2009-10-29 / Local & State

Volunteer To Help Others On The Road To Recovery

Thanks to advances in medical research, many cancers that were once fatal can now be treated successfully. Now there is a road to recovery for many cancer patients. But it’s a long road, and a difficult one if you can’t get to the necessary treatments.

The American Cancer Society is in need of people to volunteer a little of their time as well as their car to help cancer patients get to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. If you have a car, insurance and a good driving record and can spare a few weekday hours each month, you could be a lifesaver to a cancer patient. You will be asked to pick up the patient at his or her home, and provide transportation to and from their treatment facility.

You will be provided with a short training program to acquaint you with the American Cancer Society and what we do as well as what you need to know to be a Road to Recovery driver. Training covers things such as confidentiality, how to avoid giving advice and how to ensure that you don’t say something inappropriate as this is often a concern expressed by the volunteer.

We work within your schedule. Many trips are only a few miles from the home of the person receiving treatment. As an American Cancer Society Road to Recovery volunteer driver, you tell us what times are best for you. You can also tell us where you are willing to drive. Give us a call at 264-6266 or e-mail connie. woodruff@cancer.org to find out more about this rewarding volunteer program and help us drive cancer from the face of the earth!

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