The MRF’s Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer support program designed to connect melanoma patients or caregivers with survivors or family members who have “been there”. Volunteer Buddies provide non-professional, peer-to-peer emotional support and advice. Volunteer Buddies listen, share experiences and offer support. Matches are made based on stage of diagnosis, type of melanoma, treatment(s), age, gender and primary concerns. The Buddy Program would not exist without dedicated MRF volunteers. These volunteers undergo training to learn about the MRF, the latest trends in melanoma and on available resources so they can provide the most current, accurate information possible to their buddies.