Peer-to-Peer Support from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

A graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, John W. Pacheco has more than three decades of experience in real estate development and investment. In 1978, he founded Financial American Corporation, where he serves as chief executive officer. John W. Pacheco is also an active philanthropist, supporting such national organizations as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The largest volunteer health organization in the world, LLS is committed to raising awareness and funds for blood cancer research. Among the organization’s various programs is the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, which offers peer-to-peer support for individuals who have recently received a cancer diagnosis. The program draws on the experience of volunteer survivors, each of whom is trained in basic counseling and educated on a wide variety of local resources. Participants benefit from the perspective of someone who has experienced cancer firsthand, while family members can connect with those who have been in similar positions.

Whenever possible, the program matches participants by diagnosis, age, and gender, ensuring an appropriate fit for everyone involved.