2010-12-02 / Letters

Volunteers Needed For ACS Program

To The Editor:

This year more than 74,000 residents in Pennsylvania will learn that they have cancer, and for many of them, the biggest obstacle they face is getting to their lifesaving treatment. That’s why the American Cancer Society needs the community’s support for its Road to Recovery┬« program.

Road to Recovery provides volunteer transportation for cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. The volunteers who drive and coordinate rides for this program provide a crucial service to patients whose families and friends cannot drive them for every treatment

Drivers are an important part of a patient’s recovery, providing moral support and a sympathetic ear. Volunteers can be retirees, students, homemakers or someone with some time to spare. The main requirements are the desire to help others and to meet people, and, of course, a car in good working condition.

Coordinators are also indispensable to the program. They act as a liaison between those needing rides and the volunteers – literally coordinating with drivers to ensure that each patient has the transportation they need to get to treatment. The main requirements for a coordinator are a working e-mail address and telephone.

We hope that people in our community with a morning or afternoon available every week or month will participate in this lifesaving program. A person can volunteer as often as he or she wishes. The American Cancer Society provides an orientation, support materials and other assistance.

Interested volunteers can call Connie Woodruff at the American Cancer Society at 717-264-6266 for more information. Please consider helping cancer patients on their road to recovery.

Connie Woodruff American Cancer Society Community Cancer Control Specialist

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