent caregiver.