2013-02-21 / Local & State

Free Rides To Cancer Treatments Available

Cancer Society program provides volunteer transportation for cancer patients


Every day, cancer patients need rides to treatment. Some may not be able to drive themselves, and family and friends cannot always help. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Road to Recovery program provides volunteer transportation for cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. The trained 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

The program is free to cancer patients who need it. To arrange a ride, call the ACS at 1-800-227-2345 as soon as the need for a ride is known. Please allow the Cancer Society time to plan and schedule a volunteer driver.

The ACS is always in need of drivers as well. 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, a good driving record, no criminal history and a car in good working condition.

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 ACS provides training, support materials, pays for a criminal/back-ground and driving record check and other assistance to our volunteers.

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